397 - 3 Reasons Earlier is Smarter

Posted February 15, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 397

Episode Title: 3 Reasons Earlier is Smarter

When it comes to career exploration, earlier is smarter—and coming up next on The Perna Syndicate, I’ll tell you why. Stay tuned.

 

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This is The Perna Syndicate—hello and welcome! Many parents like to defer their child’s career exploration until the high school years, but I believe this is a mistake. This is definitely a case where earlier is smarter, and I’ll give you three reasons why. 

 

Number one, waiting until high school to talk careers means introducing a new idea at a time when so much is already changing for these kids. All the sudden they have to think about the future in a way they’ve never done before. That can be stressful! But, if the career conversation has already been a normal part of life growing up, it won’t be so scary to think about in high school. 

 

Number two, some kids need more time than others to really figure out what lights them up and gets them motivated. Starting to talk about their interests earlier gives them more time to uncover the career that’s right for them—instead of having to make a panicked decision at the eleventh hour. 

 

Number three, earlier career exploration allows the family more time to create and fine-tune a plan for postsecondary training. If a young person knows they need to attend college to attain their chosen career, it’s better to know that as far in advance as possible. The same goes for any other pathway—the sooner you know, the better you can plan. And the smoother your future will be. 

 

Done right, early career exploration doesn’t take away from the carefree days of childhood or put undue pressure on kids to make a decision. Instead, it can help them anticipate all the cool things they’ll get to do and experience in the future. For so many reasons, earlier is smarter. 

 

Tomorrow: in our tech-driven world, is academic ability still paramount for a great career? Yes—but not by itself. We’ll talk about it on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then! 


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