Friday 17 February 2023

Helping Your Child Choose a Career Path

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AD: As a parent, one of your key responsibilities is to guide and support your child in making important decisions about their future. One of the most significant of these decisions is choosing a career path because this can determine the career they end up with, college or university choices, and of course their future happiness too. Choosing a career path is a daunting decision for anyone and the reality is nobody can know with certainty that the path we choose is right, but our job as parents isn't to enforce our ideal or push our children into something, it's to simply support, advise, help them see all different angles of their choices and then let them make the final choice.

With that in mind, here are some tips for helping your child choose a career path that is right for them.

Encourage exploration

The first step in helping your child choose the career path for them is to encourage them to explore their interests and passions. Get them to think about the things they truly love doing, and enable them to try out new activities, courses, and classes, so they can develop lots of interests and work out what kinds of things they like doing and which tasks they would rather avoid.

Big up their skills and strengths

Once your child has explored their interests and passions, help them understand their skills and strengths. Encourage them to reflect on their experiences and identify the skills and strengths that they have developed, and praise them for the skills they have if you want to help them understand what they are capable of. 

Check out the many careers available

Once your child has a better understanding of their interests, passions, skills, and strengths, it's time to explore different career options. Use online resources, job shadowing, and informational interviews to expose your child to different career paths. Many kids know about jobs like nursing and teaching, but they might not know that you can undergo GDPR training or learn to analyse data so that you can work in the cybersecurity industry. You need to teach them about all of their options so they can make an informed decision.

Teach them about the job market

The job market is constantly changing, and your child needs to understand that what is popular now may be nothing more than a trend that is irrelevant in the future. Help your child research the job market and identify which industries are growing and which are in decline. The last thing they want is to train in an industry that will soon be obsolete due to AI and improved technologies!

Take educational attainment into account

Most career paths require some form of education or training. So, you must help your kid understand the qualifications needed for any job roles they might want to explore. Once they know what is required, they can narrow down their options based on their skill set ns attainment levels, and work harder to achieve their goals to get the gig they want.

Encourage them to try things out

One of the best ways for your child to get a feel for a particular job role is to gain hands-on experience through internships and work experience. Encourage your child to seek out opportunities to work in their chosen industry, even if it's just a part-time job or work experience. This will give them a better understanding of what it's like to work in that particular field and help them make an informed decision about their career path.

Helping your child choose a career path is an important responsibility, but it can also be a rewarding experience for both you and your child, and the above tips, will help you to get it right. Good luck!


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