20 Takeasmanysocialstudies,science,andforeignlanguagecoursesasyoucan. These courses will provide you with knowledge and insight into the world in which we live. Also, choose electives that relate to the career fields you’re considering. For example, if you’re thinking about a career in business, take accounting, math, and computer courses. In addition to your academic courses, take courses that will improve your computer skills, and look for courses that will allow you to express yourself creatively. Most importantly, make sure that you’re taking all of the courses you need to fulfill your high school’s graduation requirements. If you’re in a class that’s not right for you, or if you need help deciding which courses to take, see your counselor. Your counselor can help you determine which courses will be best for you. “During high school, I mostly picked the same courses my friends were taking, and courses that didn’t look too hard. I’m a senior now, and I recently decided that I want to be a nurse. Nursing will be the perfect career for me, but I haven’t taken the courses I need to get into our community college’s nursing program. If I’d have thought about this earlier, I could have taken more math and science in high school. I feel like I just wasted a lot of my high school.” Maria Choose a career that’s right for you A career is employment that you enjoy. It’s something that you want to get better at and that you plan to do for an extended period of time. While any job will provide you with an income, a career is both financially and person- ally rewarding. In order to choose a career that’s going to be right for you, you need to consider your abilities (what you’re good at), your interests (what you like to do), and your aptitudes (what you have a natural talent for).You also need to think about what’s important to you – your values (money, work environ- ment, travel, job security, etc.).