How often do you have conversations with your children about their future careers? Depending on their age, it would make sense that the closer they get to high school, these conversations start to take off.
Yet, there is mounting research that shows that the sooner you start these conversations with children, the more engaged they become with their future which translates into more engagement in school. A parent's active involvement in their child's education and career planning often makes the difference in their child's long term success. When you talk to children about what they like, they usually listen (disclaimer: we make no promises).
Why interests? Interests have been shown to predict academic and career success over and above cognitive ability (Su, 2012). This means that even if someone doesn’t have the desired skill set for a certain task or job, their interest in it will lead them to persist and persevere to try to learn those skills.
As children get older, there are tools you can give them to get a clearer picture. But depending on their age and stage in their development, you can observe how they play and interact with others. There are many age-appropriate activities that can help you begin to see where their interests lie Leading the child to explore activities can help you to begin piecing together patterns of their interests as they get older and discover new ways to express them.
To help you start these conversations with your K-12 child(ren), we are developing a Career Development Playbook aimed at walking you through the research, interests exploration (based on the RIASEC), and conversation starters and tips. The goal is to provide you, the parent/guardian, the tools to facilitate open, productive and relationship-building conversations that increase self-awareness for you and your child. The ultimate goal is to get your child to start to think about how they fit into the world and help them find their purpose from a young age. This will lead to you working with them to align their interests to future, tangible careers.
But for now, let us help you get the conversation started.
Fill out the form and you will be the first to receive it when it becomes available. The playbook will include: