As this goal will take full cooperation

As youths we have all been asked at some point what we want to be whenwe grow up. This simple yet life impacting questions has crossed all our minds atsome point growing up. We have been told that we can be anything we set ourminds to or that we can grow up to be anything you want to. But is this true,can we be anything we want to be, or should schools and parents encourage ouryouth to be realistic rather than idealistic about their career goals? Iwill also add the question that as mentors to our youth do teachers and parentshave a responsibility to identify a realistic career goal that they have apassion for? Can they both a realistic and an idealistic career goal be attend?I am of the firm opinion that as mentors to our youth that we have the responsiblyto provide our youth not only with a realistic career goal but also one thatthey have a passion for, and in doing so you can achieve both.

Achieving thisgoal will take full cooperation of all parties involved in guiding our youth asthey grow. Although the career goal is the youths’ choice to make and also the most important decisions in someone’s life, the adults in their life need to impart theirlife experiences, wisdoms, expertise and provide them the necessary tools inorder to ensure they choose an appropriate career path for them. Boththe youth and their mentors need to understand that not everyone has theability be a doctor, a professional athlete, or an astronaut.

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Some people aremore suited being HVAC specialists, construction works, agricultural specialistsand plumbers which our work force also needs.Although school have astrong presence in our youth’s life, the parents should have the most influencethe youth’s career choice and exploration. According to a study by Ferris StateUniversity, 78% of high schoolstudents say parents are their biggestcareer influence (White, 2017) so it is imperative that most of the responsibilityfall on them. Both parents and school staff need totake a constructive approach and not immediately say no to their career goal. Theyneed to point them in the right direction and insure they explore and knowexactly what it will take to successfully pursue their career of choice.

  The youth also need to take a career aptitudetest career which can help identify their strengths and weaknesses. Theseassessments are may not be 100% accurate but they are a great way to start andare a valuable tool to use in choosing a career. Once they have made several careergoals they should explore them in more detail which can be done in several ways.  Most organizations offer career internship thatwill afford them a firsthand view at their career of interest. They should alsobe encouraged to find people that work in the careers they are interested inand ask them questions about it.

  All ofthese tools and approaches will allow them to make an informed decision ontheir career goal.  I will cite my personal experiencein this matter as an example. As most adolescents growing up I was not certainof what career path I wanted to pursue while attending high school. Most of mypeers wanted to be engineers, business managers, teachers, or work in the techindustry. None of those career fields really appealed to me. The one careerpath I wanted to pursue since I was a child was service in the military but thatwas idea was highly discouraged by my mother since she did not believe it was anappropriate career goal for me. I remember my high school guidance counselortold me that since I had a passion for helping others and I liked physicalactives, I should pursue a career in the public service sector or as a guidancecounselor.  Ultimately, I ended up attendcollege with a goal to obtain a degree in computer science because a career inthat field paid well, it was the top career field at the time and I thought it wouldbe something I could do even though I didn’t really feel a passion for.

Also,my older brother had a career in the tech industry, so if he liked it I shouldtoo. Well I was wrong. After two miserable years in college I ended up changingmy field of study to pursuit an associate in emergency medical services becausenot only was it a realistic career path for me, but I also felt a passion forbeing an EMT and helping others.     In closing I will sayreach for the stars but also know your limitations. The should be to have themchose a career that is realistic for them to obtain as well as also have apassion for and in doing so they will have both a realistic and idealisticcareer goal.

We need to provide our youth the tools they will need to conductan internal assessment and external assessment of their capacities, strengthsand weaknesses all while providing the ability to choose a realistic careergoal that they also have a passion for. That way they can pursue a career thatis not only as fulfilling as possible, but also provides financially stability andcontributes to society.


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