Find a career that's right for you.
Taking the time to identify your interests and skills will help you be successful and happy in your work.
Watch Alex's story below to see how he discovered that work could be more than just a job—it could be a career he loves.
I did have a job, but it was in fast food and that's not my favorite thing to do in the world.
I actually discovered the youth program in high school. One of the representatives came to my class. They give you a bunch of information on how to write the correct email or letter and they teach you how to become an adult in the real world.
She was talking to us about all these other opportunities just around town and it really was like, whoa, I can do anything that's available?
My ability was the computers. They were like, you said you were interested in computers. We're going to set you in up in the IT department if that's OK with you. They told me that, and I was like, really? That's amazing! That's exactly what I wanted to do!
I was like, a six-week thing; that will give me a good experience before college and make sure this is really what I want to do. During the six weeks, I worked for the county IT department. There's a lot more aspects to the IT than I thought of.
So I went from wanting to - just helping people - to being able to create my own devices to help people. I know now not to focus towards that path of education to instead go to more the engineering instead of the customer service.
This program took me to the point where I go from a kid to an adult and I'm now three years ahead of the people who didn't know what to do. They told me what to expect, how to react, what to do, when to do it, and the proper way to do it.