No matter what age you are, it can be difficult to narrow down your career search and find exactly what you want to do with your life. With the lack of real life experience and knowledge towards many available career options, this becomes especially more difficult for our children.
We are responsible for helping shape them in every aspect of their lives, and helping them choose a career is no different.
Below are three ways you can help your children find the career of their dreams.
1. Set a good example – Whether you are showing them how to pursue a dream career by embarking on your own journey or making sure they have positive role models in their life, it is critical to show them that the act of finding and pursuing a dream career is a very attainable goal. They need to see all aspects of the process – the initial search, the decision of what path to follow, and overcoming any road blocks that may arise. Seeing it happen with their own eyes will reinforce the fact that they, too, can find their dream job.
2. Help them explore their options – You may have no idea what direction your child wants to go in career-wise, and more importantly, your child may not have any idea either! Helping them do adequate research can open them up to fields and options they may not have previously considered, such as getting an internship as a welding apprentice or looking into online radiology degree programs. No matter what area they want to work in or what schedule they need to work around, there are always options to follow their chosen path – they just need to be made aware of their options.
3. Be supportive – This step, while seemingly simple, can sometimes be a difficult one to implement. It sometimes become second nature to impose our own dreams and desires on our children, and that can cause us to put undue pressure on them. Just because we are lawyers or sales professionals doesn’t mean our children will necessarily follow in our footsteps, and that’s OK! Making sure we support our children no matter what they pursue is vital, and it is equally important that they know that they have our support.
Our children look up to us for guidance and advice in pretty much every facet of their lives, and helping them find their right career is no different. We can help shape them and find their calling simply by being there and helping them uncover questions. No matter what they decide to do with their lives, always make sure that they know they are loved and supported.
Guest Post by Lizzie Weakley. A freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.
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