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Kids are not given the resources to truly answer the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?"
Did you know at 8 what you wanted to be?
This is one of the most important decisions that our kids have to make in their young life, however, our approach to helping kids is misguided and lacking resources.
We ask kids to make an uninformed choice.
2/3's of adults regret their college or career choice.
Most adults regret their career choice because they probably didn’t understand all of their choices. However, because adults think it is cute, we ask kids to give specific answers to the question, “what do you want to be,” when they are very young.
But don't give the them the resources.
We need to let them explore before asking them to choose.
This is because kids have very few resources to help them see their choices and answer this question realistically. They can spend years dreaming about becoming something that they are not at all suited for and miss opportunities to participate in activities that are a better fit for them.
What is needed?
A way to be exposed to lots of choices and then narrow those choices.
Better classroom tools
Today, if this topic is taught at all, it is taught as an aside and usually with focus on the same 20 careers that you can find on Amazon that fail to reflect the modern choices that kids have today.
Exposure to lots of choices
Reading is the easiest way to expose mid-grade kids to a large variety of options easily. On Amazon’s Top 100 Kids Career Books List - only 20 careers are covered and most of them are service jobs. There are almost no books about business, arts, product development or STEM - modern careers that are a very real options. Kids learn to look up to super heroes because of what they read and see - kids should see people who do the jobs they admire as super heroes as well.
An easier way to narrow in on interests and activites.
There are literally hundreds of activities that kids can take part in and only a limited amount of time to do them. Parents tend to choose the activities that are easily available or of interest to them. How can we help them choose.
Step 1: Exposure
Show kids lots of options
The only book that exposes kids to modern day role models across 100 different career paths. Each story is tied to a "career personality" and suggests activities for kids to do to keep learning.
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Winner of 3 prestigious children's literature awards and the subject of local and national news programs. Click here to learn more before buying.
Step 2: Evaluation
What is my child's "career personality"?
After exposing your child to lots of options, figure out which things they are most interested in.
The research behind this quiz is used to help adults figure out which career choices are right for them. I have created a tool based on this research to help parents figure out which of the 6 "career personalities" their child has a tendency towards. This tool will be published at the end of March and shared via my email list.
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Step 3: Execution
Help kids learn from other kids who figured out their passion and took action while they were still in school.
This book will be available for pre-purchase via Kickstarter this summer. Sign up below to join the fan club and get updates. The first few people to pre-purchase the book will have their child featured IN the book!
If we can't explore during elementary school, when can we?
2/3 of adults regret their college major and career choice.
While studies show that developing hobbies is a key factor of being a happy adult, how do kids find the hobbies that are worth committing to? I believe FIRST kids should focus on learning and trying lots of different things - we have our whole lives to commit! Listen to this clip about "why we shouldn't ask kids what they want to be when they grow up?"
Reading and Activities Can Help Exploration
Kids don't want to be told what to do.
According to Junior Achievement, the old model is broken. Kids don't want a career counselor to evaluate them and push them in a direction. They want to learn from role models and activities - Dream It & Do It has both.