There are many different styles of learning that have been established by educators. One style of learning is called kinesthetic, or hands-on. If your teen learns with the help of physical objects, enjoys working on school projects, and prefers hands-on rather than computer-based school activities, perhaps your teen would enjoy a job that keeps them on their feet and using their hands. Here are five career paths your hands-on learner should consider pursuing after high school graduation.
1. Construction Management
The construction business is a steady career that will always be around. Your teen can enter the construction business after obtaining a two or four-year degree in the field, passing the required licensing exams in your state, and plenty of hands-on training. After a few years on the job, your teen could work their way up and become a construction manager, also often called a general contractor or a project manager. The project manager oversees all phases of the construction project and makes sure the project runs on-time and on-budget.
Project managers working in larger or more well-known companies can earn upwards of $100,000 a year. This title, however, comes with an abundance of knowledge of the field, the ability to work with clients, manage their workers, and provide hands-on support when necessary. While being a project manager is a higher position, the hands-on aspect is still essential in the construction business. Perhaps your teen seeks a career like this!
2. Physical Therapy
Is your teen interested in a hands-on job that requires knowledge of science? Perhaps your teen should consider a job as a physical therapist. Keep in mind that becoming a physical therapist requires approximately seven years of school: a four-year undergraduate degree along with three years in a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program. DPT programs are highly competitive to get into. Your teen must earn exceptional grades in their undergraduate courses. Of course, the result of getting into a DPT program is obtaining a graduate degree and earning between $80,000 and $120,000 a year on the job.
Physical therapists can work with people of various ages and abilities. A physical therapist can choose to work at a private practice, a nursing home, a hospital, a school, or even in a client’s home. They help people maintain mobility in their bodies and recover from injuries. This hands-on job would allow your teen to gain an understanding of how the human body works and moves as well as how to help and talk to people.
Many high schools offer preparatory programs to learn a trade. Whether your teen has done this or not, they can always apply to a trade school following high school graduation. Learning a trade is a great idea for those learning to work on their feet and with their hands. Becoming an electrician is one path. Following trade school, graduates complete an apprenticeship, where your teen would gain further hands-on training and experience. Passing certification exams is also part of the process of becoming an electrician. After this, fully trained electricians can work as a residential wireman or a journeyman electrician. Once the appropriate number of hours on the job has been completed, an electrician can earn the title of master.
Master electricians train almost as long as doctors. In the highly hazardous field of electrical work, there is no room for error. Throughout the process of becoming an electrician, master electricians trained through classroom work and hands-on experience for many years. Is this a career your teen would be interested in? Not only can you make a generous salary as you gain more experience and work your way up the ladder in the field, but there is plenty of job growth, too. This career would give your teen structure as well as an ability to utilize their hands and exercise their brain while learning and working.
Many high school preparatory programs also offer students an opportunity to earn their cosmetology license. If your teen didn’t think about this opportunity in high school, there are plenty of accredited cosmetology schools to apply to after high school. Once your teen is in, they would obtain hands-on training to learn anything and everything about hair, including how to cut and dye as well as products to utilize in a salon. Depending on if your teen went to school part or full time, it can take between two and five years to complete school and the necessary training to earn a cosmetology license and begin working.
It takes time to establish a client base and earn a steady income as a cosmetologist. However, there are many benefits to the job, such as working at a fun salon with other stylists, building a network of clients that you can get to know and see frequently, and going to workshops and retreats with other stylists to learn about new products and techniques. This job is definitely hands-on and requires some social skills in order to gain a good reputation and a consistent clientele.
Has your child always enjoyed cooking or baking? Perhaps they have a gift in the kitchen and enjoy cooking dinner for your family frequently. If this is the case, consider encouraging your teen to look into culinary school. If your teen puts in the work, they can surely get accepted to the school of their choice. With hands-on learning and training, your teen can enjoy a comfortable life of being a chef at a restaurant in the future. Five-star restaurant chefs can earn upwards of $100,00 a year.
If your teen owned their own restaurant down the road, they may also have to become accustomed to marketing their business online. 92.96% of global traffic comes from Google search, Google Images, and Google Maps. Therefore, advertising one’s restaurant online is essential to bringing in new customers and keeping the business on the map. Of course, these responsibilities can be delegated so your teen can focus on cooking and managing their kitchen.
There are plenty of hands-on jobs for your teen to choose from. Hands-on learners have the ability to learn visually and quickly with proper education and training. Consider discussing these options with your teen to pursue after high school. You may be surprised how excited your teen is to pick a career that suits their abilities and strengths.