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How soon should a high school student, 9th grader, start thinking about future plans?

My 9th grader is only interested in band and thinks that's what he will do when he grows up, be a drummer and make lots of money. I have explained that those types of careers are rare. Am I squashing his dreams by telling him to have a plan B and to try other things?
In Topics: School and Academics, Alternatives to college, Getting ready for college
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BMelton
Feb 14, 2013
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Ninth grade is an excellent time to explore interests. For example, if the student is interested in animals, search and read about careers working with animals. In addition, what education is required for those careers, what courses offered in high school that prepare for that field. Attend a college and career fair and talk to experts. By 11th grade the student has the top three universities or colleges and may visit those campuses. The senior year the student will apply for admission and financial aid and scholarships. There are a number of articles on Education.com on college readiness.
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BMelton , Teacher writes:
Ninth grade is an excellent time to explore interests. For example, if the student is interested in animals, search and read about careers working with animals. In addition, what education is required for those careers, what courses offered in high school that prepare for that field. Attend a college and career fair and talk to experts. By 11th grade the student has the top three universities or colleges and may visit those campuses. The senior year the student will apply for admission and financial aid and scholarships. There are a number of articles on Education.com on college readiness.

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Ninth grade is an excellent time to explore interests. For example, if the student is interested in animals, search and read about careers working with animals. In addition, what education is required for those careers, what courses offered in high school that prepare for that field. Attend a college and career fair and talk to experts. By 11th grade the student has the top three universities or colleges and may visit those campuses. The senior year the student will apply for admission and financial aid and scholarships. There are a number of articles on Education.com on college readiness.

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