How the Fortune Cookie Business is Solving Student Debt

How the Fortune Cookie Business is Solving Student Debt

I love fortune cookies and the surprise and anticipation of what it's going to tell me. If you are like me, you may try to make it seem true. This week, I had a fortune cookie that read, "You could prosper in the field of engineering." Wow! That's pretty direct, I thought. I wonder if the fortune cookie business realizes how many teens and college students end up on the wrong path and in huge debt that they decided to help out. Maybe other fortunes say, "You could prosper in Human Resources"...

Helping Your Teen Set Achievable Goals

Helping Your Teen Set Achievable Goals

Most teens have a vague idea of what they would like to accomplish, but few have true, concrete goals. A goal is equivalent to a target. Without a goal, you’re just drifting along, hoping things will improve. With a goal, you have a definite direction and purpose. Although we’ve all been told how important targets are, few teens have ever been given specific directions on how to formulate an effective goal. Goals should have these characteristics to help your teen reach success:...

The Future is Figureoutable

The Future is Figureoutable

My friend Amy recently shared with me that she tells her kids, “Everything is figureoutable.” With most things in life, you can figure out a solution. While I knew this on a subconscious level, Amy’s words struck a chord with me. Maybe more so now when we as parents are consistently hit with decisions we have to make. Do we let our kids hang out with friends during the pandemic?Should I let them go to the pool?How are we going to navigate this upcoming school year when there are still...

Are you guiding your teen in the right direction?

Are you guiding your teen in the right direction?

A worried mom, Ruth, recently reached out to me. She said, “Our daughter, Hasana is a junior at the University of Georgia. She hates her classes and wants to drop out. We want her to get a degree, but we are at a loss on how to help her. We have already invested thousands of dollars into her college education.” As a parent, I felt my stomach turn. No parent wants to hear this from their kid. All the hours and money spent finding and applying to colleges, thinking you had set up your teen for...

A Simple Way to Help Your Teen’s Future

A Simple Way to Help Your Teen’s Future

I was chatting with a mom whose teen attended my College and Career Action Planning workshop. We were discussing the careers her teen chose, which were Architect and Graphic Designer. Both of these careers matched her interests. Plus, the job outlook and salaries were in line with what she wanted. The mom wanted to know how she can help guide her daughter in pursuing each of these careers. I shared how I encourage teens to talk to professionals in those job fields. But there is one BIG...

Why Teens Must Determine Their Future

Why Teens Must Determine Their Future

In a social media post, I shared how we help teens identify careers that they will love. This will help them find the right college or other post-secondary education. Someone commented, "I think we need to stop pressuring kids to pick a path at 18. Take general courses, then find your passion. I was 40 before I finished my degree and determined what I wanted to do.” I agree, we don't need to pressure our teens. However, the reality is times are very different than when we went to school.   A...

Four Questions to Ask Your Teen About Their Future

Four Questions to Ask Your Teen About Their Future

Your teen’s high school days seem to be flying by. And like me, you're probably wondering, when will they decide what to do after high school? What will they major in? It can be hard to choose a college major if your teen has no idea what career they want. Yet to pick the right college, choosing a career path is an important step. A recent study found that two-thirds of college students struggle to launch their careers after graduation. The third that were successful knew their major when they...

How to Get Your Child To The Next Step

How to Get Your Child To The Next Step

Kyle, like many students, changed majors in college. He started off in Political Science but realized there wasn’t much of a career path for him. He changed his major to Education, but this was more time consuming than he preferred. He then landed in Public Relations, which he still does and enjoys. However, Kyle wanted to be doing more. One thing Kyle realized in each of his jobs was how very unhappy people are in who they become. Why is this?  We all know we are going to work full time...

Tips for Your Teenager’s Job Hunt

Tips for Your Teenager’s Job Hunt

Do you remember your first job? Mine was working in the cafeteria at an assisted living community. I can’t even remember how I heard about that job. My biggest memories are wearing the hairnet and how cold it was in the freezer. For many parents, their teenagers may be getting ready to search for their first job. Applying for a job is a skill that all teenagers need but may not get the necessary guidance in high school. A few years ago during Spring Break, my older son attended free courses...

My Child’s Journey – The How and Why of His Career Results

My Child’s Journey – The How and Why of His Career Results

The past few weeks, I have been sharing my child’s journey to find his ideal college. I started with what his dad and I thought would be jobs he might find enjoyable and fulfilling. I also listened carefully to his ideas. Next, I had him take the Harrison Assessment. He is 16 and this is his first time taking an assessment like this.  Certainly, he is still growing and changing, but the results were consistent enough to process and produce a valid report.   The image here shows what...