My son is a senior
in high school. He has gotten reasonably good grades, but
he doesn't seem to have any strong interests. He has applied
to liberal arts schools, and I am afraid that he will just
drift through college and not find himself. My older two
children were always very involved in activities and self-directed,
so I am really confused about how to help my son.
Should I have my son
take some of the vocational interest tests you have mentioned?
Could this help him find a direction?
tests can certainly help someone young (or old) find the
right direction. But unless you think he might want to pursue
a career in something like engineering that requires one
to start with the proper classes freshman year, I would
wait awhile to test him.
Let him sample courses
and mature for a year or so. After his first year or after
first semester second year, have him tested so he can make
an informed choice before choosing a major.
While many liberal
arts colleges do not see themselves in the business of training
students for jobs, I think all colleges should give kids
a vocational interest test to help them choose a major.
Too many college students graduate without a clear direction.
But as I said, it might be a good idea to let your son mature
for a year or so before he takes the test.
The Career Doctor