Did you know?
February is College Exploration Month! Career Exploration Month is a citywide effort to raise awareness about the importance of supporting students to identify career interests and explore paths needed to pursue those careers.
Having conversations with your child about their career interests can help your child begin planning for their future. The workforce is ever changing. In the 1960s, some high school graduates could find jobs without additional education. This is not the case for today’s workforce or when your child graduates. By 2020, 65% of all jobs will require additional education or training. Higher paying positions often require additional training or education, and we want your child to have the most options available. Even though there is a large amount of information to read through, there are ways to help your child get on the right career path as early as possible.
Don’t know where to start?
- Use the frequently asked questions below and websites mentioned to start conversations with your child.
- Talk to your child’s school counselor about career awareness, exploration activities, and resources at your school.
5 Ways Parents Can Help their Child Prepare for Careers
- Use career inventories to help your child learn about career interests.
- Encourage your child to talk to family, teachers, counselors, college students about their career aspirations.
- Help your child with researching careers and make a plan. Visit CUNY Career Map to learn about common career paths in NYC and their starting salaries.
- Support your child to get involved in leadership activities, internships and other enrichment activities. A developed portfolio of accomplishments will help them with college applications, resumes, and jobs.
- Stay informed about career trends and pathways. Read the New York News and World report article to learn job rankings and high-demand careers and talk to adults in those industries to find out more.
Frequently Asked Questions When is a good time to start talking to my child about careers?
Start talking to your children in middle school about their strengths and talents, as a way to talk about career interests. They may change their minds but this will help everyone determine the right experiences they’ll need to think about the future.
Will talking to my child about specific careers narrow his or her options?
The goal of researching careers is for your child to learn about his or her interests and to help them prepare for future options. Assisting your child identify their strengths, abilities, skills and career interests will help your child think about how these qualities can translate into work.
Does my child have to go to college to have a good career?
No, but they will have more limited career options if high school is their final destination. By 2020, about two-thirds of jobs will require more than a high school diploma. Depending on the job, the employer may require a certificate from a training program, an associate’s degree from a two-year college, a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college, and in some cases a master’s degree.
If my child is planning to go to college, do they have to select a major related to their career interests?
Identifying career interests can be a helpful starting point when choosing a major. However, many students declare their majors during their sophomore year of college. Deciding on a major
sophomore year, allows students to take different classes, explore majors and make an informed decision before selecting an area of focus.
For College Counselor and School Staff
School staff will be working with students to identify career interests and develop plans to help students pursue their goals. School staff can review career exploration resources on WeTeach