Your adult child’s summer job should be career exploration

I have been on the Chaz & AJ morning show the last few days for career counseling segments. Incredibly nice group of people so I was very happy to learn that they are the number 1 morning show in Connecticut. I really enjoyed the experience.  The exposure has also led to fury of calls from parents who heard the show and understood how valuable effective career advice could be for their 17 year old applying to college and for their college age students to either figure out a major or a chart a course for post-college employment.

Here’s the issue for young people: even though Connecticut has some of the best high schools in the nation and Connecticut parents tend to be among the most educated, most students head to college with limited understanding about correct which career paths might suit them.  Once in college, students make a few decision – “I’ll major in business” or “I’ll become a nurse” that are often based on what other people suggested and only barely connected to real objective evidence of what would fit them.

Once in college, students make a few decision – “I’ll major in business” or “I’ll become a nurse” that are often based on what other people suggested and only barely connected to real objective evidence of what would fit them.

On the show, I administered career tests to Chaz, AJ, and their wonderful traffic reporter Pam.  They each were astonished as to how well my interpretation of their tests revealed their inner selves. Thereafter, I suggested alternative career paths. The three segments were all short and fun.  But many listeners understood how valuable such work could be for their children.

Now that summer is around the corner, consider career exploration to be job 1 for your 17-22 year children.