Steered Career: Helping Your Children To Land In The Right Place

Steered Career: Helping Your children To Land In The Right Place

Giving someone the tools they need to achieve their dream job is a very powerful gift. This isn’t something you can do for everyone in your life, as most people will already have a role, and are likely to be reluctant to give it up. Your children, though, are ideal candidates for your career-boosting skills. To give you a helping hand, this post will be going through the different stages in your child’s life, exploring the best approaches to take for each of them. With all of this in mind, it should be nice and easy to avoid putting your child through the process of deciding all of this once they’ve left education and need a new job.

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At Their Youngest

While it may not seem like the best time to influence their career, you can start this process when your child is still very young. Most children will make their interests very obvious when they are young, with the types of toys they want, the TV they find the most entertaining, and their favourite characters all having unique attributes which can be tied to different careers. For example, if you have a toddler who loves nature documentaries and spends a lot of time looking outside, you may have found someone who would excel in a job which involves working in the wild.

Along with ensuring that you’re keeping an eye out for their future field, it can also be a good idea to start their education a little bit early, handling some learning from home in the weeks leading up to their first day at school can be a great way to make sure that they have a head start. Maths can be invaluable when they are getting started at school. Of course, though, some children won’t pick things up as quickly as others, and you may simply have to be patient when it comes to getting them started. Every child will benefit from help in this area throughout their childhood, especially in the competitive world they have to live in.

Growing Up

As they your children get a bit older, their passions will start to become a little clearer. During this period, they will be very happy to play as much as they are allowed to, and this can give you a window into what they want from their life in the future. The toys you give them will be fundamental in this process. Options like LEGO are the best, as they push your child to be creative, enabling them to build their playtime around their own interests. There are loads of different toys which can offer similar results, and this makes it worth being creative to find ones which will inspire your child.

There won’t be too much pressure on a child during this part of their life. They will have a couple of exams towards the end, but none of this will mean very much, as they are still too young to have their abilities judged. This doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be going to a good school, though. As their parent, you have the chance to improve your child’s education by a huge margin, and this can often be achieved with a little bit of research. Of course, putting time into helping them with homework and subjects which they find hard is also a good idea, but too few parents will do it consistently.

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As A Teen

At this point in a young person’s life, it will feel as though they aren’t ever going to stop growing, especially when it comes to their mind. Having recently reached secondary school, they will be learning about a lot more than they used to, and it won’t be long until they are given some choices. It’s critical that the right decision is made at this point. Thankfully, this period in their life will make their ambitions much clearer, as they will be able to express their passions without having to worry about sounding like they don’t understand.

Once they are given their first wave of subject choices, it will be time to sit down and have a serious discussion with them. Throughout their life, you’ve built a good understanding of what makes them tick, and this can be used to present some options to them. For example, if they are very enthusiastic about sports, offering options like being a personal trainer or team coach can be an excellent way to inspire them. They may have to choose a course or two towards the end of this, making it essential that loads of research is done to make sure that you know what it takes to get into their chosen field.

Education can be tough as your kids get towards the end of it. University is designed to put them through their paces, showing that they know their stuff before they even go to work. Along with this, though, they should be looking for even more pressure, using things like work experience to boost their CV. If you’ve managed to keep on top of their schoolwork with them as a youngster, they will be far more likely to succeed in their later education. Of course, though, as time goes on, they will have to become more independent in this area.

Becoming An Adult

Leaving school and entering the adult world can often be a bit of a culture shock. While they will have had to work hard at university, the pressure will have been inconsistent, becoming more and less intense as time goes on. Everyone has to go through this process, though, and they will have to simply suck it up if they are going to go anywhere. Getting a job will be their priority, even if it is something entry-level which isn’t related to their course, as it is important to avoid letting yourself become stagnant once you’ve come out of school. A lot of people make the mistake of staying unemployed for a long time at this stage.

Once they have a role which can earn some money, you can start to help them to look for a career which will provide them with the satisfaction they’re looking for. This should be handled nice and swiftly, as it will get harder and harder to find something within their field if they don’t have a recent qualification in it. It’s alright to help them during this process, but you have to be careful not be too pushy. People will want to handle big life changes like this in their own time, even when they don’t have much of this precious resource to spend on it.

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Going Into The Future

Having gotten into the job which you’ve been pushing them towards for their whole life, all of this effort’s value will be down to this point in their career. This can go either one of two ways, with the first being that they like the role they’ve found. If this is the case, your work is pretty much done, and you can sit back and relax knowing that your child is going to be safe. Ensuring that this is actually happening, though, can be very a little tough, as not everyone will like the role they’ve been thinking about, even if they’ve had ages to make up their mind.

If they don’t like the role they’ve gotten themselves into, it will be time for them to go back to the drawing board. Thankfully, modern education systems make it nice and easy to reset your progress like this, with loads of online courses being offered for those who have to work while they are learning. Doing something like this will often be harder than traditional learning, but your kids will have had a lot of experience when it comes to disciplining themselves. It’s important to work in a job which you feel passionate about, even if it takes a while to get there.

Helping your child like this is one of the best gifts you can ever give to them. Most parents won’t put this sort of effort into supporting their child, instead of letting them do the job for themselves. While this can often be effective, it can also go very wrong, leaving people with no idea where they would like to go in life. Of course, some people will figure this out later than others, and you may have a very easy journey if your child decides to take on a role when they are young and manage to achieve it as they get older.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling inspired to start putting time into helping your kids to find their futures. Landing in the right place can be hard in the modern world, especially as more people are pushed towards jobs which they don’t like. Overcoming this should be a simple matter of following the right steps, though, and this means that you have the power to help your child far beyond their homework.

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