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The college elephant in the room

A major concern of parents of rising high school seniors this year is what happens on the other side of an expensive college journey. They want to know that the money that they spend and borrow will be worth the sacrifice. Although there are no guarantees, there are steps they can take to increase positive outcomes at the conclusion of their teen's college journey.

The first step
toward positive outcomes is the choice of college major. College majors that result in employment have one major thing in common: the major must be consistent with the natural gifts of the student. If the gifts of the student is in the arts don't tell the student to major in computer science. Instead, encourage them to major in the arts AND either double major or minor in a career area that will help them have maximum college choice. The choice of the second half of a double major or a minor should also be related to student skills and what fits nicely with their primary major. In the example of an arts student, arts management is one example and communication is another good example-assuming those are compatible with the skills, interests and personality of the student.

The key is to remember that the choice of college program and college are part of a long range plan to prepare the student for a career consistent with their gifts. Each student has a career area that they seem uniquely qualified to pursue. What's special about your teen? What contribution will they make in the world if they are nurtured in the development of their gifts?

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