Listen - Be open to their ideas - Help your child find information - Don't judge
Help your children identify their interests by asking them questions like these:
What activities are you excited about doing?
What are your favorite and least favorite courses?
Do you like working with people?
Do you like working with things?
Do you like working with information?
Do you like to spend your time inside or outside?
Broaden Your Child's Experince:
Talk to your child about what you do at your job, what you like, what is important for your job, what a typical day at work is like, etc. Describe jobs you have held and how school helped you in your career.
Talk With Your Child About a Career.
Point out examples of employees providing services and creating products in your community.
Make a game to see who can identify the most occupations when at the mall, in the car, or on a family outing.
Help children identify job skills in the chores they do around the house.
Help them explore the world of work through part-time, summer employment, or community volunteer work.
Help them explore their interests by job shadowing a person or family member in one or more occupations of interest.
Encourage participation in clubs or organizational groups that teach many leadership and social skills needed in today's world.
Broaden your child's interest in sports and hobbies to provide opportunities for teamwork.
Give Guidance, Not Commandments:
Allow your children to make their final career choices
Help children research the pros and cons of their career choices.
Allow children to change their minds.
Support your children’s decisions.