Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3428 It’s not too early for students to start thinking about which careers they might want to consider for the future. Take time to help your child explore his/her career and educational options. Talk about careers Many children like to imagine what life will be like as adults. They enjoy envisioning themselves in glamorous or otherwise exciting careers, such as rock star, professional athlete, or movie star. It’s important for parents to help their children understand that other careers can be just as rewarding and satisfying. Talk to your child about different careers, and help your child con- nect school subjects to the world of work. You might, for example, dis- cuss how a reporter uses writing skills to compose newspaper articles, or how a doctor uses math skills to calculate the amount of medicine a patient will need. You can also relate your child’s interests or talents to various careers. If your child is artistic, talk about taking photos for magazines, designing toys, or drawing characters for video games. For the very social child, discuss how someone who likes to talk and interact with other people might enjoy working as a lawyer or teacher. Talking about career possibilities during the upper elementary grades can help give your child direction and focus. Identify abilities and interests You know your child better than anyone. You can, therefore, be an invaluable resource in helping your child identify his/her interests, talents, strengths, and values. Take the time to help your child see how a particular talent or personality trait might be a valuable asset in the right career. Career Exploration