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What can we do to help young people decide what career to follow?

In today's world we are faced with thousands of career options. How can we equip young people to make good choices for their careers. What tools are available for career choices? What tools can be used in rural areas with little access to the internet? How can we as a global community help make career choice so much less frightening?

  • Apr 29 2013: According to me, making those young people conscious about their actual LIKES or hobbies will narrow down their career options & will broaden their success in their selected careers!
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    May 1 2013: One way might be to ask intelligent questions. In other words, I am 53 years old. I get to talk to young people here and there, riding on a bus, or working in a store. If I engage them in conversation, I try to ask them intelligent questions about their life, what they're doing, why they're doing it.

    Why are you asking this question, Dennis? You struggling with career?
    • May 3 2013: Thanks Greg. No - my wife and I have just embarked on a new project (called Home-Base) aimed at providing the thousands of orphans and vulnerable children in southern Africa with help after they finish school and age out of child-care organizations. I am looking for ideas to better equip these young people.
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    May 1 2013: let them make their own decision.

    advise against university training. it's over-rated
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    Apr 29 2013: One thing that might make career choice less frightening to those frightened by it is to discourage a strategy of putting all ones eggs in one basket, particularly early in ones education. That is, a good education should give a student the tools for pursuing a range of career options- the flexibility to make mid-course corrections, depending upon what sorts of work is available in the environment in which they find themselves and also what their strengths turn out to be.

    It probably does not serve young people well to seek early closure on the matter that precludes a later change of path.
    • May 3 2013: Thanks Fritzie. I agree with you here. Career choice needs to be a journey rather than a destination owing to the pace of change in the world. I am looking for tools/signposts to help them on this journey.
  • Apr 29 2013: But looking at the world - How would we know?
    • May 3 2013: So true. This is the challenge. The world is changing so fast that what I decide today might be out of date tomorrow.
      • May 3 2013: I agree - this seems to almost prevent a reasonable answer, and the fact that there is 14% unemployment in America(U6) Higher some other places.
  • Apr 29 2013: this is what i am currently researching

    till now, it is clear that a lot of effort need not go into deciding future of children.

    although i can not reveal the full content of my research, these are a few parameters:

    a. interest
    b. trained behavior
    c. willingness to understand
    d. subliminal inclination

    if you are serious you can contact me and we may share notes on this.

    now your questions Dennis:

    hwo to equip- there can never be enough equipment for the development of mind.

    What tools are available for career choices? tolls for career choices, not many. but career counsellors exist, only for those who know partially their interests and primarily their motivation.

    What tools can be used in rural areas with little access to the internet? internet is a sham and not really required for teaching students. Books and Worksheets are tools good enough. i never had internet while growing up and i can read pretty well. so i guess you get my point here.

    How can we as a global community help make career choice so much less frightening? by letting people do what they love instead of pushing them to do what we or their parents or the society loves. just let them be.

    fear in children with respect to career arises only when necessity is confused with obligation.

    we may correspond on this matter even further if you are serious Dennis.