Help Kids Connect Career Aspirations to Reality


The Perseverance Process Webinar SeriesWithin the next decade, some type of post-secondary education will be required in 63 percent of all jobs in the United States and in 90 percent of growing industries with high wages, according to the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research.

Those statistics may not be surprising, but the gap between students’ aspirations to attend college and their actual completion rates raises concerns.

Here’s the problem. From 1997 to 2010, middle and high school students who planned to go to college increased from 67 percent to 75 percent; however, during that same period college graduation only increased from 28 percent to 32 percent.

Young people, of course, still have high career aspirations. The Gallup Youth Survey asked American teens, aged 13 to 17, about their career aspirations. The top ten picks were teacher, doctor, lawyer, sports field, science/biology, architecture, business, military, engineer, and nurse.

Search Institute’s upcoming ParentFurther webinar focuses on helping young people close this gap between career aspirations and making those goals a reality. Kent Pekel, Ed.D., President and CEO of Search Institute, continues his discussion of how to help kids persist in achieving goals. Learn how to motivate children to envision their best possible selves, then help them act upon what they need to do today to realize those possibilities for tomorrow.

Join us for The Perseverance Process: Cultivating an Attitude of “Think Forward, Act Now” in Your Kids, a free webinar presented by Kent Pekel, Ed.D., President and CEO of Search Institute, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 12PM - 1PM, CST.

Register for the no-cost webinar now >>


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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