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As youths we have all been asked at some point what we want to be when
we grow up. This simple yet life impacting questions has crossed all our minds at
some point growing up. We have been told that we can be anything we set our
minds to or that we can grow up to be anything you want to. But is this true,
can we be anything we want to be, or should schools and parents encourage our
youth to be realistic rather than idealistic about their career goals? I
will also add the question that as mentors to our youth do teachers and parents
have a responsibility to identify a realistic career goal that they have a
passion for? Can they both a realistic and an idealistic career goal be attend?

I am of the firm opinion that as mentors to our youth that we have the responsibly
to provide our youth not only with a realistic career goal but also one that
they have a passion for, and in doing so you can achieve both. Achieving this
goal will take full cooperation of all parties involved in guiding our youth as
they grow. Although the career goal is the youths’ choice to make and also the most important decisions in someone’s life, the adults in their life need to impart their
life experiences, wisdoms, expertise and provide them the necessary tools in
order to ensure they choose an appropriate career path for them. Both
the youth and their mentors need to understand that not everyone has the
ability be a doctor, a professional athlete, or an astronaut. Some people are
more suited being HVAC specialists, construction works, agricultural specialists
and plumbers which our work force also needs.

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Although school have a
strong presence in our youth’s life, the parents should have the most influence
the youth’s career choice and exploration. According to a study by Ferris State
University, 78% of high school
students say parents are their biggest
career influence (White, 2017) so it is imperative that most of the responsibility
fall on them. Both parents and school staff need to
take a constructive approach and not immediately say no to their career goal. They
need to point them in the right direction and insure they explore and know
exactly what it will take to successfully pursue their career of choice.  The youth also need to take a career aptitude
test career which can help identify their strengths and weaknesses. These
assessments are may not be 100% accurate but they are a great way to start and
are a valuable tool to use in choosing a career. Once they have made several career
goals they should explore them in more detail which can be done in several ways.  Most organizations offer career internship that
will afford them a firsthand view at their career of interest. They should also
be encouraged to find people that work in the careers they are interested in
and ask them questions about it.  All of
these tools and approaches will allow them to make an informed decision on
their career goal.

 

I will cite my personal experience
in this matter as an example. As most adolescents growing up I was not certain
of what career path I wanted to pursue while attending high school. Most of my
peers wanted to be engineers, business managers, teachers, or work in the tech
industry. None of those career fields really appealed to me. The one career
path I wanted to pursue since I was a child was service in the military but that
was idea was highly discouraged by my mother since she did not believe it was an
appropriate career goal for me. I remember my high school guidance counselor
told me that since I had a passion for helping others and I liked physical
actives, I should pursue a career in the public service sector or as a guidance
counselor.  Ultimately, I ended up attend
college with a goal to obtain a degree in computer science because a career in
that field paid well, it was the top career field at the time and I thought it would
be something I could do even though I didn’t really feel a passion for. Also,
my older brother had a career in the tech industry, so if he liked it I should
too. Well I was wrong. After two miserable years in college I ended up changing
my field of study to pursuit an associate in emergency medical services because
not only was it a realistic career path for me, but I also felt a passion for
being an EMT and helping others.     

In closing I will say
reach for the stars but also know your limitations. The should be to have them
chose a career that is realistic for them to obtain as well as also have a
passion for and in doing so they will have both a realistic and idealistic
career goal. We need to provide our youth the tools they will need to conduct
an internal assessment and external assessment of their capacities, strengths
and weaknesses all while providing the ability to choose a realistic career
goal that they also have a passion for. That way they can pursue a career that
is not only as fulfilling as possible, but also provides financially stability and
contributes to society.

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