The most successful students - and career people - are the ones who were read to at home, encouraged to study, and shown by their parents that education is a life-long commitment. Parental involvement is a crucial element to the Career Development program. Parents can promote the career development process by talking with their children about what they want to do when they grow up, encouraging them to take trips to relevant places, supporting library research on the topic(s), and just listening to their children's dreams.
Studies show that students who see the connection between learning and earning attain higher levels of achievement in school subjects.
What can parents do to ensure a successful career-related experiences for their children?
- Learn about your school's Career Development program and the opportunities available to your child. Work with school counselors and teachers to find out what resources are available for your child's career exploration and planning.
- Help your child understand the value and importance of his or her academic courses for success in a future career of his or her choice.
- Help your child create and maintain a Career Portfolio, which includes information on all awards, accomplishments and other items that demonstrate your child's interests, abilities and achievements.
- Discuss career opportunities when reading books, newspapers, watching television and observing worksites.
- Support your child's efforts to assess his or her own interests, aptitudes, values and work styles.
- Help your child identify career interests and courses of study that can lead to a successful career.