Congratulations! You’ve finally graduated. If you aren’t college bound in just a few months, chances are you’ll be looking for work. But what do you do if you don’t have any experience and have never had a job?. How do you get the training necessary?. One of the best ways to get job training is to get a job. Granted, without previous training or formal education beyond high school, your ideal job may not be available. However, there’s something to be said about entry level jobs. Oftentimes entry level jobs provide the best training opportunities in the field. A company that hires someone and trains him from the beginning has a vested interest in continuing that training for career advancement within the company. New employees should take advantage of every training and educational opportunity that is offered to further their knowledge and skills. The skills and training learned at any job can lead to promotions or pay increases and can be transferred to other companies.
For more formal training, check, with your high school guidance counselors as they are a great resource for finding job training opportunities. School guidance counselors are usually closely connected to county and state programs that offer training for citizens with various needs. A phone call to your local high school, especially if you are a graduate of the school, will give valuable information on the local training opportunities that fit your needs. There are also career development programs that can be found through a quick internet search of your state of residence. Many employers post their jobs through these programs and can provide an overview of their career opportunities and advancement potential.
Another great resource offered at many high schools is the Adult Education Programs. Many high schools and community colleges offer inexpensive classes on a non-credit basis that can provide skills and training in a specific area. The offerings vary from introductory courses through longer, more involved certificate programs. This is a good place to get a feel for a field of interest without making a big commitment of time and money. These classes are often taught by people working in the field and can lead to excellent networking opportunities. The important thing to remember in any training program that your goal is to build a skill set. You want to build skills that will follow you throughout your lifetime and that you can build upon. Any training that you receive, whether through classes or on the job, will make you more marketable and desirable as an employee.