Every person learns differently. Research has determined that visual, reading/writing, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles exist. But what exactly do they mean?
The way an individual processes information and is able to implement or practice it in real life is determined by their learning style. Visual learners prefer looking at information in front of them, such as through graphics and charts, reading/writing learners prefer to write notes and learn best through written assignments, auditory prefer listening to information rather than writing it down, and kinesthetic learners prefer hands-on work that engages all of their senses. Of course, any person can have a mix of learning styles too.
Understanding your teen’s learning style may be helpful in determining what kind of job and future career they would be successful in. Here are some ideas as to what careers suit particular learning styles.
Just over 60% of people are visual learners. Visual learners tend to learn best by reading rather than listening. They prefer seeing information in front of them so they can analyze and implement it themselves. Visual learners would likely enjoy careers that involve seeing aspects of their job right in front of them. Here are some ideas.
Interior Designer: Interior design involves creating visually and aesthetically pleasing set-ups for homes and commercial buildings. A visual learner would excel as an interior designer if they have an eye for decor and design. Through 2025, the remodeling industry is expected to continue to grow 2% annually. This means that interior designers will continue to be in demand by individuals, families, business owners, and organizations who are looking to remodel and redesign their homes and buildings.
Mechanic: A mechanic must be educated on how cars are designed as well as how they operate. A visual learner would excel as a mechanic because the job involves identifying problems by using their eyes and through visualizing the breakdown of a car without even actually seeing it up-close. This means that mechanics must have a good memory and an ability to visualize internally. This career path is ideal for visual learners who would like to begin their career right out of high school after training and perhaps an apprenticeship with a professional auto body mechanic.
Reading/writing learners have a knack for writing. They can read information, analyze it, and communicate it clearly via the written word. What careers would suit reading/writing learners?
Writer: This career path may seem obvious for reading/writing learners, but it’s also a job they would excel in. Writers can work in a variety of fields, such as journalism, marketing, and technical writing, depending on an individual’s preference.
Scientist: Reading/writing learners would also make excellent scientists. Scientists focus on research, which involves both reading, writing, and analysis, as well as conducting experiments. Scientists must be able to communicate their research and experiments clearly so others in the field are able to utilize and implement their findings appropriately.
Auditory learners typically have excellent social and communication skills, which makes job exploration a bit easier. Individuals who fall under this learning style will likely succeed in careers that are communication-based, which often involves directly working with people. What kinds of careers could auditory learners pursue?
Lawyer: Auditory learners would make great lawyers. While a law career involves much reading and writing, it also requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work with clients, other lawyers, and judges. Since 39% of U.S. marriages are ending in divorce, becoming a lawyer is definitely a lucrative position that allows for career growth and success. Plus, lawyers can work for nonprofit organizations and provide resources and help to people in need of professional services.
Teacher: A teaching career also involves a ton of communication. From creating lesson plans to implementing them, to answering students’ questions and explaining concepts, to communicating with other teachers and administration, teachers are communicating with people all day long while on the job. The best teachers are able to differentiate and accommodate their teaching styles to their students’ needs, which requires communication and an ability to speak with a variety of students and people for success.
Kinesthetic learners take in information best by physically taking part in the process. A very small percentage of individuals fall under this learning style. Kinesthetic learners would thrive in a career that allows for hands-on work. What jobs can a kinesthetic learner look for?
Physical Therapist: Physical therapists are typically on their feet all day. They work with individuals with physical impairments, assist the senior population in maintaining proper physical movement, and help individuals recover from injuries. A kinesthetic learner would thrive in this career because they would be able to physically work with people every day.
Welder: Welders use their hands all day, too. Hands-on safety training, which includes the proper use of PPE like 3M masks with welder hoods, is a major part of this job. A reputable metal fabricator needs it in order to pass their documented quality control program. This career can begin shortly after high school after receiving the proper training and certification.
Try to narrow down your teen’s learning style. It may be a mix of two, or perhaps it’s pretty obvious. Discuss your teen’s career options and what kinds of careers they could excel in based on their learning style. They may be surprised by what they would be really good at!