Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, some of my friends are feeling pressure from their parents to choose a career path they aren’t really interested in. What should they do?
A: This is a hard one for parents. With our age and experience, we often see things ahead that you and your friends perhaps don’t. And/or we want things to be better for you than we had it. It never hurts to try to talk it out, but ultimately it is your friend who will have to show up every day and do the job, so he should want to do it.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...