Week 26 -- "Choosing future employment options" -- Grade 11

Week 26 -- "Choosing future employment options" -- Grade 11

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Choosing future employment options.

Brief Summary: When your child joins the work world, it can be a very exciting time for them. They are developing independence, and beginning their lifelong relationship with money management. There is an enormous swing in terms of financial literacy - and it is important as parents to help your teen learn how to manage their money and live within their means. This includes choosing an industry that will fit their lifestyle and passion.

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • There are going to be many ideas running through your child’s head about what they want to do in the future. Some of their ideas may require a lot of work, so offering to help them devise a plan to make their dreams come true is helpful. 
  • For many young men and women, a professional career in sports can be an aspirational goal, but there are several steps involved in getting to that point, showing them that progression will help them develop a vision for getting into the leagues. It will be important to have them look at the percentages of athletes making it to the professional level.  So having a backup plan in a related field, like sports medicine or broadcasting, will keep them connected to their passions.
  • Once they have their ideas narrowed down, help them set goals and figure out how long it will take to reach it.
    • It is important to set up checkpoints (in weekly or monthly increments) to monitor the progress. 
    • Troubleshoot any issues that come up - if they didn’t meet a checkpoint, what was in the way and how can they make it up? 
  • Understand that this is a process and they might change their minds as they proceed through this process.  This is ok.  Going through the steps to figuring out what they want to do is something that can be adjusted as they change their career goals.
  • Celebrate when they succeed - if they are in a program that is going to help them get what they want out of their passions, they will lead a very happy adult working life.

Continue the Conversation:

  • What do you have a passion for?  How does this translate into a career path?
  • Is not uncommon to change what you want to do, is this path something that can lead you into an alternative field that still allows you to pursue your passion?
  • What will you do if things don’t work out the way you intend?  What will be the steps you take to alter your path to where you want to land?

Additional resources/suggested reading: 

The following website for Minnesota but has valuable information that can translate regardless of where you live.