Preparing Your Children for Work

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As our teenage children start to reach adulthood, they will begin to consider getting a job or consider their options for the future. 

Your son or daughter may have already discovered what it is that they want to do. This might include a pathway mapped out all the way through college to their first interview. Don’t worry if you have a teenager that doesn’t have a clue about their future. There is a lot of pressure on young people to know what they want to spend the rest of their lives doing. However, most of us have changed careers multiple times.

The important lessons for them to learn right now is how to be dedicated, reliable, and hard-working. 

Stir their passions

You can encourage your child, but you shouldn’t put too much pressure on them to get a job or to choose a direction in life. This is counterproductive and can often lead children in the opposite direction. Instead, discuss their passions with them. A career in a field they enjoy or love will be more exciting than one they chose due to financial reasons. 

Bring out their entrepreneurship

Perhaps your child is creative and can turn old clothes like dads t-shirts into really cool, funky pieces of fashion.

Talk to them about considering starting a little business over the holidays. Making a few key pieces out of repurposed clothing and then putting them online or selling them to friends. Taking them through the process of design, financial planning, budgeting, and production. Inspire them with praise, and children often don’t feel they are good enough and mask this by pretending they aren’t that interested. 

Encourage their studies

If your son or daughter is a passionate academic, make sure you give them the space to apply themselves to their studies.

They will find their pathway if they haven’t yet. You could ask them questions about the subjects they are most passionate about then research with them what careers involve those passions.

Once you have that, you could work backward and look at jobs they could do now, which would be a good stepping stone onto that path. If your daughter wants to be a brain surgeon, spending some time working at a local care home would give her valuable insight into the care and dedication needed when working with patients. 

Encourage them to do what they love

If your children have no idea what they want to do with their lives, then encourage them to get a job in a sector they like.

If they are sporty, perhaps a Saturday job in a sports shop. If they enjoy being social with their friends, working in a restaurant or bar could give them a buzz. While they are having fun, they will be learning valuable lessons about responsibility and money management. 

Your role is to guide your children without pushing them, even if you genuinely believe they need a shove in the right direction. Young minds have to discover their own way in life and forcing them into a career could put them off work for good.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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