I’ve always been mystified by the amount of time, money, and effort parents spend between K-12th grade on sports, fine art lessons, tutoring, camps, travel and education with a clear goal in mind. These experiences will ultimately get my child in the “best” college. Once on campus, little to no money is spent helping this same emerging adult acquire unique skills and experiences to acquire their “best” job upon college graduation. To be clear, my definition of “best” is best fit for each individual.
To be clear, these childhood activities provided a sense of belonging, learning, achievement and joy – all things we should want for our children in a work environment. The process used to select these activities and our child’s engagement with them, as it relates to exploration, research, experimentation, learning and refinement can be successfully applied to career planning.
There are many career assessments that can be used to gain insights and are valuable, yet in the end, every individual is motivated and fulfilled by a unique set of personal preferences that vary in importance. Discussing and prioritizing these preferences and then applying them to the career planning process is a proven method for students to not only determine what they want, but get the job they want!
Let’s make the time and investment in career planning with our college kids, as everyone deserves to work for a company they can identify with and respect and spend time on activities they enjoy.