Finding a rewarding career and the education contacts it takes to get you there.
For those looking for a multi-decade long career instead of just a job, here's some advice. You should research careers (1) you would like a lot, (2) would be good at, and (3) one that will eventually pay what you require.
High school provides only life basics. A diploma with no skill training afterwards is a key to lower-paying jobs. Trade schools and certain college degrees provide the "hands on" skills which mean more salary and better opportunities.
Some trade schools will take your money but won't train you well enough to be job ready. Some college degrees don't convert to careers--like ethics, underwater basket-weaving, etc. Shop around. Ask personnel directors what advance schooling is best to get hired.
Study your advanced coursework or apprenticeship and make your part-time work in a related field so your early resumes show "Education and Related Work Experience." You may want several resume versions to highlight skills for different jobs you're applying to. Remember, resumes only get you the INTERVIEW--not the job. Practice, go on some interviews to get more at ease and understand what they ask. More advice below:
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