Parents are the most important influence in their children’s chosen career path. Most people spend 14 years in school, 20 years as a parent, BUT 45 years in a career; more time than anything else in their lives. The right career decision will have an enormously positive impact. Helping your child make a satisfying and successful career choice success can be one of the most rewarding aspects of parenting.
Family support is more important than any other factors, including the student’s IQ or economic status. Parents know their child’s interests, abilities and goals better than any other person involved in education. They can help match these to a career.
Over a lifetime, the gap in earning potential between a high school and a B.A. is more than $800,000*
Exploring careers while in high school saves money
30% of college students take five or more years to get their degree? **
Planning helps students reduce the possibility of requiring extra timeand extra money to complete a degree.
* College Board, 2007
**The National Center for Educational Statistics
*** College Board, 2007
***National Association of Colleges and Employers
Career exploration and planning should begin as early as middle school.
How to help Grade School and Junior High students:
Encourage participation in career exploration activities such as 8th Grade Career Fair and Health Career Camp
Encourage enrollment in Algebra in 8th Grade so that Geometry and Advanced Math classes can be taken in high school
Don't say no to their dreams
Encourage them to investigate possible careers and discuss how those careers match their interests and goals
Take an interest in what your child is studying and homework
Meet with counselor to make a 4 year plan based on career choice
Encourage enrollment in challenging courses to be prepared for college
Encourage extracurricular activities and volunteering. These are important leadership skills. Keep a folder of participation and any awards. These will be useful when applying to colleges and scholarships.
Encourage your child to take to take the PLAN or PSAT to prepare for the PSAE, ACT or SAT.
Encourage participation in job shadowing, career fairs, PCCS activities such as Men inNursing, and Construction Trades Expo
To find out more about Partnerships for College and Career Success, contact your school counselor
or contact the Lake Land College Partnerships for College and Career Success office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-234-5372
5001 Lake Land Blvd.
Mattoon, IL 61938-9366