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 struggle knew their major when they applied.
Here are 4 great questions to help your teen start thinking about their future:
- What are they interested in? What they are interested in is important in this question. Your teen shouldn’t rely on what others are interested in for them. Right now, they need to focus on truly interests them – in school, life, your extra-curricular activities.
- What talent, skill, or knowledge makes them stand out from others? Do they tutor their friends in math because it comes naturally to them? Have they won awards in high school that could point them toward a possible career?
- What are their dreams and aspirations? What is their dream job? What aspirations do they have? What kind of life do they want to be living? When do they want to own a house? Where do they want to live? Do they want to travel?
- Where do they see themselves in ten years? Yeah, it’s a common question in an interview for a job but, it should really get them thinking. Owning their own business, running for political office, working in a laboratory helping to develop a cure for cancer?
I wouldn’t advise sitting your teen down and sound like a detective interrogating a suspect with these questions. This will just lead to anxiety, arguing, and pressure for you and your teen.
Here are some options:
- Have your teen put these questions in a journal. They can look at the questions daily or weekly and add their answers as ideas come to mind.
- Put the questions on blank pieces of paper and post in their room. They can draw or write words and phrases to answer the questions.
- Set aside a weekly or monthly lunch or coffee time with your teen to talk about these questions. Take them to their favorite place, where they will feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Sometimes our teens feel more comfortable talking about their future with other people besides their parents. Many times, our teens will try to say what they think we want them to hear. You might want to find a relative or family friend to have these conversations to help guide your teen.
If you do not have people you can reach out to, schedule a call with me. I would be happy to talk to your teen. Click here to send me an email and I will reach out to you. You can also get additional ideas by checking out my free resource, How Your Child’s Interests Can Lead To Their Ideal College. You can click here to access it.