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Adolescence is a challenging transition from
childhood to adulthood. Young people want to be treated as adults
who have a sense of purpose and direction in life (Strom et. al.,
2014). Students are seeking to find their place in the greater
society and need help from family for direction. Reflecting back
to the expectations of the early 1950's, little was required to
become a well established, participating member in the community.
A high school diploma or trade school would be sufficient in
preparing young people for the realities of society. Young women
were expected to enfranchise the traditional house wife role and
care for their husband. Much has changed since then, a high school
degree is key to any type of work and higher education or trade
school is required to become well established members of a
community (Strom et. al, 2014).
The family is essential in helping craft a young child's future.
In the Parent's Roles section of
this website, you will read some best practices for parents to
influence their student. "Parents can influence self-concept,
belief and goals by telling their children they are smart and that
they should go to college, which indirectly affects their child's
career decisions" (Ing, 2014, pp. 89). In fact Strom et. al (2014)
found that 78% identified relatives as the source they prefer to
talk with about career planning. This means that parents,
siblings, aunts, uncles, and other family members play a
significant role in determining the future of student success.
Parents should have high expectations for their students when
their student is considering career choices. Even if current
family members are not as successful, students will meet or exceed
their families expectations.
Parents who struggle to understand the career readiness process
can prepare themselves by attending community supported
information sessions to keep informed on the current process. They
should also prepare their students for significant, challenging
decisions when considering their future goals. The table below
(quoted from Strom et al., 2014) presents some questions family
members can ask their student as they prepare for post-high school
plans. There are no per-requisites to asking your student these
types of questions.
|How long does it take to prepare for this
||Time and money are important factors.
|What are my reasons for wanting this
||Personal motivation should be clear.
|Does this career provide opportunities for
||Explore the possibilities of promotion.
|Am I aware of stresses that are related to
||Think about necessary adjustments.
|How can this career have an impact on my
||Discuss with people in this career.