Explore career pathways before summer ends

College & Career Readiness, Current Events & News | 07/26/2019

Mary Gardner
Government Affairs Director

Summer is almost over, but it’s not too late to go on a college tour (or five). No matter your child’s age, it is never too early to start talking to them about their future and exposing them to different career pathways.

Going on a college tour can help your child decide not only which college or type of university they like, but if that is the pathway for them. If your child isn’t too sure about attending a university, ask what interests them, which subjects they like in school, and what they hope to be in the future.

  • If your child is passionate about a particular topic, such as welding, take them for a tour of a vocational or technical school. If you can’t find one locally, search around your social network or town and find someone employed in their field of interest. Shadowing a professional for an hour or so can help your child decide if they have substantial passion about a future career.
  • If your child is drawn to the military, call a recruiter and ask if you can go in and learn more about the different branches of our military and what each job entails.
  • If your child isn’t so sure what they want to be when they grow up, plan some various tours and days to shadow different professionals.

The future for our children should be something they look forward to, and as parents we can help them find their passion and their pathways.

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