Part-time jobs, job-shadowing, volunteering and internships all help teens decide whether or not a career they have in mind is the path they want to follow. Encourage your kids to get involved in some way with whatever fields are of interest. It will help them make a more informed decision about the academic route they want to take after high school.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
Good advice, Marie.
Encourage your children to try to make a living doing what they love, that way they will not feel like they are working. I suggest thinking about what your children gravitated towards as young tots. I have three sons ages 19-25 and they each exhibited traits that indicated their true passions before they were even in pre- school. The oldest loved animals, insects and plants. After trying prelaw, he decided to do what he loves and became an environmentalist. The second son always loved to draw and design. He is an now auditor who cannot wait to leave work in the evening and work on refurbishing an old house we bought. He regrets not pursuing archetecture. The youngest loved puzzles and legos and now he is happily majoring in construction science.
Just watch your babies and pay attention what they love to do, that may lead to their future profession.
Its worth every cent to have your child psychometrically tested at a university. They really get to know themselves from the results, sometimes things they did not even know/realise!
Great advice. Kids should take advantage of career days at school too.
Not every teenager is destined for college right out of high school. Some are better off getting training for a good-paying technical job. Then after working for a while, they know more what they want, they can save some money, and then go to college, maybe part-time.
I think the best advice is to find work you truly enjoy and then do your best.
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