“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson, Educator.
High school is a time of real transition for teens, as they move into adulthood and the more adult issues of work, careers, and college. It is a time of growth as well as a time of challenge. Most students often find themselves at crossroads when it comes to career choices. They are curious about the world of work for want of information about entry level requirements, the day to day tasks performed, the remuneration, the opportunities to travel etc. They occasionally also want to demystify, confirm or cross check information received from other sources.
Studies have shown that many students choose careers in the abstract. While the best determinant of a career choice is ones interests, strengths, skills and abilities, most students make their choices based on:
- Peer pressure
- What they deem as cool careers
- The big name in a career. Many students talk of neurosurgeon, aeronautical engineer, etc
- Lack of information that makes students and guardians only think of the top 5 careers (doctor, engineer, architect, lawyer, IT) and yet we have over 300 careers
- Parents & teachers influence
- Subjects taken in secondary schools
- Jobs that are deemed to be available and marketable
The list is endless.
DYC uses various forums to reach out to students. These include but are not limited to churches, high schools, colleges, universities, career fairs and even privately coordinated events. We customize our presentations to fit the audience and the topics that have been requested.
“Students, if you’re in high school right now, you’re at a great point in your life. You have your whole life in front of you. And now is a good time to start thinking about your future, to make some initial plans; just remember that plans can be easily changed. Now is the time to pursue your dreams!”
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