What career paths are they interested in? What types of training or further education do they need to get there? First-hand intel is always great (because your high schooler would probably rather hear about getting a job from someone other than you). Do you know anyone working in their fields of interest who can talk to your high schooler about what’s involved in their work? Or who can let them tag along for a day? Consider the people in your community who might be able to make these introductions: your child’s pediatrician, the veterinarian, your car mechanic, electrician, or dentist, or the manager of a local restaurant—just to name a few. Your teen should explore any opportunities they can find to build skills in any trades they’re interested in, take on internships, or do extracurriculars related to their passions.