Helping your child plan a career

Career Planning OR Choosing a Major?

Career planning and choosing a major can be incredibly overwhelming. When I was a child, my father often would ask, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” We’ve all heard that same thing, haven’t we? But there is wisdom in it.

Career planning is overwhelming -especially in today’s world. It is very overwhelming. It is overwhelming for adults who have been in the work world for many years. Now, pause for a moment and ponder how overwhelming it would be for a young teenager, heading off to college. Not just overwhelming but it is even oppressive at times!

After visiting with many students and recognizing they were completely paralyzed with fear from this inevitability, I designed a Four Year Career Plan to help students break down the horrendous task into manageable pieces throughout their undergraduate experience.

By Tracy Atkinson

Tracy Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passion is researching, studying and investigating the attributes related to self-directed learners. She has published several titles, including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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