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What is the one BEST career for my teen?

In over 30 years working with both children and adults it has never ceased to amaze me how each person seems to come specifically equipped in personality, motivation and talent to enter a specific profession. Whatever that is for your kid, that is the BEST career field for them even if it is not on the current list of hot or trendy careers.
All parents want their child to be successful. Successful to most means that their child is in a field that is suited to them earning an income that meets their current and future needs. Successful people are people who are doing what they were born to do. 
When your current teen was a small child, you began to see things that were unique to him. As your child grew, your list of what he does well and his personality traits grew.  As your teen nears the time when he must make a college choice, his unique personality and skills have to be part of the decision making process. If the field that your teen should enter is not clear at this point, testing by a professional can help pinpoint what he should study.  Although many teens with whom I work know what they want to do, there are some who are unclear. The unclear students are the ones I test and what they should be doing becomes clear after that.
Whatever you do as a parent, do not force your teen into a college major and career because it is popular or on the list of fastest growing careers. I have seen students deliberately flunk out of college because they could not stand what they were studying.  It is much more cost effective to test your teen and then work toward a realistic and desirable college and career plan.
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