Slide 1: Help Your Child Identify Interests, Explore Careers, and Develop Plans for the Future. Slide 2: Why Should You be Involved in your Child's Education and Career Planning? Slide 3: Why Parent Involvement? * Research shows that you have the greatest influence on your child's career choices. * As a parent, you have the best knowledge of your child's interests and abilities. * You have more interest than anyone else in your child's well-being and success. * Your child's future is too important to be left to luck or chance. Slide 4: When Parents are Involved Children have * Higher grades and test scores * Higher graduation rates * Better attendance at school and get more homework done * Fewer placements in special education And * Are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education * Show more positive attitudes and behavior. Source: The Family is Crucial to Student Achievement, National Committee for Citizens in Education, 1994 Slide 5: Elementary Career Awareness In Elementary School Your Child Needs to: * Identify personal interests, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. * Describe how work at home and/or school relates to jobs in the community. * Describe how work is important and attainable to all people. * Demonstrate a positive attitude. * Describe how personal beliefs and values affect decision making. Source: American School Counselor Association Slide 6: Middle School Career Exploration In Middle School Your Child Needs to: * Demonstrate effective skills in working with others. * Show an appreciation for the similarities and differences among people. * Describe individual skills and aptitudes required to fulfill roles. * Identify strategies for managing personal finances. * Describe skills needed in a variety of occupations. * Demonstrate skills needed to obtain and keep a job. Source: American School Counselor Association Slide 7: High School Career Exploration In High School Your Child Needs to: * Understand how individual personality, abilities and interests relate to career goals. * Demonstrate skills that can apply to a variety of occupations and changing work requirements. * Understand how high school education relates to college majors, further training and/or entry into the job market. * Be able to use a wide variety of career information resources. Source: American School Counselor Association Slide 8: Discuss Your Child’s Interests Ask Your Child: * What are your favorite school subjects? * What extracurricular activities do you enjoy most? * What are your favorite hobbies? * What do you like to do with your friends? * What special skills do you think you possess? * What have you done that you are most proud of? * What do you like to do with your free time? * What interests you the most? Slide 9: Nurture Your Child’s Interests If your child has an interest in animals, he or she might like to: Elementary School * Feed and care for a family pet. Middle School * Join a 4-H Club. * Walk or care for a neighbor’s dog. High School * Volunteer at a local veterinary clinic, animal shelter or zoo. Slide 10: Nurture Your Child’s Interests If your child has an interest in art, he or she might like to: Elementary School * Make birthday or holiday cards for relatives and friends. Middle School * Create graphics for the school newsletter. * Design invitations for a special event. High School * Design a personal or school website. Slide 11: Nurture Your Child’s Interests If your child likes to help people, he or she might like to: Elementary School * Join a Girl Scout or Boy Scout club. Middle School * Teach a younger child to read. * Volunteer to read to nursing home residents. High School * Be a summer or vacation camp counselor. * Assist at a day care center. Slide 12: Nurture Your Child’s Interests If your child likes to build or repair things, he or she might like to: Elementary School * Use Lego's or Lincoln Logs to build things. Middle School * Build a radio or computer from a kit. * Take apart an old appliance and put it back together. High School * Design and build a robot or a piece of furniture. * Help repair or remodel things in your home. Slide 13: Nurture Your Child’s Interests If your child likes sports, he or she might like to: Elementary School * Play on a sports team. Middle School * Assist a coach. * Take a fitness class. High School * Umpire or referee community games. * Coach a youth sports team. Slide 14: What if My Child’s Interests Change? * If your child has been exploring interests, and he or she decides that interests have changed — hurray! * It is just as important for your child to know what he or she does not want to do as it is to know what he or she does want to do. * Exploration is the key to helping make informed decisions. Slide 15: Help Your Child Explore Careers To help your child with career exploration: * Encourage your child to make independent decisions. * Involve yourself in your child’s future planning. * Encourage exploration of all kinds of post-high school education opportunities. * Give your child economic responsibilities. * Encourage job awareness. * Be flexible as the decision-making process evolves. Slide 16: Career Exploration Resources To find your state’s office of America’s Career Resource Network: * Visit www.acrnetwork.org. * Click on Network and then click on your state. Your state’s Career Resource Network office can direct you and your child to career exploration resources. Slide 17: Parent Resources Visit www.acrnetwork.org for Parent Resources Click on Parent Involvement Guide to learn about: * Helping Your Child Identify Interests * Helping Your Child Make Career Decisions * Helping Your Child Make a Post-High School Plan * Finding the Right College * Locating Financial Aid * And more. Slide 18: Career Exploration Resources * America’s Career InfoNet at http://www.acinet.org/acinet * Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm * Your local library has career information books and publications, as well as Internet access to explore careers online. Slide 19: Help Your Child Plan for the Future Slide 20: What Parents Need to Know About Education and the Labor Market Slide 21: Parents Need to Know Unemployment rates for non-institutionalized civilians ages 25 and older Less than a high school diploma 8.2 percent High school diploma 5.4 percent Some college, no degree 5.6 percent Associate degree 4.4 percent Bachelor's or higher 3.4 percent Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2003 Slides 22 and 23: Parents Need to Know Of the 22.2 million jobs to be generated between 2000 and 2010, 17.5 million will require some postsecondary education. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001 Slide 24: Parents Need to Know 8 of the 10 fastest growing occupations between 2000 and 2010 will require some form of postsecondary education. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001 Slide 25: Parents Need to Know 48 of the 50 best paying jobs will require a college degree. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2002 Slide 26: About College Although over 97 percent of students (and their parents) aspire to college, * 63 percent enroll in college the fall following their graduation from high school. * More than a third leave within two years without earning a degree. * Only about half earn a bachelor’s degree by the time they are 29 years old. Source: The Condition of Education, 2002 Slide 27: About College * Community or technical college can lead to well-paying jobs, and may be all a child needs to reach his or her career goal. * Community college can also be the path to a 4-year degree. * Many students start out at a community college to save costs or get a handle on college-level work. Source: Higher Learning Equals Higher Earnings, Center on Education Policy, September 2001 Slide 28: College Preparation * Freshmen who enter college without a career goal or an academic major in mind have higher college dropout rates. * More than 22 percent of college freshmen need to take remedial courses — these do not count as credit toward a degree. * Your child should take challenging courses in high school to prepare for college-level coursework. Slide 29: College Preparation * 83 percent of students who take Algebra I and Geometry in high school go on to college. * Students who don’t take Algebra and Geometry in high school are much less likely to go to college — only 36 percent do. * Taking challenging courses in high school not only helps children get into college, but also increases the chances they will complete college. Slide 30: Help Create Post-High School Plans * Discover the training that is required for your child to meet his or her career goals. * Find colleges or career schools that provide training specific to your child’s goals. * Think about the school’s atmosphere, does your child do better in small classes or large groups? Will he or she do better at a school in a large city or a small town? Slide 31: With your help, your child can create a solid plan that will guide him or her to successful post- high school training and rewarding career.
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