How to Learn About Your Career Path
Imagine your typical high school graduation ritual, and visualize the absence of your school’s only science teacher, your English teacher and your gym teacher. Sound familiar? Does that cast a shadow over your excitement to get into the college of your dreams? We know you would feel like your education has got to get in line to meet the demands of a larger workload and less time.
The more specific the job you are looking at, the more time it takes to get involved with the tasks at hand. You probably made friends with your science teacher because, with no time to spare, you were presented with the same task. The math tutor had a waiting list of kids wanting his help, and the teacher that teaches English to English language learners is probably on call for a ton of learning needs, like taking an oral exam every three weeks. You get your kids to take the SAT at the same time and they are paired off by age, so there’s never a time to waste when it comes to analyzing trends in their study habits.
The best education you ever had was handed to you by others and you had to pass it. How many times have you discussed your favorite subject with your friends, they looked at you with incredulity, perplexed why you wanted to study about social issues, but not for your spelling, grammar or math?
Many students follow a different pathway in their career paths. They don’t care what career they choose as long as they study certain subjects at a certain time. This leaves them to make it up on their own terms, through the exact curriculum they’re interested in. Though it’s imperative to study for certain aspects of a particular course, they actually want to do it for a certain length of time, then move on to a new subject they’re more interested in.
Can this be helped? We can! Instead of being on the lookout for a new career because of course they need to do something different, rather, these teens can be encouraged to explore their interests and their passions.
It seems a bit contrary, but providing a suitable environment for the students and giving them the opportunity to see what they are interested in would go a long way in changing the outcome of their individual interest in the subject matter they are working on.
It’s not that the time isn’t important, it’s just that they would rather spend more time finding out exactly what it is they are interested in before deciding whether they want to pursue it or not.