Ahh yes, one of the first questions we hear from parents as they are contemplating the value of sending their kids to some expensive college. Such a question is understandable though, after all, if you’re going to spend your money you should know what to expect, as well as what the returns might be.
The problem with this question though is the reality that the answer is literally different for each and every student. It’s kind of like taking two guys, both weighing in at a stout 300lbs, and putting them both on a diet and asking, “How long will it take them to get down to 200lbs?”
Just as a diet requires a focus on food selection, calorie intake, exercise, etc;
Taking on an examination of your career potential might seems difficult especially when if your education path was not straightforward, coming back to school for your GED might be the alternative path but it doesn't mean that your career potential is smaller. I work with many students who prepare for the GED exam by taking online classes. It's not easy, believe me, they don't have daily motivation from teachers, they are responsible for their schedule. If they finish the course I know they will succeed in their life. But I just don't want to predict the career potential on this one factor.
In the late 1970s, while studying executives impacted by the breakup of AT&T, Dr. Suzanne Kobasa developed the concept of “Stress Hardiness". Predicting potential for future success is based on past performance and demonstrated skills.
I’ve adapted the three Cs of Kobasa [and added a fourth] to the specific issue of career examination as follows:
Earlier this year, Samsung Mobile conducted a survey focused on family texting habits. The results of the survey claim that text messaging is improving relationships between parents and teens. Not only that, parents are learning something from their teens as a result of use of text messaging to keep in touch with one another. As a wired parent, I regularly use text messaging to quickly stay in touch and keep communication lines open with my text messaging guru teens… do you? One of the biggest challenges we face as parents of teens is communicating with them. We want to be involved in their lives, be good listeners, and help with the many challenges that crop up in the middle and high school years. We want to do all of this while allowing our kids to grow and learn on their own without watching their every move.
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