Consider Your Learning Style
One place to start is by discovering a student’s learning style. Everyone has a learning style. Some people are visual learners, some learn best by listening, and some are hands-on — they learn by doing. For these hands-on learners, a career in a hands-on field, such as the high-tech transportation industry, not only suits their strengths but also brings them satisfaction and security. As many parents spend more time observing their children’s learning in a virtual school environment, they are developing an appreciation for different learning styles. Many hands-on learners struggle in traditional learning environments. However, these children and teens thrive when they engage in educational opportunities that support their strengths, and can put them on the road to successful careers.
Options for Hands-On Learners
The TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the potential of professional technician careers, provides resources and encourages parents, teachers, and other influential figures to recognize and support technical careers that may be a good fit for hands-on learners.”For too long, we’ve accepted as truth that a college degree is the only way to get ahead and we’ve overlooked the gifts, talents and significant contributions of students who don’t fit the four-year mold,” says Jennifer Maher, CEO & Executive Director of the TechForce Foundation.”For students who are mechanically minded, and learn best when they’re in action, a quality technical or vocational education can be the path to success.”As part of its ongoing “Be a Pathfinder” campaign, the TechForce Foundation offers a free online assessment to help students (and adults) identify their learning styles, and participants can receive a detailed report with educational and career advice based on their style — visual, auditory, or kinetic. The campaign encourages students to be “pathfinders” by helping them discover and understand their unique strengths and use that knowledge to choose educational and career paths. Visit TechForce.org/mypath for the learning styles assessment, as well as more resources for education and career planning.