Q & A with a Career Development Expert!
Amanda Blanton answers some of the most frequently asked questions about career
planning below. Amanda is a Certified Career Development Facilitator
through the Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc., and
has years of experience in secondary and post-secondary career
development programs. If you have other questions, email
us and we will enter them here and do our best to answer
Q: What are some of the skills a child will need to be successful in any career?
Q: What are some of the specific activities and experiences a parent should
provide to help prepare a child for a career?
Q: How should a parent respond to a child who says, “I want to be a professional
ball player,” an “actor” or “actress”, an “astronaut,” or anything
that a parent believes is unrealistic, dangerous, etc.?
Q: What is the first step in helping my child? Where do I begin?
Q: What if my child doesn’t do well on the SAT? Will he still be able to go
Q: What exactly does “open door” admissions mean? If my child attends a college
with “open door” admissions, will she receive a quality education?
Q: Where can I find information about the career that my child has chosen to
Q: If my child chooses to pursue a four-year degree, how can I be sure his
education will be worth the investment?
Q: If my child chooses a specific career while in high school, how can I be
sure that she takes the courses that will be most beneficial to
Q: My child eventually wants to pursue a four-year degree, but wants to begin
college at a smaller community college. Can she start at a two-year
college, or a will she be wasting her time if she wants a four-year
Q: How does a two-year degree compare to a four-year degree in terms of salary,
opportunities, etc. What type of degree is more marketable?
Q: I want to give my child a realistic view of work so that he
will not have grand expectations when he gets his first job. How
can I tell my child what will be expected of him in the workplace?