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Your Child Can Do It!
It is very important for you to understand that education
and training after high school are possible. The key to
continuing education and training is preparing academically
and financially in advance.
Starting today, you and your child should learn as much
as possible about what it takes to go to college, vocational/technical
schools or other training schools, or to join the military
after high school. Your child should begin thinking about
which career path he/she wants to pursue and start taking
classes as early as the eighth grade to prepare for his/her
Money alone no longer prevents anyone from pursuing and/or
obtaining a higher education. The major obstacle is lack
of knowledge--not knowing about academic and financial options.
Your Role is Important!
Every year in school is important. Each year, properly
achieved, lays a solid foundation for learning the next
year. Parents play an important role in the success of their
children from kindergarten through high school. This role
is enhanced when parents provide a good learning and study
environment in the home. Parents also assist by encouraging
children to do their best, promoting good study habits,
and beginning early to discover ways to finance the education
and training of their children after high school.
Choosing a career is a lengthy process, and we suggest
that you help your child conduct self-exploration and career-exploration
to understand himself or herself and any future career better.
- An evaluation of personal strengths and weaknesses
- An assessment of performance in academic subjects
The career-exploration method your child decides to use
depends on the information sources available and the jobs
he/she wants to explore. Here are some strategies you and
your child may consider:
- Ask in the library or counseling office about books
or pamphlets on careers.
- Talk with a counselor as you develop and explore options.
- Visit a place where people are doing the kind of work
your child is considering.
- Talk to someone working in a career which interests
your child. Most people welcome a chance to talk about
their work, and your school counselor can often give leads
on people to contact. To get the most out of talking with
someone, prepare some questions in advance.
- Encourage your child to try out a hobby, part-time job,
or volunteer work that will help him/her learn about a
- Encourage your child to take classes related to the
career he/she likes or that will help prepare your child
for that career.