Guiding Your Student Toward a Fulfilling Career
- Thursday, October 05, 2000
We thought we would take time this week to share some resources that can help your child determine possible career directions. Adults who enjoy their work tend to be the most successful, and those who find work that fits their abilities, temperament, gifts, and calling will be sure to enjoy it. The more we are able to help our children understand what their natural abilities, gifts, and desires are, the more likely they will be to find career options that fit them. So, here are some of our favorites.
Life Pathways, a ministry of Christian Financial Concepts, provides the following tools that all have a Christian viewpoint:
The American College Testing service (www.act.org) provides the DISCOVER program (software) that creates a profile assessing personal interests, abilities, and job values. An online demo is available at the Web site, but the program is only available through schools and libraries, although it will be available online in the future. However, ACT also produces the Realizing the Dream program that offers parents and students the resources to work through the career-planning process together. "The new Realizing the Dream Family Edition gives you the components needed to effectively use this powerful tool in your own home. The parent and student guides are designed with coordinating activities that you each do separately and then discuss together. The Family Edition, which is $19, includes:
Another great resource that is often overlooked is the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) which is available through military recruiting offices. Taking these tests does not mean your child wants a military career they are simply a tool the military offers (and uses) to help determine potential career avenues. It is one of the most well known and used tests of vocational abilities. Simply contact a recruiting office and ask to have your student take the ASVAB.
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