Posted February 14, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: It’s OK to Decide For Now
Why is career exploration so hard for some kids? Well, they’re afraid of messing it up—for life. Here’s why it doesn’t have to be this way, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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You’re starting your week with The Perna Syndicate, and I’m your host, Mark Perna. Have you ever asked a student, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” If you think about it, this can actually be a terrifying question.
Many teens have not yet developed the maturity to think and plan long term. They feel unprepared to commit to something that will affect the rest of their lives. That hesitation is natural, even healthy. But it does make it hard to move forward in their education, when they don’t yet know where they’re going.
That’s why parents, counselors, teachers, and others who interact with students need to know about the for-now decision. I call it that because it’s temporary, it takes the heat off, and yet it’s still a direction for kids to move toward.
Students who pick a “for-now” career direction can start researching and planning for it. It doesn’t have to be a lifetime commitment—just something that sounds interesting to them right now. It gets the wheels turning.
They can change their mind at any time—and that’s 100% okay. In fact, it shows that they’re learning more about themselves and what they want out of life.
As we talk about career exploration and how to help kids move toward a viable future, we have to remember how big and scary this can all feel to them. Let’s make sure they know: it’s okay to decide just for now.
Tomorrow: when it comes to career exploration, earlier is definitely smarter. I’ll give you three reasons why, next up on The Perna Syndicate. See you then!