career help by tdelight


									                                                      Field trips. Field trips are another way for your
                 ow can I Help my                     child to see workers in many different careers. Before
                 Child Experience                     your child goes on a school field trip, ask him or her
                                                      to watch for different types of workers and careers
                 Careers?                             while on the field trip. Then discuss those careers
                                                      with your child afterwards. You may also arrange a
While your child is in middle and high school, he
                                                      field trip, just for you and your child, to a business or
or she can participate in many career exploration
                                                      organization that employs people in your child's
activities. These activities may include:
                                                      chosen career.
Informational interviewing. Encourage your
child to call people who work in his or her           Remember that career choice is a personal decision.
                                                      Do not try to steer your child to a particular career
                                                                                                                  Help Your Child
                                                                                                                                     Make Career
chosen career. Your child should let each person
know the purpose of the call and determine how        because you think it is something you might like.
much time the individual has to talk. Important

questions to ask include:                             Your child may change his or her career interest as a
                                                      result of increased exposure to careers. Continue to
   · What daily activities do you do on your job?
                                                      encourage your child as career choices change - the
   · How did you decide to choose this career?
                                                      more informed he or she is about careers, the better
   · What kind of training did you need to enter
     this career?                                     his or her career decision will be.                         A parent's guide to Career Decision-Making
   · What do you like most about your work?                                                                       for Middle School and High School-Aged
   · What do you like least about your work?                                                                      Students. . .
                                                      For more information:
Career fairs. Take every opportunity to attend
career fairs with your child so he or she has the     The following resources provide you and your child
chance to learn more about various careers.           with important information regarding career decision-
Career fairs are often offered in high schools,       making:
local colleges or by the local chamber of
                                                      U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook
Job shadow experiences. The more your child           Handbook. Find it at your local library or online at:
sees people in the work environment, the more
informed he or she will be about possible careers.
Check to see if programs such as "Take your           Your state’s Career Resource Network Office will
Child to Work Day" exist in your community.           have career information and more information about
                                                      the career decision-making process. To find your
Internships and work-based learning. These            state's Career Resource Network Office, go to:
programs sometimes allow your child to gain  and click on "Network."
high school credit while exploring his or her
career interest area. Internships and work-based
                                                      The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational
learning may be paid or unpaid experiences.
                                                      Information Network (O*Net) can be found online at:
Volunteer work. Encourage your child to      and click on "Skills
volunteer for a business or organization that         Search."
provides jobs in his or her career interest area.
                                                      America's Career InfoNet, created by a federal/state
Vocational classes. If your child's high school       partnership coordinated by the U.S. Department of           This brochure was created using a grant from the Department
offers vocational classes in an area that interests   Labor can be found online at:                               of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education.
him or her, encourage your child to take those
classes to get hands-on experience with the tools
and skills used in the career area.
              hy is my Help                                                ow do I Help my                                               hat Information
              Important?                                                   Child make Career                                             does my Child need
                                                                           Plans?                                                        about Careers?
                                                          Be an active partner with your child as he or she takes       In order for your child to be well informed
Great careers do not simply happen. That is why it        each of these steps. Help your child:
                                                                                                                        about his or her career choice, you should
is important for your child to make career plans.
                                                          Figure out his or her likes and dislikes and what is          help your child gather information that
You are the best person to ensure that your child is
                                                          important to him or her.                                      will help him or her decide if the career
making wise career choices.
                                                          Choosing the right career requires that your child            choice matches personal interests, skills
                                                          understand his or her interests, personality, skills and      and values. Here are some questions that
   · Research shows that parents have the greatest
                                                          values. There are a variety of assessment instruments         should be explored:
      influence on their children's career choices.       that career counselors use to help students identify
   · As a parent, you know your child better than
     anyone else does.
                                                          their interests. You can also help your child think            ·   What will I do in a typical workday?
                                                          about his or her interests, personality, skills and values
   · You have more interest in helping your child         by discussing the things he or she likes and dislikes
                                                                                                                         ·   What preparation/education do I
     choose a rewarding career than anyone else.          and how those preferences relate to career choices. For             need?
   · Your child's future is too important to be left to   more information on interest assessments, see the              ·   Where can I get training for this
     "luck" or "chance."                                  "Helping your Child Identify Interests" section of the              career?
                                                          Parent's Guide at:              ·   Will there be jobs available in the
                                                                                                                              future, when I complete my
Here are some important notes about your child's          Learn about careers.                                                training?
career decision-making process:                           It is important for your child to have as much informa-        ·   How much does this job pay? An
                                                          tion as possible about his or her career interests. Many
                                                                                                                              exercise in budgeting can help your
  · Because of your child's limited knowledge             career decisions are made with limited information,
                                                          and this can result in wrong career choices. Help your              child decide if he or she will be able
    about career opportunities, he or she needs
    guidance to choose the best educational and           child gather written information about his or her career            to maintain the lifestyle of his or her
    career path.                                          interests, talk with people who work in the career, and             choice on the expected salary.
  · Your child should explore many different
                                                          experience work in his or her chosen career. See the           ·   What knowledge and skills are used
                                                          U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information
    careers and think about what he or she likes                                                                              in this work?
                                                          Network (O*Net) at:
    and dislikes about each one before focusing on        Click on "Skills Search."                                      ·   Are these knowledge and skill areas
    a career.                                                                                                                 in which I am already strong, or will
  · It is important to have a career plan in place        Set primary and secondary goals.
                                                                                                                              I need additional development?
                                                          Your child may have a dream career in mind, but he or
    before investing time, energy and money in                                                                                How do I get that development?
                                                          she should explore alternative goals as well. For exam-
    college.                                                                                                             ·   What are the opportunities for
                                                          ple, if your child's primary career goal is to be a profes-
                                                          sional athlete, he or she should also consider other                advancement in this career?
                                                          goals in the sports field such as sports medicine, sports      ·   Is the work environment (indoors/
                                                          promotion, coaching or physical education. It is always
                                                                                                                             outdoors, office/factory, groups/
                                                          wise to have alternative goals.
                                                                                                                             alone) one in which I work best?
                                                          Create and follow a plan.                                      ·   Does the work require physical
                                                          Help your child create an educational plan to reach his
                                                                                                                              activity, and am I willing and able to
                                                          or her career goal. This includes carefully choosing
                                                          courses to take in high school. Make sure that your                 perform at the level required?
                                                          child is well prepared for college or other post-high
                                                          school training.

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