Recently, I had the privilege of serving on a panel to judge presentations given by high school seniors regarding their career and educational plans. Over the course of several days, I listened as graduating students, accompanied by their PowerPoint presentations, detailed how they planned to pursue their careers, continue their educations, and achieve various personal goals in their lives. The high school had made online resources available to students to assist them in learning about which careers would be consistent with their personal interests and desires, and the students then investigated what it would take to enter those careers, looking at the educational requirements, finding out which colleges offered applicable programs, etc.
As you might expect, the goals were as varied as the personalities and interests of the students who envisioned them. Some planned to enter the military to gain experience, travel, and receive college assistance benefits. Others saw themselves pursuing lengthy and academically challenging paths ultimately leading to becoming physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers. Some sought to become self-employed entrepreneurs, mechanics, accountants, or involved in various creative arts. Continue reading