Fun ways to get your teen (and you) thinking about different jobs and a career goal
1. Personality Testing: Take a 16personalities test with them, then read about career that are well suited for their personality.
2. Job versus Career: Explain the difference between a job versus a career.
You will have multiple jobs, but only 1 OR a few careers during your lifetime.Jobs help you discover your likes and gain skills toward a career. That’s why it’s smart to find jobs that teach skills or knowledge required for your career choice. Example: Your goal is own a restaurant. 1st job = host/hostess; 2nd job = waiting tables; 3rd job = managing a restaurant. During your jobs, you take education courses in business management to help you run your restaurant successfully.
3. Interest Profiler: Complete the MyNextMove Interest profiler and/or the MyFreeCareerTest to discover additional jobs and careers based on their interest. Combing the personality test and interest profiler will help secure a few career interests.
MyNextMove.org is a government run site that offers three useful tools:
1. Interest Profiler: A customized career list that combines 60 short Interest answers with a job zone. 5 Job zones are based on your desired education and/or training level.
2. Career search
3. Browse careers by industry such as: medical, construction, etc.
4. Career Search: Use MyPlan and/or the US Bureau of Labor to search careers and salaries. The cost of schooling and how much will be made should play a major role in career choice. Here are a few questions to ask while doing a thorough search.
- What type of lifestyle do you want to have as an adult? Do you want to live in a city or suburb? List three possible locations.
- Search the cost of living and salaries in those areas. Explain how taxes work and what amount they will actually take home. Once they write down a possible take home salary and housing costs, they can use that amount as a starting point to for the following questions..
- What is more important to them? Owning a home, starting a family, traveling, eating out, entertainment, etc?
- Will they need a car where they live? Explain insurance, gas, and maintenance costs versus using public transit or living close to work so they can walk or bike.
- How much do they eat each week? What will their food cost be?
- Explain utilities and basic needs such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, medical co-pays, etc.
- What will they spend each month on clothes and personal wants like getting their nails done?
- Will they have school loans, a car loan, credit card fees, or other monthly costs to pay off?
- What will they do for savings? How much do they need in their savings account in case of an emergency?
- Create a monthly and yearly spreadsheet of costs and compare salaries for each job and possible living options. If you don’t do this, you risk having children who never learn how to live without debt on their own. Unless you want your kids calling you for money and/or moving back in with you.