Most people will decide that they are more of a ‘science person’ or more ‘creative’. Of course, the arts includes languages, literature and history as well as drawing, painting, pottery, designing, cooking and much more.
A psychologist may tell you that we all have the capability to excel at whatever we choose to, but most of us have a preference for certain types of learning. So where are your child’s aptitudes?
Are they curious and love taking things apart to see how they tick, or fascinated by the animals and how they live?
Do they love to draw or create things with their hands?
As each child gets older most lean towards certain subjects. It doesn’t mean they’re not good at others, but there are some they do because it’s required and others they do because they love to.
As your child gets older and their favourite subjects emerge, encourage them to find out where that love of something might take them.
There’s a proverb:
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Helping your kids to explore careers or work that encompasses their favourite subjects will go some way towards helping them to achieve this ideal situation.
Some children may have an idea of what they want to do as a career, but most aren’t sure. Ensuring that they explore the possibilities is a way for them to consider a wide range of potential careers.
For most families, the search will start online. Asking the search engine questions related to the subject your child is interested in and including the word ‘career’ is a good start.
Do get your child to do their own research, but also be ready to support them, help if necessary and discuss what they’ve found out. Your life experience can help them to ask the right questions.
If they find something they’re really interested in, what’s next?
Get them to find out what organisations might offer careers in their chosen fields and suggest they write to the human resources manager, to find out more about the kind of work they would do if they got a position. Most organisations are happy to help young people explore potential careers. Some organisations may even offer work experience for youngsters at a certain age.
If you have a good network, you might know someone who does something similar who would be willing to have a chat with your teenager and help them to understand what this career offers.
During this process they’ll discover what the entry level requirements are and this will give them a focus for their studies.
Kids change their minds, but discovering how to research potential careers is a good skill to have.