It’s the question that plagues high school students – "What are you doing after high school?" Everyone wants to know from parents, teachers, and peers to the random community member at the high school football game.
Are you going to college? What are you going to study? What is your dream job?
These questions can make an already overwhelmed student crazy. For many the idea of planning out the rest of their life is daunting, and it makes some students put off the decision all together. As a parent there are ways you can help and it begins with helping your student discover their passion.
There are self-assessment tests and interest inventories that match skills and interests to careers that offer the potential for happiness and fulfillment without the stress. Identifying potential career fields early is essential in today’s world because potential career fields lead to potential starting salaries and define education requirements. By knowing early what education requirements are needed for a certain career, and the potential earnings of that career, you and your student will be able to select a college that both offers the program or major required and fits into the budget of what your student will be able to afford after graduation.
To get started visit www.ihaveaplaniowa.gov and utilize the self-assessments in the Career Planning section for High School Students.
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