February 24, 2017 Careers 0

Parents of S.D. 60 students came together to connect with one another and learn from the Parents as Career Coaches workshop put on by Brent Calvert and the S.D. 60 career education department.

Parents worry about their children’s futures, and part one of this two-night workshop helped arm parents with some strategies and thinking to nudge their children along on their paths of self-discovery towards making career decisions.  Some of the take-home messages included:

  • Refraining from making judgments or assigning values to what your children tell you
  • Minimizing a student’s sense of risk by taking the pressure off
  • Acting in a clarifying role as a coach to your child.  You can do this by identifying your child’s interests, values, and skills to help inform you all during the decision-making process.

It is a process, so understand that the journey may take a while, and may take a few (several!) zigs, zigs, and probably even some backtracking steps.

In a fun role reversal, parents were sent away with reflection homework, to be completed for the second part of the two-session series, Thursday, March 9.

Thank you to all who participated, and thank you, Brent for traveling to our town to share these insights with our community.

Parents as Career Coaches 2-part workshop