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 3429 Explore and investigate various careers It’s important to realize that career development is a lifelong process and that your child’s career plans will change many times over the next several years. Starting the exploration process now will enable your child to make better career choices in the future. Making good career decisions begins with exploration and investi- gation. Through career exploration activities, children become aware of the many career opportunities that are available to them. By investi- gating specific careers, children find out what they need to do to reach their career goals. There are a number of things you can do to help your child learn about careers. A good way to start is to read about various careers on- line at This website provides up-to-date information on hundreds of careers. Also, try to arrange for your child to talk to someone who works in a career field your child might find interesting. Of course, the best way for students to learn about a career is to get some related firsthand experience. Try to find some after-school activities to support and expand your child’s interests. Discuss educational options Most careers today require education or training beyond a general high school education. Some careers require four years of college. Others require just one year at a community college or career school. Look for opportunities to talk about how different careers require different levels of education or training. Encourage your child to think about continuing his/her education after high school, and begin discuss- ing your child’s educational options: 1) high school career and technol- ogy program; 2) four-year college; 3) two-year college; 4) career/trade school; 5) the military; 6) apprenticeship. Many factors determine the kinds of opportunities a student will have in life, but the most significant determining factor is education. Make sure that your child understands the importance of getting a good education.