CAREER DEVELOPMENT SUGGESTIONS FOR PARENTS AND
TEENS (also see Self-Assessment
There's more to
preparing for a career than just deciding what you want to do for a
living. For example, it's also important to develop good
communication skills, the ability to "think on your feet,"
and a strong work ethic. Here are some topics that you may find helpful.
THE "RIGHT CAREER"
You can help your
teen plan for a career even before they decide on one.
FOR CAREER CLUES
Most teens say
they "don't have a clue" when asked what they plan to do
when they grow up. These tools can help.
Lots of people are
confused by the difference between a career and a job. Here are some
ideas that will make you think.
Can't get the job
because you don't have experience? Here are some ideas.
You never know
when you may meet someone who knows about a great job, or maybe even
who could hire you. Be ready.
"TEN SECOND RESUME"
Most resumes get
"tossed" after only about ten to thirty seconds of review.
Don't let that happen to yours.
"FIVE MINUTE INTERVIEW"
Don't end your
interview before they find out how great an employee you would make
for them. Some do's and dont's of interviewing.
ARE MANHOLE COVERS ROUND?
Show them you can
"think on your feet" and express yourself during your interview.
ADDITIONAL TOPICS FOR PARENTS AND TEENS
TO REALLY LISTEN TO EACH OTHER
Listening is more
than just being quiet while the other person is talking.
UP WITH YOUR TEEN
don't realize that being a parent is a growing process. "Growing
up" can be tough on parents.
WITHOUT BEING DISAGREEABLE
You can use
disagreements to build relationships instead of building walls.
TO "FAIL SUCCESSFULLY"
Everyone has heard
stories of famous people who never would have gotten where they are
without going through a series of failures. You can help your teen to
use failure as a tool to learn from and gain valuable knowledge and experience.