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From Just Getting By to Going Somewhere: Making High School Matter
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Austin Career Counselor Beth Arnold, LPC, provides career assessments and guidance to high school students and their parents.
Parents, are you concerned that your teenager is losing motivation to excel in school or is feeling overly stressed about the future?
Neuroscientists tell us that teenagers' brains are still "under construction" when it comes to making a consistent connection between current actions and future consequences. This natural stage of development can raise frustrations between parents and students when it comes to career planning. Today the vast and confusing array of career choices and the apparent implications of making the wrong choices create anxiety and can paralyze decision-making. Career assessments designed for high school students and career guidance customized to serve the unique needs of the individual student can reduce stress and reinvigorate curiosity and learning.
High school counselors are limited in the help they can provide. A 2014 memorandum signed jointly by the U.S Departments of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services noted that the effectiveness of career planning services offered by high school counselors is hampered for three reasons:
Beth can provide the customized career planning assistance your student needs. She helps students:
Beth guides students through the process of identifying their natural preferences related to interests, skills, personality and values. She helps them explore how those preferences have played out in their lives so far, as well as how they may play out after high school and into career. Her guidance helps students: