Free program offered to help high schoolers plan for life after graduation

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Posted at 1:33 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 10:09:16-04

With all the extra time your kids have right now, it may be a good time to help them start thinking about their future.

The developers of the North Carolina-based Student Career Path Planning Program are offering their services for free for 30 days.

“We’re trying to just bring some hope to a future that seems, at least on hold right now," said program director Cathie Clarkson.

The program is entirely on-line and includes questionnaires, videos and activities for parents and students to do together.

"The big goal for us is to have students and parents ask the question of who they are. Not what they want to be, but who they want to be and who they are based on their personality and their interests and values," said Clarkson.

The program was designed for high schoolers, but Clarkson says even middle schoolers can benefit by starting the conversation early to help them make better decisions.

“We’ve found over the years not only people mid-career but particularly students who were just coming out college with degrees and a lot of debt were finding themselves in careers that weren’t really a good fit for them,” said Clarkson.

Clarkson says self-assessment is key to helping students figure out what they want to do, whether it's college, military, vocational or trade schools.

There are also coaches available to help in various situations, such as if parents and students have different ideas of what their future looks like.

The program normally costs $350 for six months.

You can sign up for their free 30-day offer on their website.