I am working on a project and would love to be able to share some advice from the PinkPetro community with high school girls interested in energy careers.
If they know they have interest, math related, science, computers. I would recommend end of every year, place notes, test, any information into heavy storage bags, index course on bag. And store in plastic totes with lids. As they enter college, great refresher and as they enter into career. Depending upon type job, you may use same formulas or variety. This is also useful to do as you take necessary certification courses.
When I was graduating from high school, my dad brought home information about geology, which started me toward a career in Geophysics. Initially, I thought " that's not me". But honestly I knew nothing about geology or the oil industry. So my advice would be to be open to learn what else is out there. I was going to be a math or science teacher because that is what I knew about.
Eileen Mahlow our advice is similar. The more you know of what is out there, the more likely you are able to find something you can enjoy. I had a few career changes as I found my "path" and it has only made me more well rounded and able to build my ideal role.
A universal truth is that many people are unsure of what career they want to be in at that age (or even later!) whether they are male or female.
I have two pieces of advice. The first is that common one quoted all the time, especially for young women - which is that you can be anything you want to be. There will be many who will tell you otherwise, but you should only listen to your own heart. Find a mentor as soon as you can, and listen to them.
This is a great site for that, and perhaps Katie Mehnert could look into free "student" accounts for high school and college-age women => 16-21 years-of-age so that they can find a mentor?
The second is that while you may not have an idea of an actual career (Petro. engineer versus L&D facilitator versus HR Manager for example), your own gut feel will tell you what you are interested in.
For me, it was always about helping and teaching others. I enjoy it, and frankly it doesn't matter what "job" I'm in, as long as I feel fulfilled and happy inside.
So think less about a "Job" and more about a "Vocation" that you enjoy and want to explore. In your youth, you will likely change jobs a few times as you find yourself, and there is nothing wrong with that.
I've learned as time has gone on, that the actual degree or certification you have doesn't matter as much as whether you can apply your skills appropriately and be analytical. Obviously, some careers do, but college should be a chance for you to broaden your experiences in education and prepare yourself for life.
Good points, Ian. I have always enjoyed trying new things and strive to take on new challenges. I started out with a B.S. in Clothing and Textiles and, after a few years in technical design, decided to get my MBA. I used the opportunity to take a variety of courses and leveraged my manufacturing experience to intern for an industrial manufacturer. I often speak with new MBAs to discuss my career switch. For me, it was natural but for many, it is seen as a rare occurrence. I had fun finding what I liked to do and what I did well.
To add to your comments above I would also say to be patient (which is difficult for me), the right opportunity will come along but you still need to work at it. Maybe instead of a path we should call it a career spider web, not that you get stuck but that there are many opportunities available and no real end point. Maybe you could help me think of a better term.
A mentor program would be great! I am not one to look back and wish I had taken a different path, but all of this insight can be used to assist someone just starting out.
It's coming . GeNOVators We'll start with 18+ but at some point bring on the rest. Biggest hurdle is legal
What a great project, Juliana.
I'm going to call out a few who have great wisdom....and will have great quotes to share young women pursing energy careers.
A couple more thoughts occurred to me on this topic.
1. Don't worry about picking a career for life. I've had 3 distinct careers. There are jobs which allow you to stay in that line of work your entire life, but I think the current rate of change makes that unlikely. Rather than choosing a career, I'd suggest you choose a starting place and head out. Keep your eyes open as things shift or if you find you aren't in a good place. Be open to learning new things and look for opportunities to shift.
2. Don't look at this as having to get it exactly right. Pick what you think interests you and set out. What I do today and what many of the people I work with do did not even exist as a degree or career when we were in college.
3. There were people who told some of my kids "you must get your degree from an Ivy league school or some other expensive college". I told them as someone who has hired a lot of people, I'm less concerned about your degree and more concerned about what you can do. So if all you can afford is community college, start there. Get a degree or certification that will help you get a job where they will pay for you to get more education.
4. Ask. If you are thinking about a career or area of study, find someone who has that same degree or job. Interview them and learn "the good, the bad, and the ugly". I've been interviewed on several occasions by coworkers kids or friends kids. I am always happy to do so and I believe they always walked away learning something they didn't know about the job or career.
All great points! To your third point, I am so glad I interned when possible (and even tried to delay leaving my undergrad town by getting a job). It gave me skills and experience that really set me apart. My high school internship allowed me to enter college ahead of others and try out my first industry of choice.
I've been giving this some thought since Katie tagged me. This is my advice looking at what I would have liked somebody to tell me:
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