Prepare in High School
Want to begin preparing for a green career before you even leave high school?
Already know you have a passion for environmental issues, and think a green career might be for you? There are lots of ways to explore and prepare while you're in high school.
Take the Right Classes
Not many classes are specific to green, but many green careers require a strong grasp of math and science. Learn key skills and knowledge by taking as many of these classes as you can manage:
- Algebra (two years)
- Earth or environmental sciences
Don't forget to take language arts and social studies courses too. These teach you how to communicate and help you understand green issues in the context of politics, culture, and history.
Take College Classes Early
Find out if your school participates in programs where you can earn college credits in high school. These also allow you to explore advanced topics. Don't forget to consider Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) which allow you take actual classes at a college for free.
If you plan to go to college, make sure you take the right high school courses to prepare for and get into college.
Hobbies and Activities
There are many hobbies and activities out there to help you learn about environmental issues and try on a green career.
- Consider volunteering with local or state environmental organizations.
- Attend an environmental summer camp. Search for Minnesota camps using the Summer Enrichment Guide or Star Tribune's Summer Camp Guide. Both are updated every spring.
- Enter green-themed contests like the Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice Video Competition or the We Can Change the World Challenge. Some contests may be local, while others are national or international. Search for more contests.
- Organize a neighborhood cleanup.
- Join environmental organizations that match your interests to learn about environmental issues.
- Consider work-based learning as a way to learn more about careers from adults in those careers.
- Explore the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.
- Subscribe to and read blogs, magazines, or newspapers on environmental topics. Start with the ISEEK blog or the Green Collar Blog.
- Attend public lectures, workshops, and forums on green topics. These are often held at local colleges and universities.
- Consider attending the Minnesota Living Green Expo.