Information for Parents

Green CareersIt seems like just yesterday that your student was playing in the sandbox and eating dirt, without a care in the world. Now, your student is facing big decisions – choosing a college or university to attend, or choosing a career path to study. Here are some tips for you to use to help guide your student in making a decision:

  1. Identify interests.  Research shows that people are more satisfied with their career choice if it is based on their interests rather than salary.
  2. Consider their educational budget and potential outcome, as well as their interests so that they will be better prepared for success after high school.
  3. Be non-judgmental.  Make suggestions about jobs, skills, trades or careers – but let your student be the ultimate judge of what’s best.
  4. Help your student write a resume and cover letter.  If you’re not a “resume pro” yourself, help them find samples online or from your local library.
  5. Find an internship, job shadow or apprenticeship opportunity.  It’s very beneficial for them to get in the trenches and see what a career in the landscape industry is all about. There’s no better way to discover if a career is for you than to try it on for size!