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Youth -- Vocational guidance, Vocational interests, People with disabilities -- Vocational guidance, Social work with youth


What do you want to be when you grown up? This is a question most of us heard more than once when we were kids and even more when we were in high school. When we got to be in our 20s the question may have changed to something like, “What are you going to do when you finish college?” or “Now that you are an adult what kind of job or career do you want to do?” After working as a barista, receptionist, and other minimum wage jobs, one young woman in the Career Visions project said, “I am now trying to figure out my “Big Girl” job.” There is a lot of pressure from families and others on most youth and young adults to figure out their career path. Many young adults also put pressure on themselves – especially as they move toward the age of 30, which many perceive as when “real” adulthood begins. A few people are very clear about what they want to do for a living. However, for most of us it is not so obvious.


Produced by the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University.

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