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Despite the importance of the "career decision", many people invest more time planning a vacation.  For many young people, the "career decision" is made with little or no investigation or planning.  Why? It is the easiest decision to procrastinate.... not required to graduate from high school..... not required to graduate from college.... not even required to get your first job.

      "My parents fell into their careers by accident. Something will pop up."

      "I don't have time.  I just want to have fun! I'll worry about it later!"

      "Don't rush kids to grow up.  They'll figure it out someday on their own."

      Many students/parents don't know where to begin.

      Thinking about “being on your own” and “the rest of your life” is scary.

Frequently, parents are “clueless” about how to help their students explore and evaluate the hundreds of career possibilities available.  Many parents unknowingly assume that the schools will take care of career planning.  Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Education NCES Report, the ratio of guidance counselors to students in public high schools is 1 to 284 in the U.S. 

Another NCES Report indicated that career planning is the high school guidance counselors’ fourth priority behind 1) helping students schedule classes, 2) college preparation and standardized test (SAT, ACT) and 3) dealing with student behavior issues and personal development.  Finally, students are usually not required to utilize most guidance counselor services (including career planning); so many do not invest time in this area.   Some states, like Florida, recognize this fact and are beginning to require student participation in career exploration by incorporating it into the curriculum. 

Without parent involvement some students will postpone career exploration indefinitely.  Many students will enter college without direction, declare a major (if required) and simply go through the motions.  Significant time and financial resources will be wasted.  Parents will become frustrated.  Students will feel increased anxiety as the need to find a job approaches.  Some students will drop out, many will switch majors several times in frustration and others will graduate with degrees that are not marketable. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 57% of the 18-24 yr. olds in the U.S. live at home with their parents.  This waste of human talent and resources is avoidable.  Growing competition in the workplace makes pro-active career planning even more critical.  Parent involvement is critical.

This web site is designed 1) to motivate parent involvement by highlighting changes in the global workplace that have significantly raised the stakes for our youth and 2) to empower parents with the tools to motivate and support their children in the career exploration/planning process.

Let's help our young people succeed in this New World!


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