Sophomores and Careers

January 26, 2018

Dr. Suess – “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Sounds like a good segue into talking about making career choices.


Our sophomores are starting research papers on careers in which they have an interest. The point of this project is for students to learn the steps and resources needed to examine career possibilities and then identify how to get there.

The goal is for students to seek to be more informed about what careers are out there and what is needed to get that career. For our students, we want them to find something they feel will help fulfill their lives.

As a high school student an undisclosed number of years ago, I knew I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know really how to decide. Things were either grand or ordinary, and I vacillated between the two depending on my mood.  Some careers I knew I didn’t want to do and others I didn’t think I could do.  Should I follow in the steps of my father or mother? Should I pursue my brother’s dream and take it as my own? There were so many questions and reactions as I felt basically ‘let loose’ to forage on my own.

I remember frustrating teachers and counselors with my requests that they tell me. They stoically stuck to their mantra, “You have to decide – it’s your future.” Remembering what I had experienced, I would add to their mantra, “Be well informed.”

The structure of the paper is to aid students with a process to be informed about careers, the market for that job, and if it will offer the wage they feel they need.

So, as we embark on this odyssey of discovery of new careers and ratification of desired ones, there should be, by the end of February or the beginning of March, a knowledge of how to research about possible careers, what it takes to get the training and education, and then how to get started.