UNLOCKING YOUR CHILD'S POSSIBILITIES.
I am sure you have facilitated or have been part of one of the age-old conversations between parent and child.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
The Career Talk.
Father: Son, what are you going to do with your life?
Son: I don’t know.
This is such a loaded question for the majority of us. This is one of the hardest questions we will ever face. We spend 50% of our lives at work and it makes sense to do something that we not only enjoy but are best suited to doing. Many people change careers at some point and even earlier than that, go to college with absolutely no idea what they want to do or ultimately what is involved in their choices.
Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” (Katherine Whitehorn)
The issue becomes
What can I do?
What do I want to do?
What would I excel at?
What is out there for me to do?
Right now in the US, I have noticed that this is the order of events.
Go to high school, pick subjects that you enjoy or what are easy points to get an overall GPA. You then choose a college and have little or no idea of what the end goal / career is. The college is chosen first, mainly due to family history and then a degree that might fit. Within weeks of starting college, majors and minors are changed because it is not what it first seemed. Costing thousands of dollars in new books, tuition fees and lost time.
When graduated, careers are then sought out. Quite often the new graduate does not have the right qualification or realistic expectations and still does not know what they can do.
A job is taken as not to be unemployed and the job jumping until an enjoyable career begins.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” (Abraham Lincoln)
Would it make sense to have an idea of what you could do, research it earlier and then make your choices. Imagine knowing what type of environment your child would excel in. What type of job they would enjoy and what possibilities are available to them.
With this knowledge, more informed decisions are made, the right college and courses are chosen and your child is on the right path to a career that would be best suited to them.
Something to think about – Just because I like to eat food, may not necessarily mean that I would make a good chef. Am I a creative person? Do I like to work under pressure? Do I like to work in a team? Do I like to work long hours? Do I like to work in hot environments?
There is a lot more to choosing a career.
CashCrunch careers considers the inherent skills (creative or analytical, lead or to be lead and so on), along with the best fit environment to work in and much more, and then checked off against the requirements and specifications of the job and career. This gives the child a more focused pathway and therefore more likely to be career ready and be able to follow the best fit pathway to achieving that dream career.