Is this for me?
Information for Parents:
It's hard to believe that your high school student will be graduating soon. It seems like just yesterday that your student was playing in the sandbox and eating dirt, without a care in the world.

Now, your student is facing big decisions - choosing a college or university to attend, or choosing a career path to study or immediately pursue.
So what can you do as a parent to help them make these decisions? Although it may seem overwhelming for the both of you, it's easier than you think. Below are some tips for you to use to help guide your student in their new career exploration:
1. Help your student identify their interests.  Research shows that people are more satisfied with their career choice if it is based on their interests rather than salary.
2. When advising your student about the best options for their future, account for their educational budget and potential outcome, as well as their interests so that they will be better prepared for success after high school.
3. Be non-judgmental.  Go ahead and make suggestions about jobs, skills, trades or careers - but let your student be the ultimate judge of what's best.
4. Help your student write a resume and cover letter.  If you're not a "resume pro" yourself, help them find samples online or from your local library.
5. Help your student find an internship, job shadow or apprenticeship opportunity.  It's incredibly beneficial for them to get in the trenches and see what a career in the nursery and landscape industry is all about. There's no better way to discover if a career is for you than to try it on for size!

  • Texas A&M University researchers found that women had more innovative ideas and solutions to problems when flowers were nearby.
  • Nursery and greenhouse production is the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture.
  • According to the USDA Forest Service, a healthy tree cools the air equivalent to ten room-sized air conditioners operating at 20-hours a day.

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