Mistakes to Avoid While Helping Your Child Choose a Career Path

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We all know how unconditional your love for your child is. Your sacrifices, whether they are monetary or your precious time for the well-being of your child, are insurmountable. However, despite good intentions, parents often commit mistakes that can hamper the child’s future.

Let’s go through a few mistakes that you might commit as a parent which can cause stress to you and your child:

  • Age Doesn’t Reflect Knowledge: Most parents have the notion that they know better than their child and their wisdom and experience is the ultimate guide to the child’s future. This may not be always true. Giving an ear to what the child has to say can often turn out to be eye-opening.
  • Oblivious to Current Happenings: A lot has changed in the past decade and that too at a very fast pace. There is an ever-increasing demand for new technology and skill knowledge. To make the right decision for your child, you must be aware of the current trends. Having preconceived and outdated information can ruin your child’s future. For e.g., if your child chooses to be an engineer, you must be aware of the new fields of study in the domain (like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics) to make informed career decisions.
  • Not Seeking Guidance: Let’s say your child dreams to be an engineer, what is the next step? Not Sure? Take guidance regarding the best colleges, the entrance exams your child needs to crack, the pattern of these tests, etc. A guided, informed decision will give you clarity on how to proceed and what necessary steps are to be taken. For e.g., most of these entrance tests are now conducted online. If your child still uses traditional study techniques, like practising with pen and paper, probably he/she won’t do good at these online tests.
  • Not Having a Meaningful Conversation: It has been scientifically proven that holding meaningful discussions and brainstorming sessions can help parents know their child’s likes and dislikes, thereby helping them make a more informed career decision.
  • Not Being There For The Child: It’s not about taking a decision and letting your child walk rest of the path alone. It’s about supporting your child at every step. There will be tough times; open communication is the key. Providing an environment of trust and being there for them throughout the journey will help them achieve the final goal.
  • Showing Frustrations: Work can be hectic. Your child’s poor academic performance often adds to the frustration. The trick is not to pressurize them, but to show positive aspects of each shortcoming. Hold the hand of your child to help him/her overcome weaknesses and lead the way.

Gone are the days when career options were limited. A wide scope of opportunities lies ahead. Give your child the freedom to choose. Let them fly!

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