Five Ways to Help Middle School Students Think About Their Future Careers
Utilize These Fun and Easy Tips to Help Your Child Explore What Direction is Right for Them
The middle school years are an important time for your child to start thinking about their future career. It can be difficult to make the transition from being a middle school student and having fun with friends, to realizing that they have big decisions ahead of them. Shamrck presents these five tips to help middle school students think about their future careers in a way that is engaging and exciting!
One of the best ways to engage middle school students is through games that help them think about their future careers. A fun way to do this is by playing a game called, “Who Am I?” In this game each player writes down three words describing themselves and then picks one word out of two options given in order to find out who they are on paper. They can see what type of career fits them best based off whether or not they enjoy physical labor vs mental work, socializing with people all day vs working alone most days, etc.
Quotes from professionals about their career choice are sure to make middle school students think about what they want for the future. One way you could do this is by asking your middle schooler, “What are some quotes from people who work in these types of jobs?” For example, if your middle school child wants to explore being an artist, ask them for any words of wisdom from artists they know like family members and friends. You also might try looking up quotes on Google images since it gives plenty of options and may even say the person’s age at the time of the statement.
Future Career Day:
One day during the year (perhaps near your child’s birthday) find an opportunity for them to visit people who work in a career they might be interested in exploring. This way they’ll get a better understanding of what it means to work in that profession because seeing is believing! For example, if your son wants to explore being an artist, take him to an art museum for a day and then ask the people who work at the museum what their favorite part of working there is.
Another way that is engaging, but also educational, is finding out what famous people have had experiences similar to your middle-schooler’s experiences. It may help your child feel that their goal is more attainable if they are able to relate to others who have tackled similar obstacles and succeeded.
Middle schoolers love drawing! If you’re looking for an easy but engaging project for your middle schooler try asking them to draw pictures showing where they see themselves in ten years. This can be done with a traditional sketch or by using markers and coloring pencils to create something more colorful.
If your middle schooler feels out of place in a world surrounded by adults, you can read about fictional characters who have been through similar experiences and felt that way too. One option is reading things like Calvin & Hobbes because those are middle school titles with protagonists who still manage to do great things despite feeling different from other kids their age. In addition, Dr Seuss’s “Oh The Places You’ll Go” is another middle grade book that talks about a middle schooler’s worries and how to work through them.
In addition to these tips it’s important to find middle schoolers’ interests and help them explore those! For example, if your middle schooler wants to be an artist, introduce her to different types of art and different ways to be creative. If he wants to be a doctor, take him on a tour at the hospital and help him to start exploring this career path by having him volunteer there first. Shamrck is able to recommend extracurricular activities and other local resources like these that are specifically aimed at your child’s unique interests.
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