Schools are directing teens into high tech jobs because that's where the demand is, but not necessarily where their hearts are--and mothers are getting worried.
Online PR News – 27-January-2010 – – New Ebook To Calm Down Moms Who May Not Have Hi-Tech Teens
Schools are directing teens into high tech jobs because that's where the demand is, but not necessarily where their hearts are--and mothers are getting worried. So worried that Ottawa career consultant George Dutch has had to create a new way of working with young workers.
His approach has been outlined in his e-Book JobJoy: Discovering the Power of Your Personal Story, aimed at parents of young adults (ages 17-23). You can download a free sample or order the book at:
The purpose of the e-Books is to help parents as career coaches of their young adults. Dutch, a certified career professional for almost 20 years, has become a local celebrity by helping people identify what they love to do and then helps them figure out to make a living doing it. But he's primarily been doing it with adults because they have enough work experience to identify likes and dislikes. His techniques had to be modified for young people with less experience to draw from.
"In a simple one hour session, they talk about themselves," said Dutch. "About times in their lives when they were doing what they enjoy most and do best; what they enjoy and have fun doing; simple thing--what excites them or turns them on at school and outside of school.
"I then analyze that material and give them a written report and an oral presentation to the mother and child, so they can clearly understand the definitions of what their son or daughter does naturally and effortlessly--and how those key elements of their right work connect to specific jobs in specific organizations."
This is the time of year when many 17, 18, and 19 yr. olds are considering their school and career options for next fall. There are significant obstacles within the school system today that handicap students and their parents from making good career choices. Dutch's 'Job Joy for Young Adults' program is designed to help parents overcome those obstacles.
Obstacle # 1: Guidance counselors are overwhelmed by sheer numbers these days.
Obstacle # 2: Teens have little understanding of how their unique combination of innate talents, learned skills, and limited job experience correlate with specific jobs in specific organizations. In short, they can’t answer two simple questions: Where and What?
Obstacle # 3: The main assessment tool of counselors is an interest inventory. Identify the interests a student has at 17 or 18 and put them on a career path for life. But our interests at 18 can be very different than our interests at 28, 38, or 48.
Obstacle # 4: Traditionally, guidance counselors will rely on tests. Tests are just technology. "Career choice is not just a science; it's an art," says George. Counselors assume that test scores reflect the motivational dynamics of the individual tested. This assumption is false.