How to help your children choose a career

As a mother of two grown-up children, I know how important it is for young people to have aspirations and start to become more aware of what opportunities are available in the big wide world.

Careers - articleBut it seems harder and tougher for young people today to get started on the right path to their career.

My daughter identified her career choice when she was in year 9 which made it easier to choose the subjects for her GCSEs.

My son didn’t know what he wanted to do and lacked in drive and motivation with his studies.  After finishing in sixth form he announced he was going to university to be a solicitor. But he found out quite early on that it wasn’t for him because he never followed his passion. His passion at school was science.

Did you know what you wanted to do as a career?

I remember as a teenager considering a number of different career options but sometimes these were influenced by my parents as they had their own expectations.

This has made me realise that as our children move towards the adult world it’s important we get them to start to make their own decisions and choices, helping them to become more independent.

To help your children get a good start to their career, try to help them stay motivated with their studies, persevering even when things get tough.

My top five tips to help your children’s career choices:

  • Help them to identify the subjects at school they are passionate about.
  • What hobbies and interests do they have that could relate to a career?
  • Encourage them to try new things as this takes them out of their comfort zone and helps to build up confidence. Learning something new or achieving something will also build up confidence.  Don’t forget to give them praise.
  • Talk to them about all the different types of jobs available – there’s more choice than many people realise.
  • Make sure they know you believe in them and help them to believe in themselves.

Before you know it, you’ll be feeling really proud they’ve achieved good results in their exams and are ready to move on to the next exciting step on their journey towards their career.

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Sandra Greatorex

About Sandra Greatorex

I’m a specialist in Career Transformation Coaching/Mentoring. For some years now I have provided support/coaching/mentoring to help people get a job when they have been made redundant. For some this was an opportunity to change direction in their career and coaching helped them to identify what this would be. My expertise is helping women aged 40+ to have job satisfaction, feel happier and motivated in the work they do which will also make them happier, more content in their personal life too. I’ve recently published a book Your Choice, Your Future to help young people on their journey to identifying their career path. For more information, here’s my my website.