Where is the best place for a teen to look for impartial advice?

(5 Posts)
paulkal Tue 12-Aug-14 08:02:10

My sister has a son who is in the process of deciding which career he wants to do. He is 18 and has specialized in sciences but his main strength, in job suitability terms, is how well he gets on with people. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to fully acknowledge what an asset this could be when finding a career, despite my own and my sister's encouragement. What kind of impartial careers advice would people recommend?

LeftHandedMouse Tue 12-Aug-14 10:47:05

At the risk of coming over all Zen like... himself?

Seriously, took me until an employer carried out a little HR exercise about understanding your own strengths and how to use them that I finally understood why I enjoyed some things and what i was good at.

Found a little guide here

www.wikihow.com/Discover-Your-Strengths

But it could be as simple as write down two columns on a bit of paper - What am I good At? and What do I enjoy?

And then try and think about that outside of the academic mindset of school.

Mostlyjustaluker Tue 12-Aug-14 10:48:18

Connexions careers service.

enriquetheringbearinglizard Tue 12-Aug-14 10:53:49

How about he has a look into the career of a pharmacist? Just one idea for starters.

paulkal Wed 13-Aug-14 07:29:41

Thanks for your feedback. I will pass it on.

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