Our Kids Should Have a Backup Plan…

iStock_000021337330LargeLately, I’ve seen a number of college students seeking degrees that are going to be difficult, if not impossible to find jobs with; building mounds of debt, with little hope of being able to pay off anytime soon. I’m seeing fields that experienced workers are struggling to find jobs and kids coming out of school, with hopes of finding the dream job. The worst part of what I’m seeing is that there’s no backup plan… No other options; besides minimum wage.

We need to make sure that our kids know that in this job market,  a degree is certainly no guarantee. We need them to be prepared, when it comes to their education. To do their research, so they know what jobs are out there in their chosen field. Our kids need to make the hard choices, knowing that their financial futures are at stake in this game.

Now, don’t get me wrong… I don’t want people to go after jobs that they’ll hate, but they have to understand that there’s more than one job that they could love. There are jobs that are rewarding and pay the rent, which is what they should be aiming for.

Yes, macramé may be a joy and an idea for a future business, but it’s not something they should want to go into some serious debt for, without any hope of recouping losses. They need a backup plan! Students can study business, with the goal of starting their own business in the future. Then there’s a degree that one can build on and one that will only help in the future.

There’s countless ways that goals and career hopes can blend, that have solid footing. We need to make sure that our kids know this fact and they think their goals through. Make choices that will build a solid base for their career goals, from the courses they take to the extracurricular activities they participate in and NEVER let them to forget about internships. They can make all the difference in the world!

There are so many people out there willing to assist our kids with these choices (because we all know that as parents, we don’t know ANYTHING). We need to have our kids seek these people out and ask the necessary questions. From people in the field, school counselors, and simply doing job searches online, these will all help make decisions.

Sit your kids down and have a talk with them, if they’re thinking of some questionable career goals and assist them in doing the research needed, not to have a useless degree (and YES, they exist!). This is especially important if you’re name is on those college loans, you don’t want your retirement to go to pay off that Masters in Macramé. 😉

Have a wonderful week and do great in your work and your life…

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