Choosing the career that has the highest salary according to PayScale or the governments rarely makes the best choice for the young adult. Plan for success, based on statistic results from the Dept of Education, etc
Have your teen budget his dream job life.
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Check out 21st Century Skills for a start.
Departments of education, colleges and industry have devised new pathways to fill top high paying careers. These can be reached from a specific high school plan, professional training, college or higher.
These on-ramps work for anyone at any career stage--for high school jobs, college admissions planning, job promotions, and career changes.
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Some colleges and univerisities are proud of their new major offereing "Undecided". Education experts say college is the most expensive, worst place to try to find who one is. True, most won't be thoroughly mature until 27 but teens are not as devoid of identity, goals, likes, and passions as one thinks. Identifying them isn't just about 'identity tests.'
The phrase 'do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life' sounds cliche but statisistics show that is the route to the highest pay.
Most students do NOT drop out for financial reasons but from immaturity. Some advanced planning can prepare your college-bound student for the challenges he or she is about to face. What are his or her worries? Take care of most problems before they have a chance to happen. It is called 'pre-mortem-ing'--a Harvard based process originally--somewhat unfortunately named in today's world--but invaluable planning to for success. With a first year drop out rate of well over 50%, do this.
I know parents have been around and have hard earned knowledge and wisdom. For over 50 years, jobs and wisdom was relatively stable. But what worked 10 or 20 years ago is now doesn't apply in a world of exponentially advancing change through technology effected every job.
I am not asking you to change your opinions, just be aware of how you react when someone suggests something outside your core beliefs.
Your teen's uniqueness is what will be his or her top earning, top success asset. Often we try to make our teens into 'the ideal candidate that no college could turn down.' He or she probably has it within him or her and doesn't need to become or go through the checklist to be a different 'ideal.' Standards of excellence were already being re-written before Covid, and more so now. New ways to establish excellence that colleges and employers want. College choice advisor planning.