Why Go to College?

Here's What Supportive Adults Can Do

Exploring Careers with your Student

Opening a conversation about careers with your student may be difficult, but it may help to chat about your own job and how your choices affected your own path. Choose a time when you are both relaxed, like riding in the car, on the bus or subway together; over a meal; playing a game; watching television or some other casual time.

Ice breaker questions:

  • If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
  • I heard the kid next door is starting an apprenticeship as an electrician. Do you think you'd be interested in something like that?
  • It's a beautiful day. Wouldn't it be great to work outdoors?
  • Wouldn't it be interesting to be an investigator like those on CSI: NY?

Remember to:

  • Question: ask open-ended questions to help your student clarify their interests, sports, hobbies and academic interests.
  • Use lateral thinking: help your student see links between skills, interests and careers.
  • Listen: avoid correcting your student or rushing into solutions.
  • Guide: offer suggestions and advice. If you can, connect them with community members who may have a job similar to those your student has talked about.
  • Encourage: help find internships or volunteer positions in jobs that interest them to help your student get a feel for a wide range of career opportunities.
  • Support: let your student know that you are there to support and help them in any way you are able.

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