Your EAP and Your Kid's Career Choicesby Barry Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
When I grow up, I want to be a .... (fill in the blank).
With all of the changes taking place in the workforce and global economy, a rising unemployment rate, the escalating cost of education and proliferation of new occupations (like SEO Consultant, you can look it up!), the decisions our children will make regarding their careers become more and more critical.
A few relevant questions come to mind:
Those are all great questions with no easy answers. However, your EAP can help. Dependent children can use your company's EAP to help in their self-discovery of key interests, values and skills, while providing them with resources and information to investigate how their passions can relate to the ever-changing world of work we all inhabit.
Affordable assessment instruments can be use along with EAP sessions to point out what I like to call your child's "Best Stuff" - the areas that naturally draw their innate interests, the activities that are most satisfying and significant to them and the skills that bring them energy and enthusiasm.
Can we answer the "When I grow up..." question for them? No, nor should we. But we can provide insights, information and support to assist them in avoiding the trap that the highest percentage of the working world visits every day.
According to www.collegeboard.com, the estimated cost of a 4-year college degree can total anywhere from $95,000-$153,000 - and up. Do you really want to give them the bumper sticker "I owe, I owe, so off to work I go" for a graduation present?
Making career decisions
Developing and taking specific action steps helps students make solid decisions to move ahead in their lives and careers. We help them:
Your EAP can help your children in making career decisions and ensuring that work is a satisfying and significant part of life, rather than a drudgery and unpleasant chore that is an inevitable part of growing up.
Barry L. Davis, MS, CTC, MCDP, is the Director of Career Services at LMA. For over 20 years, he has assisted people who are changing vocations or exploring new career directions.
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