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?

I recently had a worried mom, Ruth, reach out to me. She said “Our daughter Hasana is a junior at UGA. She says she hates her classes and wants to drop out. We want her to get her 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. You...

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 one of my recent posts, I shared how we help teens identify careers that they will love. This will help them find the right college for them. 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 friend of mine has 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 are wondering when they will decide their plans after high school. What will they major in? It can be hard to choose a major if your teen has no idea what career they seem themselves in down the road. Yet, to make a smart choice for the college they need to attend choosing a career path is an important step. A recent study found that 2/3 of college grads struggle to launch their career once they graduate. The third that didn’t...

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 Teenagers Job Hunt

Tips for Your Teenagers Job Hunt

Do you remember your first job? Mine what working in the cafeteria at a retirement/assisted living community. I can’t even remember how I heard about that job. My biggest memories from it are wearing the hairnet and how cold it was in the freezer. For many parents, their teenager 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. We are lucky where we live. Our local Goodwill Career...

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...

A Career Decision That Turned into $80,000 in Debt

A Career Decision That Turned into $80,000 in Debt

A parent shared with me that her first child, John, always wanted to be an anesthesiologist. Ever since he was in middle school, John was sure that was the career he wanted. The parents felt confident about his choice because that was what he wanted to do for so many years. So, their son went to college to be an anesthesiologist. But, a couple years into college, he realized he didn’t like anesthesiology. There were parts of the studies and the career John didn't love. He just wasn’t...

Are the Highest Paying Jobs The Best Path to Success?

Are the Highest Paying Jobs The Best Path to Success?

Our kids are in high school and we know we need to have them get serious and answer this question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As parents, it’s our responsibility to guide our kids in thinking about what they like to do. We may start searching the internet and read articles with titles like “The Best High Paying Jobs for the Future” or “High Paying Jobs Without a College Degree.” The lure of a high salary can be a driving factor but, like any job, there are pros and cons. It...