| Hi Taylor:
Any idea what kinds of careers a young adult might look into this
day and age? I've been talking with my son who just graduated high
school about his plans for the future, and I feel like we're both
kind of stumped. - Keith
Hi Keith: First things first, there's nothing wrong with an
18-year-old who doesn't know exactly what they want from life! My
plans have come a long way since I was in high school, and I think
every part of the journey the peaks and the valleys
have been equally important.
There are a lot of growing job fields that may or may not interest
your son. There's always the option to change course later, but any
one of the careers below could lead to a lot of happiness and success.
Assistant. Most people who want to be doctors know that from
an early age. Your son might not want to go the med school route,
but becoming a physician's assistant requires much less schooling
and still turns him into a licensed, well-paid medical professional.
He could make this the goal of his undergraduate studies and then
change course at any point if he's motivated to do so.
2. Solar and Wind Technicians. If college doesn't feel like
the right choice right now, the renewable energy sectors are always
hiring and training, and offering excellent pay. From fixing turbines
to installing solar panels, someone can have a nice active job
in a field that's only going to expand in the coming years.
3. Data Analyst. Every day our society moves more online,
meaning anyone who can help with data analytics continues to be
a more employable member of society. These jobs almost always
require at least a bachelor's degree, but with the right focus
you can land a good analyst position without dealing with the
extra work and cost of getting a master's.
4. Gigs. Us parents like to look at long-term careers when
helping our children, which is why I started this list with three
specific options. However, a young adult trying to find his or
her way might be just as well served by settling into the expansive
gig economy and patching together a career quilt made of different
part-time jobs. He can taxi people around, deliver food, perform
odd jobs, write articles, design websites, tutor kids, buy and
sell thrift items online, housekeeping, landscaping, etc. The
list goes on almost indefinitely and makes a lot of sense for
someone who's not exactly sure what type of degree they want to
| With the job
market coming back to life, opportunities are around every corner.
I'd tell your son to start with an area of interest and then look
for jobs or schooling programs within that field. Hope this helps!
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