In a previous blog entry, I shared several ideas for your teens to discover their strengths and abilities with a view towards helping them narrow down possible post-high school career options.
Recently, I came across career videos that may be another interesting way for your teen to explore career options.
The US Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop website provides videos in each of its 16 job cluster areas.
There is a video on each cluster, and then 550 individual job videos. Clusters include: agriculture and natural resources, architecture and construction, arts (including AV technology and communications), business administration, education/training, finance, government, heath science, hospitality/tourism, human services, information technology, law/public safety, manufacturing, retail/wholesale sales, scientific research/engineering, and transportation/logistics/distribution.
The videos are short (usually less than two minutes), but they provide succinct information on the training, education, skills, and job potential. The website also offers skill and ability videos, then highlights jobs that utilize those talents. The website provides student resources including the guide, What’s My Next Move? This online document guides students in the career planning process and includes a free online career interest test. It helps students to answer the questions:
- What are my career interests?
- Which careers do I want to explore?
- What are my career goals?
- Who is doing what I want to do?
- What are my plans to achieve my career goals?
- How do I start my career?
- How do I put my plan in action?
More career videos may be viewed on the iSeek Careers website.
The site is maintained by Minnesota state colleges and universities as a career and education resource. The videos are short (3 -5 minutes), but they give realistic information on many careers and the necessary skills to be successful on the job.
For example, the video on accountants defines the difference between accountants and auditors. It details the types of businesses that employ accountants and auditors, explains the various avenues of specialties in the field, reviews the necessary education and training, and notes the current job outlook.
Viewing these career videos may spark your teen’s desire to learn more about the field and may jump-start his motivation as he begins to see a connection between his high school academic work and skills needed for a career.
Photo Credit: Graphic design by Charity Klicka.