Help your Teen in Career Choices

Not all kids are sure what they are going to do after school. So they need guidance and if your kid is not clear about what they are going to do next as a parent you have the responsibility to guide them. Start by talking to him or her casually and then ask your teenager to pen down his/her goals. After he has done so sit down together to discuss the best path to take. If he wants to go to college motivate and inspire him or her to do so.

Inculcate discipline in your kids

Suggest a plan or tell him/her to choose the study time and environment, and advise him to be flexible with his routine at times but tell him that he should be able to compensate the time wasted by working extra hours.

Ask him to alternate studies, with hobbies and socialization. Encourage him to discus his thoughts with his friends as this would help him improve interpersonal skills and public speaking.

Suggest ways for personal development

Encourage him to read materials or play games that improves logical thinking and memory. Give suggestions only when you find he is not right but don’t prevent him from making mistakes because he will learn from his own mistakes. And don’t punish or banter at him for his mistakes. Encourage him to work effectively towards his/her goals. Let him or her be responsible for his/her decisions but if he asks for suggestions give it and offer to help him when you feel he needs help.

Advise your kids to make friends with the ones who are doing well in studies or are hardworking. This helps your kid also to compete with them and do well. Making friends means he is exposed to more ideas. Find a mentor from your locality to act as a mentor for your teenager. The mentor could be a painter, musician, athlete, writer, teacher, grandparents, uncles or aunts.

Offer Alternatives

Not all teenagers are interested in studies so higher education may hold no appeal. If your teenager shows little interest in third level education, offer them alternatives:
Explore trades and apprenticeships.

Advise him to research careers that do not require college or university education.
Advise him to run the family business and return to university as a mature student, if s/he likes it.

Take your kid for field trips when you sense your teenager’s motivation level is down. Explore his/her stated career choices. Emphasize your child’s strengths and learning style. Public schools usually focus on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences only, but you can create a classroom at home that fosters kinesthetic, visual, or environmental skills if you so choose.

Help your teens strengthen skills

Often teens have a fairly well developed idea of what they enjoy doing and where their talents lie, but will be afraid to share this with others for fear of being criticised. Tell your kids that you are always ready to listen, and that you want them to be happy; no job or career is “beneath them” if they enjoy it and everyone has to start somewhere; hard work is the secret to success; and that you believe that they will be successful in whatever they want to do.

All good parents want their children to be happy. Work is an esential part of modern life.

Here are few websites offering different career choices:
www.princetonreview.com/cte
www.myfuture.com/toolbox/workinterest.html.
www.groovejob.com/resources/interview/tips
www.construction.com
www.nkba.org/student.