Who Do You Think You Are?Three Crucial Conversations for Coaching Teens to College and Career Success
Give your kids their greatest chance at success Who Do You Think You Are? helps parents, school counselors, and administrators get teens thinking about—and interested in—their future careers. Success in college and beyond relies on thorough prior preparation; by identifying interests and passions early on, young people are better able to plan for the career they want by mapping out the academic path to support it. This book shows you how to guide teens along on this journey, and how to stick with them until they reach the goals they've set. From helping them discover just what it is they're interested in, to finding the institution that will help them flourish and setting out a clear "plan of attack," this book provides invaluable insight from an expert in student success. No one expects every student to have a definitive life plan by high school graduation, but having some idea of direction is critical. Nearly 3.3 million students will graduate high school this year, and most will head straight to college—but just 20 percent of those who pursue an associate’s degree complete within four years, and only 60 percent of those who pursue a bachelor's degree complete within six years. Even those who earn a degree may struggle to move from school to work. Those who do succeed have done so because they've planned their work and worked their plans. This book shows you how to help your child to be one of the success stories. Map out an academic plan to support each kid’s field of interest Identify the best-fit institution to get them where they want to be Balance support and independence throughout your teen’s journey Help your child be prepared for college so they can succeed far beyond Adults know that success in life comes from plenty of hard work and thorough preparation—but for kids in middle and high school, that lesson is just now beginning to hit home. Who Do You Think You Are? helps you guide them through the transition successfully, so they can come out the other side exactly where they want to be.
Acknowledgements Part I - Who Are You? CH. 1 – How do you get started? -- SMS How do you have the crucial conversations? How do the choices of career and college fit together? How do the courses you take in high school affect the options you have in life? Ch. 2 – What are your interests and strengths? -- SMS Who are you? What do you like to do? What do you care about? What do you do well? How do others see your strengths? Ch. 3 – What does work mean to you? -- SMS How do you balance money and meaning? What kind of work would be fulfilling? What kind of life do you envision for yourself? Part II - Where You Are Heading? Ch. 4 – Are you ready for a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math? -- SF Are you taking the right courses? Are you realistic about the requirements? Are you open to different career pathways (Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Business, IT)? Challenges and opportunities for females and minorities in STEM. Earnings outlook and keys to success. Ch. 5 – Can you have a good career with a degree in the liberal arts? -- SMS Liberal arts as a springboard to many critical career skills. The challenges and opportunities of finding a place to start your career from a liberal arts degree. Earnings outlook and keys to success. Ch. 6 – Can you have a career helping others without sacrificing your own needs? -- SF Rewards and realities of human services careers (medicine, social work, psychology, teaching). Earnings outlook and keys to success. Ch. 7 – Do you want to work in business or be in business? -- SF Business education vs. business in practice. Major business pathways (Management, Finance, IT, Hospitality) The realities of entrepreneurship. Do you need a college education to pursue a career in business? Earnings outlook and keys to success. Ch. 8 – Can you make a living as an artist or musician? -- SF The odds of success in art, music, and other creative pursuits. Reframing assumptions to build a practical approach. Earnings outlook and keys to success. Ch. 9 – Should you consider a career in law or criminal justice? What are the career options in law and criminal justice? Part III – How will you get where you want to go? Ch. 10 – How can you “try on” your career interests? -- SF Do you know why it’s good to “try before you buy” when it comes to careers? How can you conduct career “experiments”? Do you know how to find a mentor? Ch. 11 – Is college right for you? -- SF What are the types of colleges and where do you fit? How to overcome your fears. Do you want to go straight to work? How to hold on to your long-term goals if work needs to be your next move. Is vocational education worth it? What about military careers? Ch. 12 – Can you afford college? – Kim Oppelt Do you know the difference between the list price and the real price of college? How do you decide if it’s worth the price? Will it pay off in the long run? Ch. 13 – Does it matter where you go to college? – Kim Oppelt How do you find the best fit for you? How do you build a smart list of colleges for your applications? How do you make the most of college no matter where you go? Ch. 14 – Is community college a better place to start? -- SF The advantages of 2 and 2. The upsides and downsides of starting in community college.
STEPHEN M. SMITH is CEO of Intellispark, an education technology company. He is vice chair of the board of College Possible, a member of the board of the National College Access Network, and a cofounder of Naviance. He previously served as president and chief product officer at Hobsons, where he focused on helping students achieve college and career readiness and success. SHAUN FANNING is chief product officer at Intellispark and a cofounder of Naviance. He previously served as vice president of research and development at Hobsons, where he led new product initiatives focused on improving student success. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of roles in business analysis, finance, technology, marketing, and product management at AT&T and The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters).
It's not easy to get teenagers thinking about a career, especially when our schools are primarily focused on getting to the next rung in the education system. This book details an easy-to-follow road map for the conversations families, school counselors, and mentors need to have to help young people to make informed choices about careers that will allow them to excel. This versatile guidebook takes you where you need to go with intuitive tools for orchestrating discussions and unearthing the right options for each child. Keep this resource at your fingertips to help the teenagers you care about to: Make the best education choices to achieve their career goals, including on-the-job training, certification, an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, and beyond Design a concrete action plan to find a rewarding career based on three introspective questions "Connect learning to life" in order to see how school empowers them to earn a living working in a chosen career Help the teenagers in your life find success in theirs with Who Do You Think You Are?
HELP YOUR TEEN FIND THE CAREER THAT FITS HIS OR HER STRENGTHS Who Do You Think You Are? is the guide for families, school counselors, and mentors who want to give young people a better way to discover who they are and to apply their individual strengths, through education, to achieve success in a suitable career. This authoritative guide begins with three guided, personal discussions to help reveal the types of work that are likely to lead your teen to success and satisfaction. This book will help you be the facilitator a young person needs to explore his or her interests, identify a career and, most important, develop a plan to succeed. Just sixty percent of college students earn a four-year degree in six years, and many who do graduate are unprepared to succeed in the workplace. Despite intelligence and hard work, many of these young people fail to achieve academic and career success because they haven't been shown how to approach education with an end in mind. With this first-of-its-kind guidebook, you can be the positive influence that helps your kids or students to: Identify a compelling career field with high potential Map out an academic plan to achieve their career goals Take a long-term perspective on education and how school can prepare them to lead satisfying, successful lives Help your teenager discover his or her unique path to a fulfilling career and life with Who Do You Think You Are?
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