Who Do You Think You Are?
Three Crucial Conversations for Coaching Teens to College and Career Success
1. Edition December 2017
208 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Give your kids their greatest chance at success
Who Do You Think You Are? helps parents, school counselors, and administrators get teens thinking about--and interested in--their future careers. Success in college and beyond relies on thorough prior preparation; by identifying interests and passions early on, young people are better able to plan for the career they want by mapping out the academic path to support it. This book shows you how to guide teens along on this journey, and how to stick with them until they reach the goals they've set. From helping them discover just what it is they're interested in, to finding the institution that will help them flourish and setting out a clear "plan of attack," this book provides invaluable insight from an expert in student success.
No one expects every student to have a definitive life plan by high school graduation, but having some idea of direction is critical. Nearly 3.3 million students will graduate high school this year, and most will head straight to college--but just 20 percent of those who pursue an associate's degree complete within four years, and only 60 percent of those who pursue a bachelor's degree complete within six years. Even those who earn a degree may struggle to move from school to work. Those who do succeed have done so because they've planned their work and worked their plans. This book shows you how to help your child to be one of the success stories.
* Map out an academic plan to support each kid's field of interest
* Identify the best-fit institution to get them where they want to be
* Balance support and independence throughout your teen's journey
* Help your child be prepared for college so they can succeed far beyond
Adults know that success in life comes from plenty of hard work and thorough preparation--but for kids in middle and high school, that lesson is just now beginning to hit home. Who Do You Think You Are? helps you guide them through the transition successfully, so they can come out the other side exactly where they want to be.
Part I - Who Are You?
CH. 1 - How do you get started? -- SMS
How do you have the crucial conversations? How do the choices of career and college fit together? How do the courses you take in high school affect the options you have in life?
Ch. 2 - What are your interests and strengths? -- SMS
Who are you? What do you like to do? What do you care about? What do you do well? How do others see your strengths?
Ch. 3 - What does work mean to you? -- SMS
How do you balance money and meaning? What kind of work would be fulfilling? What kind of life do you envision for yourself?
Part II - Where You Are Heading?
Ch. 4 - Are you ready for a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math? -- SF
Are you taking the right courses? Are you realistic about the requirements? Are you open to different career pathways (Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Business, IT)? Challenges and opportunities for females and minorities in STEM. Earnings outlook and keys to success.
Ch. 5 - Can you have a good career with a degree in the liberal arts? -- SMS
Liberal arts as a springboard to many critical career skills. The challenges and opportunities of finding a place to start your career from a liberal arts degree. Earnings outlook and keys to success.
Ch. 6 - Can you have a career helping others without sacrificing your own needs? -- SF
Rewards and realities of human services careers (medicine, social work, psychology, teaching). Earnings outlook and keys to success.
Ch. 7 - Do you want to work in business or be in business? -- SF
Business education vs. business in practice. Major business pathways (Management, Finance, IT, Hospitality) The realities of entrepreneurship. Do you need a college education to pursue a career in business? Earnings outlook and keys to success.
Ch. 8 - Can you make a living as an artist or musician? -- SF
The odds of success in art, music, and other creative pursuits. Reframing assumptions to build a practical approach. Earnings outlook and keys to success.
Ch. 9 - Should you consider a career in law or criminal justice?
What are the career options in law and criminal justice?
Part III - How will you get where you want to go?
Ch. 10 - How can you "try on" your career interests? -- SF
Do you know why it's good to "try before you buy" when it comes to careers? How can you conduct career "experiments"? Do you know how to find a mentor?
Ch. 11 - Is college right for you? -- SF
What are the types of colleges and where do you fit? How to overcome your fears. Do you want to go straight to work? How to hold on to your long-term goals if work needs to be your next move. Is vocational education worth it? What about military careers?
Ch. 12 - Can you afford college? - Kim Oppelt
Do you know the difference between the list price and the real price of college? How do you decide if it's worth the price? Will it pay off in the long run?
Ch. 13 - Does it matter where you go to college? - Kim Oppelt
How do you find the best fit for you? How do you build a smart list of colleges for your applications? How do you make the most of college no matter where you go?
Ch. 14 - Is community college a better place to start? -- SF
The advantages of 2 and 2. The upsides and downsides of starting in community college.