My son is working in heating and air, and is not really happy with that choice of occupations. He is a very outgoing type of person, and anytime he has ever taken an aptitude test, it always suggests sales. The trouble with that is he doesn't want to sell anything.
How about a career in Real Estate?
Check out a local community college.
Go to their learning office or whatever and speak to a career counselor. Then your son can express his skills and his desires and the counselor can give tons of good information. This is usually a free service.
In my area the community college offers career exploration classes which are free or cheap. For example they'd have a one-day 2 hour class all about the medical/health programs they offer. You might also try taking an adult education class in a field (i.e., take computer hardware repair to see if you might like to become a computer technician.) It's fairly cheap ($80-$100?) for a trial run.
I agree with checking out the Community College, they should have a test he can take that will help identify his true apptitudes and interests. My son took one of these when he was a senior in high school (actually at the Vocational school that is adjacent to his high school).Anyway the deduction from it was that he would probably work out best in an apprentice program rather than trying to go on to college. Of course at first he said they were nuts! He agreed he didn't think college was for him but got caught up in several deadend jobs that took him nowhere for a couple of years. Met a nice girl and got married, she was wise enough to convince him to take a few computer classes at the community school and he was hired by a telecomunications company 6 years ago and has been happy ever since. Just because people tell your son he should be a salesman doesn't mean thats the only way to go. Sometimes you need to "sell"an idea rather than a product. He could have an aptitude for counseling or teaching. Explore the options!
There are lots of opportunities in the care industry for an outgoing person who likes people. He would not have to be a nurse. Perhaps he would consider radiologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapy, or many other medical type careers which do not need degrees to get started.
Is teaching something he would enjoy? How about the sort of social work that helps people with disabilities live in the community?
People skills are rare and he will surely find the right thing for his nature. I wish him every success.
Because your son has great people skills, he'll enjoy and be great at any job involving working with people. Your state job service (unemployment) should be able to give you a list of these type jobs.. I'm thinking Communications or Customer Service... or any managerial position. BTW, I liked that suggestion I saw about real estate because it can be lucrative... However, I think its a type of sales.
How about Tourism? Either as guide or at Hotels? Special requisition for either job is the outgoing personality and nice manners.
Wow! I appreciate you all so much for brainstorming and leaving all of these awesome suggestions! I am going to print this out and pass it all on to him. Sometimes just getting the ideas flowing can make a light go off and lead a person in the correct direction for them. Thank you again, Jackie V.
I'm always looking for his personality type. I have a home based business that requires no selling, no inventorying, no delivering, no collecting. We get paid for word of mouth advertising. It's an Inc. 500 company of 20 years. Just today I got my monthly residual check of over $500. for talking to people about unique, one of a kind, but highly consumable products. You can work at your own pace. I love this job. cartonv2atjunodotcom
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