Thinking about your children’s career may not be so urgent if the child is still in their elementary school, but it is always wise to prepare and teach them how to choose their career at an early stage. As kids being kids, they will not think twice about what they want. They would think anything is possible and achieve anything they want in their lives. This is the right time to expose as many areas as possible to them. When they are not burdened with anyone’s expectations, neither the society nor their own, they will be able to freely locate their interest.
You should not choose a career for them because they will eventually develop their interest and skills as they grow older, but what you can do as parents is that you can help them see the many possibilities and opportunities. While there are many things that you should think about during this growth period, career exploration is also a crucial part of development.
As a growing teenager, they will have multiple dreams and interests. Since this is the time they develop their personality, they will have many questions and confusion. As a parent, help them by answering their queries, clearing their confusion as best as you can. You can help by letting them think about all the available options and what really goes into choosing a career. Knowing the right way to go about can save your children from going in the wrong direction.
As children do not get enough exposure on their own, they are only aware of a few occupations they see in their everyday lives, like teachers, doctors, dentists, police officers, engineers, etc. And they know only what their parents and close ones do to make a living. Learning about different occupations will broaden their scope, choices, and increase the chance of ending up in a suitable career. When the times come for them to choose, they can look up at all the options that they have kept and make their choice, even look for related courses to pursue their career.
You can help your children by exploring different options and careers. Keep yourself aware and well-read. Read about all the other career options there is. Many new careers and jobs are rising every day because of development; it is important to keep yourself updated. When your child points out their interest and passion in any occupation, you can guide them and encourage them to research and learn more about it.
Get to know people who do different occupation than you. Make a conversation and talk to them about their job. Find out how they got to know about the job and what training and skills are needed. Since you may have no clue about this job, ask if they like the job and the benefits. It is always good to know about an occupation-based by asking people who work in that area. They will be able to tell more in detail and with better understanding.
When your child talks about their interest to you about a particular career and wanting to learn about it, use your network to find someone who works in the same area so that they can explain the details and help your child personally.
While asking people for help on an online platform, make sure to accompany your child while giving them advice. They can provide excellent advice, but sometimes it may not go as planned. People from social media are strangers, and it isn’t easy to trust your child in their hands thoroughly. Read all their correspondence and be near your child, whether it be meeting or over a phone call.
You can teach about choosing their occupation by helping them learn about themselves. Make the children sit and do a self-assessment test to discover their interests, personality type, values, etc. While doing that at such an early stage may not give an accurate result, and the child may not clearly understand the need for the test, they will be unconsciously thinking about all the options. They can also learn the many traits that they were not aware of. You can discuss some attributes that might have raised curiosity in them.
Your child may pick a wrong career, in your opinion, and you may be right, but they are bound to develop a different interest in different stages of their life, especially when they are at the early stage. You should not burden them with your opinion. Instead, guide them. If you are not well informed about the career, do some research together so that you may learn something, and your child too. Instead of stopping them from taking an interest in whatever they like, give them some freedom. Make them responsible for their choices and guide them without pointing it back to your choice of what they should do.
One way to help is to allow your children to go and watch someone work in the career they are interested in. it is a great way to help them understand the work culture and what they really do at the workplace.
As a parent, you can do so much for your children without putting much pressure on them. They need your guidance and support in every step they take. They will fail and fall but make them understand that failing is not the end but just a part of life. If you give the right guidance today, they will be better prepared for tomorrow.