Did you know that it is estimated that as high as 80% of college students change their major at least once?
Or that only 19% of workers say they are satisfied in their jobs?
While there are likely a number of factors contributing to these statistics, it would stand to reason that one of them is that some were ill-equipped to make the critical decision of what to do with their lives when that time came. I find it interesting that we are forced into making this decision at a time in our lives when we are changing drastically, not to mention just starting to figure out and establish who we are as we enter into adulthood.
Yet, I don’t know that there is a good solution or way around this, aside from parents taking a more active role in helping guide their children or provide opportunities for them to think in different ways about the decision, weighing different factors and pros and cons.
I do realize this is easier said than done during the teenage years, a time when we don’t want to listen to our parents or take their advice, necessarily.
Which is why I think maybe we need to start much younger in talking a little more with our kids about what they want to do when they grow up and helping them explore those interests and identify and develop their natural talents.
Summer is a great time to help your kids explore their career interests!
There are so many different types of camp experiences to take advantage of. Following are a variety of summer camps for kids or opportunities to explore for interests within the Top 15 Dream Jobs of Kids (based on 2012 data from Bureau of Labor Statistics):
Space Camps for the budding Astronaut
Music Camps for the Musician-To-Be
Performing Arts Camps for the aspiring Actor/Actress
Dance Camps for the future Dancer
Ideas for the future Teacher-of-the-Year
I didn't find any teacher camps, but one idea is to look into peer tutoring programs. If you have a hard time finding something like this, perhaps contact your child's guidance counselor, who may know of some opportunities or may have other ideas. A high school guidance counselor might be your best bet since they help students prepare for submitting college applications.
If your child wants to be a Math Teacher, there are a number of Math camps to check out:
Camps for the Firefighter and Police Officer "Heroes of Tomorrow"
The NYPD has a Youth Summer Police Academy but if that's not an option for you perhaps check with some of the larger police departments closer to you to see if they have anything comparable or know of any other similar type of programs close by.
Opportunity for the Up-and-Coming Writer
There are so many opportunities with modern technology these days and with self-publishing options and personalized photo books you could help your child write and publish a short story over the summer as a fun project.
Crime Solving Camp for the Determined Detective
Athletic Camps for the next great Athletes
I am sure there are tons of sports camp options but here are a few to get you started:
"Junior Vet" Camp
Science Camps for the budding Scientists
Aviation Camps for the aspiring Pilots
Ideas for the future Lawyers
Camps for the Doctors of Tomorrow
With Summer fast approaching, if you are interested in any of these camps please be sure to check them out soon as deadlines for applications may be around the corner or programs may be filling up quickly. In fact, I noticed that a couple of the programs are no longer accepting applications for this summer, but I am leaving them on the list for potential future consideration for those who may be interested in checking out the program anyway.
Obviously not all children are going to pursue a career in one of the top 15 dream jobs for kids category, but there are so, so many summer camp options you are sure to find something that will be a great fit for your child's interests.