When – and how — did you know what career you wanted?
If you have trouble answering those questions, you’re in good company. And if you’re a parent whose son or daughter is struggling with finding the right career path, you may unsure what guidance to offer beyond the old adage, “Do what you love.”
For how often it’s thrown around, “Do what you love” is actually pretty difficult advice to follow for most people. In fact, according to a CareerBuilder survey, 41 percent of workers wish they had more guidance when choosing their career. That trend is likely to continue; a separate CareerBuilder survey found that 24 percent of high school seniors have no idea what career they want to pursue.
A New Way to Help Students Choose a Career
That’s why CareerBuilder and EMSI are launching Find Your Calling, a free national website with everything young people – and their parents – need to know about choosing a career. Find Your Calling starts with a student’s interests and personality and pairs that with career data from over 100 employment resources to find the student’s best career options.
Of course, there are plenty of other things to take into consideration when choosing a major – and Find Your Calling covers those too. Students and their parents can use the easy-to-use interactive site to view real-time labor market data for each individual career – from salary ranges, job growth projections and businesses hiring to related college programs.
Putting the right people in the right job is what CareerBuilder’s all about, and Find Your Calling is designed to help start this process earlier by putting students on the path to the right career. When students have the opportunity to make their decisions based both on their own personal goals and aspirations as well as larger industry trends, we move closer to having a workforce that’s not only well-prepared to enter the workforce, but genuinely enthusiastic about it.
So now, when your son or daughter asks you for career advice, you’ll not only be able to offer your own advice, but also help them understand that the best decisions often require the best information.