Take this quick poll before reading the blog post. “Do You Share What You Do For A Living With Your Children”?
I am not sure how you answered the poll, however let’s talk about why there is value in sharing what you do with your children.
Developing a career path is a life long process, it usually starts in childhood and continues along with different choices, opportunities, on-going learning and achieving more and more experience. Most people decided on their careers when they were children. Parental engagement and involvement were key factors in influencing the child on pursuing their dream career, values and work ethic. Having positive and encouraging conversations with your children about your own career decisions is very valuable to them.
Talk with your children about your career story:
Start with your first job.
How you prepared or not prepared in high school and/or college with your career choices.
Talk about your networking connections, clubs, courses etc.
Discuss about the people who shaped you during your career; such as bosses, co-workers, mentors, coaches and etc.
Tell about your good choices and bad choices that influenced your career.
Discuss “What you would do differently”.
The amount of time you spend sharing and encouraging your children will open up their minds to think about what type of career they want and start working towards a plan of action to achieve it. It is important for children to discover their own strengths and interests. Have them try out as many different kinds of tasks and jobs to see what they like and don’t like. This will help them make a better decision on what career path to pursue.
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