Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog.
Today, I’m having our favorite Child Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, share a topic for our teens…
Job and Career Planning for Teens
Dr. Valerie Allen
As teenagers progress through high school their career plans may boarder on whimsical, fantasy,
or the far fetched. Parents, don’t be alarmed! What must Mrs. Disney have thought as her little
boy, Walter, kept drawing all those mice? It’s good to think big and plan accordingly, however,
it’s also important to consider “Plan B,” just in case fame and fortune doesn’t come overnight for
your special teenager.
Arts and Humanities: skilled production of creation and/or presentations for aesthetic
appreciation and/or recognition. Think: artists, creative writers, journalists, musicians,
Construction: processes in the building trades which help citizens in their living environment
and life styles to meet their needs. Think: architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers,
Education: application of knowledge in research and helping individuals in gaining skills and
techniques necessary to accomplish tasks. Think: professors, teachers, trainers, researchers.
Government: developing and enforcing the system of community living at the local, state, and
national levels and regulation of quality standards for the production of goods and services.
Think: politicians, lawyers, judges, law enforcement, policy makers, city planners.
Health and Welfare: maintaining the physical and mental well-being of humans, as well as being
active in the care of animals as they impact on the overall well-being of society. Think: medical
field, mental health professionals, case workers, veterinarians, personal trainers, life coaches.
Manufacturing: the design and production of goods and materials in an effort to make a product
suitable for consumer use. Think: factory production of parts and pieces, heavy equipment,
machinists, factory workers, assembly line.
Personal Services: aiding individuals in their daily life functions as related to their needs and
desires. Think: direct patient care, case workers, vocational/career guidance workers, barbers,
cosmetologists, health and beauty spas.
Product Services: the repair and maintenance of goods being used by the consumer. Think: auto
services, appliance repairs, mechanical engineers, infrastructure maintenance, utility workers.
Natural Resources: the management of environmental reserves in the production of goods and
materials to satisfy the needs and wants of the consumer. Think: forest workers, fish and wildlife
officers, pollution control, waste management workers, recycle and re-purpose workers.
Recreation and Entertainment: the application of artistic skills and talents for an individual’s own
pleasure and/or the pleasure of others. Think: sports, spas, gyms, playgrounds, zoos, culture,
Trade and Finance: involves the process of exchange of goods and services as well as monetary
services, to aid both the producer and the consumer personally or professionally. Think:
banking, investing, insurance, real estate, stock market, bookkeepers, accountants, loan officers
Transportation and Communication: the transfer of goods and people by air, land, or water and
the transmission of information throughout the community and world society. Think: airline
pilots, boat captions, train conductors, big rig drivers, bus drivers, computer/IT workers
All jobs are classified into one of three categories; those involving people, data, or things. There is,
of course, overlap but the basic focus of a job is in one of these three classifications. This list of
career clusters would be helpful to assist your teen to explore where his or her skills and interests
might be found. You can use this information as a good talking point with your teen.
Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She has written a work book for teens and parents, “Go to the Guidance Office and Ask the Counselor About Career Choices.” Amazon.com/dp/B08L5LKZ86
She has also published two children’s chapter books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New
Friends ” and a picture book for beginning readers, “The Sun and The Moon.” Amazon.com/author/valerieallen.
Oh yes, she has also raised six children from whom she has learned many things about life and love.
Thank you, Dr. Allen, for being a guest on my blog today and helping parents everywhere help their child be a success!
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