A Parent Handbook
for Career Development
You are, and will continue to be, the major influence in the lives of your children.
You know your child’s interests, abilities, goals and dreams better than anyone
else. You spend the most quality time with them and also have the strongest
interest in their well-being and success.
As children enter kindergarten and begin their journey through the educational
system, they are filled with dreams, excitement, challenges, and amazement in
the environment of the school setting. This is the time when children begin to
form opinions and attitudes that will remain with them throughout their lives. As
they progress through the educational system from elementary into middle/junior
high, to high school and into post high school education or work, parents have
the responsibility to help their children develop a positive self-image, know and
understand their individual skills, and assist them to relate these to effective
educational and career goal planning. The world of the 21st century will hold
challenges that we cannot imagine.
Research shows that family support is more important to school success than a
student’s IQ, economic status, or school setting. Children don’t need to be
geniuses to succeed. However, in our high-skill world, they need to understand
that knowledge, skills and attitudes are the keys to success in the 21st century.
The purpose of this handbook is to give you ideas and suggestions to enjoy the
adventure of exploring the many opportunities that are available to your children
today. One of the greatest gifts a parent can offer is to nurture a sense of hope
and excitement about the future. Discover what you can do to make a difference
at school and home, and the steps to insure your child’s future.
This important responsibility is shared by you and your child, and we hope you
will use this handbook to help pave the road to their dreams and their future