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Help Your Child Choose a Career and College

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Your child has countless educational and career options. It can be a little scary, because career choice can impact job satisfaction, where one lives, earnings, and even social life. But contrary to popular belief, your child doesn’t need to know exactly what he wants to do with the rest of his life. And chances are, if he does know, that choice will change over time.

Lifelong Learning is Normal

It used to be that people had one employer for life and retired with a pension. Those days are long gone. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finds that people have an average of about 14 jobs by the time they turn 40. And while the BLS doesn’t track the number of times people change careers during their working lives, estimates range from three to seven. So prepare your child to never stop learning.

Be Candid About Money

Let your child know how much you can contribute to her education financially. That way, she won’t get any surprises when she discovers she didn’t get enough financial aid. Encourage and help her to apply for scholarships, grants and federal loans to make up the gap between how much you can pay and how much school actually costs.

Find a College

There are 34 community and technical colleges in the state. That means there’s a good chance there is one near you and has a program right for your student. You can narrow your search for a college by program, location, college, or online programs.

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