I remember being in my senior year of high School and feeling lost. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my career. I was good at English, French and History but what did this all mean in terms of a career?? I could teach but I wasn’t sure if that was the right choice. There were no career counsellors to help me so I entered University because it was “expected” and a University professor suggested I take Anthropology because she found the study of obscure tribes in South America fascinating. Zzzzzzz! I did not and a year later I left and got a job.
I have asked many young people today if there is any help in high school to help them decide on career choices and they have all told me no. So many of them, like me, enter University with no idea what degree they should pursue let alone a career. I ran into just such a young man at a retail store who had just graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Commerce. I asked him what his career goals were fully expecting him to pursue a job at a financial institution or something similar but he did not want this, was feeling too stressed out to make a choice in terms of a career so he got a job in retail making minimum wage and had to move back in with Mom and Dad. I’m sure that Mom and Dad did not make all those financial sacrifices to put him through school just to have him make minimum wage and then move back in with them! Additionally if he financed his education by way of student loans he is facing a massive amount of debt and no way to pay it off.
So what’s the solution? Hire a good, qualified and certified career coach to help your children sort out the right career and degree choices and then teach them how to do the practical stuff; how to write a resume, how to interview, how to do an effective job search and by the way, on line job search yields the worst results, they need to learn how to pound the pavement, shake hands, network and think on their feet. A career coach also makes use of career aptitude tests to help them to get to know who they are and what their natural talents are so they can make a career choice that they are passionate about and will excel at.
Choosing a career can be a lot of pressure on a young person and making the wrong choice can have lasting negative effects both on them and you so take this one extra step to help them. You’ll be glad you did!! www.kerrybellcoaching.ca 902-440-6727