Picking a career is a very important decision in life. From the time when they were young, they’ve all had dreams of becoming medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, etc. Now that they are older, they’ve realized that the dreams they had while growing up have all changed. Some people have found themselves in very comfortable careers, while others are working where they don’t like the work they do. The point is, we all want a better career path for our children. Therefore in choosing a career, ensure that your children avoid these mistakes:
Overlook their Identity
When they were kids, their interest fueled their passion and goal. The same thing should not be overlooked now that they are adults – even if their interests have changed. In Nigeria, we parents are fond of forcing a career path on our kids, without asking them what their interests are.
Their character type, interests, values, and inclinations make them better for certain occupations than others. These attributes are inborn, and that implies they can’t transform them. Not considering their identity while choosing a career can lead to job dissatisfaction.
Fail to Carry Out Research
Try not to pick a career without proper research on it. Also make sure you gather information about the career requirements, educational requirements, and earnings.
Fail to seek advice from Experts in the field
In every career path, there are always people who are well-versed and experienced in the field. Let your kids contact them, take them to seminars, conferences, and workshops, and partake in activities that are attached to their career choice.
Emulate Someone Else’s Example
Do not let them choose careers based on others’ decisions. What others actually do may not work for them. In time they will see that they feel happy and satisfied in a career that best suits them.
Go for the Money
Having a paycheck at the end of the day is very important. But as hard as it is to believe, the size of the paycheck isn’t really a massive indicator of job satisfaction. All in all, they can make a lot of money, but if they do not enjoy what you are doing, they will realize that it is going to be hard to enjoy what you have worked for. So, when selecting a career, search for harmony between bringing in sufficient cash to help yourself and a job that best satisfies you.
Yes, planning for a career is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time and hard work. So, help them make use of relevant information and be affirmative when making decisions, and then, everything will fall in place eventually.