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Q & A with a Career Development Expert!

Amanda Blanton answers some of the most frequently asked questions about career planning below. Amanda is a Certified Career Development Facilitator through the Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc., and has years of experience in secondary and post-secondary career development programs. If you have other questions, email us and we will enter them here and do our best to answer them.

Q: What are some of the skills a child will need to be successful in any career?

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Q: What are some of the specific activities and experiences a parent should provide to help prepare a child for a career?

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Q: How should a parent respond to a child who says, “I want to be a professional ball player,” an “actor” or “actress”, an “astronaut,” or anything that a parent believes is unrealistic, dangerous, etc.?

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Q: What is the first step in helping my child? Where do I begin?

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Q: What if my child doesn’t do well on the SAT? Will he still be able to go to college?

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Q: What exactly does “open door” admissions mean? If my child attends a college with “open door” admissions, will she receive a quality education?

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Q: Where can I find information about the career that my child has chosen to pursue?

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Q: If my child chooses to pursue a four-year degree, how can I be sure his education will be worth the investment?

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Q: If my child chooses a specific career while in high school, how can I be sure that she takes the courses that will be most beneficial to her?

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Q: My child eventually wants to pursue a four-year degree, but wants to begin college at a smaller community college.  Can she start at a two-year college, or a will she be wasting her time if she wants a four-year degree?

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Q: How does a two-year degree compare to a four-year degree in terms of salary, opportunities, etc. What type of degree is more marketable?

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Q: I want to give my child a realistic view of work so that he will not have grand expectations when he gets his first job. How can I tell my child what will be expected of him in the workplace?

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