When many of us were going through high school, about a third of us knew/OR thought we knew what we wanted to do with our adult lives. Another third had 2 or 3 career that were possibilities, though most weren’t at all certain. Then the last third had no clue what they wanted to do for a career. Many of those had never been encouraged about this.
As graduation approaches, we began “drawn into a career”, though not enthusiastically. Often the parents urged us to make a decision or signed us up to take classes or take a part-time job. As a “kid”, you and your parents may think you have a long time to decide on a career, but before high school graduation occurs, or really in your sophomore or junior years in high school, you find out that decisions have to be made and good grades become critical.
You may recall in elementary school, there were “Career Days”, where the school or teachers may have asked some parents to come to class to discuss their jobs or professions. For the children this day may seem to be more of a “show and tell” about their parents. However, this is really a good idea to expose the children to different careers. Elementary school may be a little young for the children to take this seriously, but it’s possible that some careers may attract the interest of some students.
Today the children seldom look at any career as just for men or women. It tends to be more about the focus of the career, the skills needed, the tasks involved, and the purpose of the position. Just as you might take your children to some college campuses to visit and see what they are like, going to see what is involved in different careers and professions can at least begin to expose the students to different types of work, processes, productions, talents needed, etc. They should also be aware of what salaries each career pays, and what type of life style that salary would cover – even what jobs are in demand! This type of information may sound dry and boring, but it would actually be very enlightening for a young person to learn. It should be a definite eye-opener to become aware of what types of work he/she would like to do, what the work routine would be, and also learn what jobs are being eliminated. If exposed to this while 12-15 years old, that person may have a better chance of identifying a better fitting career for themselves. Career Coaching is also a worthwhile investment for your young adults.