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Every parent faces challenge in preparing children for a successful career, future financial security, and high quality of life. Parents have a major influence on their children's professional development and career decisions. According to studies, when students feel supported and appreciated by their parents, they have more confidence and ability to research careers and choose one that is interesting and stimulating.
Everyone possesses a distinct set of skills and aptitudes. Because each child is unique in their way, they may have different skills and abilities than their parents. With this in mind, following in the footsteps of either parent's career path may not be the best option.
All of us requires time to establish ourselves. Parents frequently say things like, "pick a course you think you'll like" or "why don't you apply for this job." Though it may appear that parents are doing the right thing by steering their children in the right direction, parents must also recognize that their child/children will require space and time to discover what they truly want to pursue.
How important is the role of the parent in the career guidance process?
Parents influence their children's level of education and training; their knowledge of work and different occupations; their beliefs and attitudes toward work; and their motivation to succeed. The majority of this is learned unconsciously – as children and teenagers mature, they soak up their parents' expectations and attitudes of them.
When children behave according to their parents' expectations, they usually end up with zero efficiency at jobs and other symptoms that harm both the organization's workplace environment and individuals' ability to function effectively. The following are some additional adverse effects:
1. Inefficient work: When children enter the field solely due to parental pressure, they end up doing nothing in the profession due to a complete lack of interest in that particular field.
2. Failure to achieve excellence: If a person does not function with his or her consent, he or she will fail to achieve success because success is attained through hard work, commitment and concentration.
3. Begins to feel unneeded pressure: When the mind is under stress, the quality of work suffers and there is no balanced and systematic work.
4. Work Delay: When there is a lack of interest, hard work, dedication, efficiency, and unnecessary stress, it is impossible to complete work on time, rendering it impossible to complete or submit after the deadline has passed.
5. The positive reputation deteriorates: When the output is not as desired by the company, the decent image you have built sinks to a deep lower level.
6. Lack of future security: If your work isn't up to par, why would a company want to keep you around for a long time? As a result of all of these factors, there is a lack of future security, which leads to a bleak future.
7. No skill enhancement: Skills are augmented through practice, and when practice is done with repetitive silly errors, the skill enhancement is not displayed. There are no chances of stepping up the career ladder if skills are not improved.
However, nowadays, parents are more than just a source of authority. They are a companion, a philosopher, and a guide. The parent's role enhances in a more dynamic educational environment in which children are taught to be independent and to make their own decisions. Parental involvements support their children best, and by providing critical information about the new career paths and life choices, they can help their children navigate the process of career decisions. As a result, as time passes, the role of parents in assisting their children in deciding which career to pursue and which career field is best for them becomes increasingly important.
You as a parent should become their Advisory Board-
Parents need to think of themselves as an “advisory board member” for their ward. So, what do great advisory board members do?
Listen observantly Offer “wise” counsel. Function as their resource Facilitate networking opportunities Provide unbiased perspectives and ideas . Encourage the development of a long-term growth framework Keep an eye on performance. Assist in establishing role clarity and directing effort and resources toward the achievement of the goal. Provide knowledge of contemporary trends and what to expect in the future.
Make sure your adolescent understands that they are creating the career strategy for themselves. They must own their program choices and recognize that it is not the plan of their parents. They also need to know that their parents will always have their back and be with them. Let them know as parents, you're ready to listen — what they have to say is important and should be heard.
Tips to help your child’s career decisions:
Education is the key - As parents encourage your children to obtain as much education as they can. Assist them in discovering their natural talents and skills - The aptitude of a child reflects his personality, strengths, and weaknesses. It is extremely difficult to spend one's entire life working in a field that does not interest one. As a result, parents should consider their child's interests when narrowing down career options.
Awareness about Availability of the Course - As a parent making sure that courses contributing to a career choice is easily accessible without becoming a liability to the student. Make yourself aware of career resources, as well as educational and training opportunities Enhance Decision-Making Capacity - As a parent, it is important to teach children how to make decisions from an early stage as this will help them later in their professional or career decision making process. Improve their understanding of the professional world - about the various fields and professions that are available after completing a specific course. Explain to them that gender equity and cultural diversity are important. Examine the effects of your work experience.
How do you know your child needs help? Look out for the danger signs in your child's approach:
Waiting until the last minute to make decisions. Unrealistic expectations. Promises to work miracles with study next term. Carrying too many higher-level subjects despite weak reports from teachers. Lax approach to homework. Interference from social activities or a weekend job that is funding their social life. Selecting a course because the career is well paid.
They are more likely to gain a good result in their degree if they enjoy and are interested in the class.
Remember parental advice is invaluable, but students leaving school must make their own appropriate career choices.
Three simple rules:
1. Be involved, but not in control. 2. Advise, but do not decide. 3. Support, but do not dominate.
The trick here is to educate children that life is about self-discovery and that new skills and talents are developed. How many of us are in careers we thought we would be in when we were 18? We can only make decisions based on what we know about ourselves at the time, take the pressure off of them by letting them know it's okay that they aren't sure what they want to do yet but the important thing is to be proactive in finding their way.
At Eduvew, we believe that each student can achieve his or her ambition in whatever course of action is chosen. It’s the role of parents to instill three core values to aid them in their careers - self-belief, resilience and discipline. With these three skills developed over time, our children can rise to the top of any profession they choose. Parents need to draw from their own experience with these three skills, teaching their children that it won’t be a straight path, there will be many bumps in the road and times of low motivation – but equipping them with the mindset to overcome them and move forward is the best gift a parent can give.
If you are seeking additional career advice and help, be sure to visit Eduvew website www.eduve.com or connect with us and we will be more than happy to assist you.