Here are some suggestions for ways you can help your child think about career choices:

• Take your child to the school or public library. Ask a librarian to show you the occupation reference section. Visit this section often to learn about careers that may interest your child.

• Play games with your child that focus on careers. For example, ask your child to look through the newspaper for a want ad about an interesting job. Talk about how your child would prepare for that job.

• As the world grows smaller, many jobs have an international flavor. Encourage your child to learn more about life in other countries. Check out videos that take your family on a tour of another land. If your community has a foreign exchange student, invite him or her to speak to your child’s class.

• Encourage your child to think and dream about the future. Talk about your child’s interests or skills with a teacher, a guidance counselor or your child’s principal.

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