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Ask high-school students what they want in a job and you’ll get almost as many answers as there are jobs. “Money,” “Respect,” or “Helping others” often top the list. But repeated research reveals that as important as money is to students, it doesn’t determine the careers they pursue.
That answer is a bit more surprising.
How Students Make Career Choices
What is the top factor influencing student career interests? Would you believe parents?
Long-term and less exciting goals rank low on the list. Students don’t place career advancement, personal development, or the likelihood of receiving a pension high on their priority list.
How Students Define Status
Although parents are the number one influence when it comes to picking a career, student’s view money and possessions as the key to status and self-esteem. Jobs used to be the key to status in the community, but these days, being a doctor isn’t enough, you must be a well-paid doctor; being a lawyer isn’t enough, you must be a well-paid lawyer.
Students are looking for careers that not only provide status within their community or family, but within their profession.
How RSC Helps Students Choose Their Careers
RSC’s career prep tools take all these factors into consideration. Of course, we don’t put the focus on money (except on how much you’re saving), but we know it’s important.
Our career search tools help students realize just what career goals and aspirations are attainable. With the right research, they’ll find a career they like, that improves their self-esteem and that pays them well.
And of course, meets with their parents’ approval.
Don’t forget to read Part One: Money First: How Students Choose a College, or Choose Not to Go at All
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