The purpose of the eBook is to help parents as career coaches of their young adults. Dutch, a certified career professional for almost 20 years, has helped hundreds of parents and young adults make excellent school and career choices.
"This book helps parents get their young adults to talk about themselves," says Dutch. "About times in their lives when they were doing what they enjoy most and do best; what they enjoy and have fun doing; simple thing--what excites them or turns them on at school and outside of school.
"This book will help parents analyze that material, so they can clearly understand the definitions of what their son or daughter does naturally and effortlessly--and how those key elements of their right work connect to specific jobs in specific organizations."
There are significant obstacles within the school system today that handicap students and their parents from making good career choices. Dutch's 'Job Joy for Young Adults' program is designed to help parents overcome those obstacles.
Obstacle # 1: Guidance counselors are overwhelmed by sheer numbers these days.
Obstacle # 2: Teens have little understanding of how their unique combination of innate talents, learned skills, and limited job experience correlate with specific jobs in specific organizations. In short, they can’t answer two simple questions: Where and What?
Obstacle # 3: The main assessment tool of counselors is an interest inventory. Identify the interests a student has at 17 or 18 and put them on a career path for life. But our interests at 18 can be very different than our interests at 28, 38, or 48.
Obstacle # 4: Traditionally, guidance counselors will rely on tests. Tests are just technology. "Career choice is not just a science; it's an art," says George. Counselors assume that test scores reflect the motivational dynamics of the individual tested. This assumption is false.