Is your child at the crossroads of choosing a career? And do you want to help them out to choose the perfect one? Well, when it comes to choosing a career, there is many things that you should take into consideration before making the final decision.
Read below to find out some of the dos and don’ts for parents!
Do: Learn their interests
You need to first and foremost learn what the interests of your child is. You need to know what makes them happy and keeps them interested. If they are just high schoolers trying to choose the correct path for college, make sure that you tell them to take a few weeks to first study all the options open to them. And then write down each and every pro and con that they can think of for the colleges that they picked out and then you can also help in choosing the career path that they feel is the perfect one for them!
Don’t: Force your dream career down their throats
One of the worst things that parents do is to force down their dream careers and goals down the throats of their children. You need to make sure that you don’t force them to do anything. Just because you dreamt of being an engineer, don’t ever expect that your child becomes the engineer you never became. You can always suggest it to the kids that you had a dream career, but unless they are passionate about it don’t force them. Even if your kid is planning on becoming the chef or the best caterers in Singapore in town, you need to always support them!
Do: take them to a career counselor
The perfect person to talk to when it comes to choosing a career is a career counsellor. If you are able to take your kids to meet a career counselor, he or she will be able to help make a firm decision. Because career counselors have the experience and the ability to help your kid truly identify their passion and even give them suggestions about which career to choose. In recent times, career counselling or guidance programs are held specifically for the high school kids to avoid kids jumping from one field to another. And especially if they like a field like cooking to become a chef in boat quay restaurants, the counselor will be able to identify their likes and help them make a decision!
Don’t: Make the decision for them
One of the biggest problems with parents in the modern days is that they make the decisions for the kids because they feel they know what is better for them. But when it comes to a career it shouldn’t only be the ‘right career that has many earning opportunities!’ but it should also be one that your child loves! Although you may be able to guess what they would like, don’t make the decision for them. The final decision should always be solely of the child’s!