Parents have significant influence on their son's or daughter’s decision about post- secondary education. However, they walk a fine line between advising and dictating when it comes to this important step toward a future career.
John Pritchett of the Waukesha County Technical College Career Development Services Department has these tips for parents of high school students:
Talk about what comes to mind when you think of success in a career.
Help your child identify his/her skills, strengths and abilities.
Discuss what kind of life the student wants to have and how career fits into those desires. This includes identifying spiritual, geographic, monetary and community values or priorities.
Help students explore careers by connecting them with your contacts in various fields to set up informational interviews or job shadowing.