I have been waiting for months for this week to come. The launch of Disney+! Opening the app on my TV felt like I was opening a present on Christmas morning. All the movies that have been in the Disney “vault” were finally at my disposal – Mary Poppins, Dumbo, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast. OH MY! I was so excited that I posted about it on Facebook.

Then guess what happened….

I froze. I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t decide. I spent a good 30 minutes just delving into the app to see what was there. I would start a movie but then decided I wanted to watch something else and then I would switch again.

There were too many options. I had so many interests that it was hard for me to decide which movie or show to watch.

Does your teen feel this way about their future? They know at some point, they need to make a decision about what to do after high school.  But they have so many interests, and there are too many options for careers (some they may not even be aware of). It’s all just so overwhelming.

Some teens have their career and life plan figured out, but they are in the minority. Research shows that one out every ten students will change their major at least three times. I hear the sounds of money being flushed down the drain when this happens.

So how can you help your teen feel not so overwhelmed and keep your money from going down the toilet?

Ask your teen these questions:

  • What are your favorite subjects, and why?
  • What classes do you wish were offered, and why?
  • Do you find joy working outside or in an office?

By answering these three questions, your child can start googling jobs that incorporate their interests. For example, they could search jobs that include math and working outdoors. It gives them a starting point to find out if it’s something they want to pursue.

We’re here to help you and your child choose the right career path and major the first time around and avoid flushing money down the drain.  Contact us at 678-761-3550 or support@myidealcollege.org.