It 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 go down. Here are some tips for you to use to help guide your student in making a decision:
- Identify interests. Research shows that people are more satisfied with their career choice if it is based on their interests rather than salary.
- Consider their educational budget and potential outcome, as well as their interests so that they will be better prepared for success after high school.
- Be non-judgmental. Make suggestions about jobs, skills, trades or careers – but let your student be the ultimate judge of what’s best.
- 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.
- 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!