Helping Your Student Choose a Career by v4k8BEb2


									Helping Your Student
 Choose a Career
     Counseling Center
    University of Maryland
        Maryland Day
• What dreams do you have for your child in
  terms of major/career?

• What worries do you have about your
  child’s career choice?
            Common Dreams
•   Satisfaction & happiness
•   Success
•   Financial independence
•   Clear direction
            Common Concerns
•   Finances
•   Not being able to get a job
•   Not being able to get into college
•   Chronic indecision
•   Getting stuck in a dead end
•   Being unable to navigate admissions procedures
•   Pressures/barriers related to race, culture, class,
    Elements of a Good Choice
• INTERESTS: What do I enjoy?

• ABILITIES: What am I good at?

• SKILLS: What do I know how to do?

• VALUES: What is important to me?

• OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION: What jobs are out there and
  what is required?

• DECISION-MAKING SKILLS: How do I evaluate information to
  narrow alternatives and choose one?
      How to Foster Interests, Abilities,
                 and Skills
• Dialogue
       e.g. What are your favorite and least favorite
            What did/didn’t you like about…?
• Feedback (strengths/talents you observe)
       e.g. Do you realize how good you are at….?
            I noticed that you really enjoy ____ .
• Activities
       e.g. Encourage extra-curricular activities.
            Use family trips and activities to explore interests.
      How to Introduce the World of Work

• Dialogue
       Talk to your children about your work.
       Have relatives and friends talk about their work.
       Make connections between your child’s interests/strengths
                and various majors and careers.
• Activities
       Take your child to work.
       Encourage part-time jobs and volunteer jobs.
       Read and discuss together articles related to work.
      One way to help with career
        exploration: The SDS
•   Provides self-estimates of interests
•   Provides self-estimates of values
•   Provides self-estimates of skills
•   Uses Holland’s Occupational themes
    (the RIASEC Model).
          The RIASEC Model
•   Realistic
•   Investigative
•   Artistic
•   Social
•   Enterprising
•   Conventional
         Interpreting the SDS
• Use it as one of the many sources of information
  about your child’s interests, values, and skills.
• Review the answers on the whole inventory
  including the three letter summary code.
• Review all possible combinations of the three
  letter code on the Educational/Occupational
• There is no wrong or right answer.
• You can still pursue a major even if it does not
  match your code.
Tips for Parents
             What Not to Do
•   Control
•   Hover
•   Criticize
•   Catastrophize
•   Use all-or-none thinking
•   Limit exploration
•   Stereotype
• UMD Career Center website
• UMD Counseling Center website

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