Get outdoors and explore nature!
Plan a camping trip with family or friends complete with a budget, menu and map of researched locations. Try camping when its really cold or hot to test your resilience
Take a field trip to the OKC Wheeler District or a local development. (Contact the builder) See if you can get a part time working with a contractor or take classes to learn to fix up your own house.
Take a field trip to a local airport to land a plane in a flight simulator. See other aviation careers including the air traffic control tower or visit a school that offers aviation mechanics.
See if you could sit down for coffee or observe for the day!
Visit the restaurant in person or talk with a local chef or server to learn more.
Explore the health industry. There are lots of different types of opportunities in health.
Contact your local district attorney's office, usually by county, to set up a time for you to job shadow. Part of this experience is working well with others which in this case would also include your parents and school officials. This experience causes you to take the initiative and work on collaboration which are necessary skills for becoming a good lawyer. Hands on experience is the best way to acquire any skills even transferable skills like these. It will help you to determine if you really like the work of an attorney, not just the thought of being one. You might want to visit different settings: a large urban (city) area, a smaller rural community or even visit the city where your state capitol is located.
Call the local police station and set up a time to interview a traffic officer. You might want to think of some questions you would like to ask them before calling. For example, what is the best and worst part of your job? What do you do most days? Who do you typically work with and what people do you serve. In addition, ask them very specifically what problems they typically have to solve. How do they determine fault? Ask if they will let you be involved in one of their cases and see if can follow some of the thoughts as they make decisions regarding who is at fault in a traffic accident.
Find an officer and ask them what is the most difficult thing about their job. Ask what kind of training or transferable skills required. Ask what character qualities are critical for a law officer? These are the character qualities you must begin to acquire. If you do not want to work toward that, then being a police officer might not be a good fit for you. There are a number of ways to get involved with other officers when you are young by working with them in their programs of outreach to the community. Part of being a officer is creating a safe environment not just punitive measures.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" which is why police officers try to creatively shape safe communities! They try to meet unmet needs that could provoke violence. Check out these programs
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" which is why police officers try to creatively shape safe communities! Check out these programs
K9 University is a great place to start. They will typically welcome your visit and you will get the experience of working with these amazing dogs. Determining if you would like to be around these kinds of dogs is a part of exploring your interests. This would be a great place to volunteer which could eventually lead to a part or full time job. Let them know in the interview of your interest in being part of the K-9 unit.
You can ride with a police officer in their scout car once you turn 18. You would need to ask an officer if you could ride with them or inquire at your school to find an officer that may be available. This will help you understand the profession in a more complete way. You will also be granted the opportunity to ask lots of questions as things come up during your job shadow experience and you will develop some connections which is helpful when acquiring a job.
Contact your local police department to connect to a detective. Ask them to walk you through a case they had to solve reflecting on the steps they took to solve the case. Could you do this kind of work? Do you like details? Do you like to solve problems and help others?
University of Central Oklahoma offers a nationally recognized forensic science program
Take a field trip to explore costs associated, courses required and If that is not possible for you, determine what will work for you. Do your own investigation. Do you like to investigate things or is it just the thought of the investigation that you like. There is a big difference. Also, try summer academies and/or Youth Leadership Forensic Science Programs
If you have an interest in FBI work, there are academies you should look into like the one listed below which will give you lots of hands on training which will prepare you for your future or give you evidence that this is not the right career for you if you do not enjoy the effort that is required to fulfill your responsibilities. It might also help you to determine which specific field you would most enjoy.