Choosing an educational and professional path is a task that awaits every young person . More and more teenagers want to consciously choose their own educational path, taking into account their personality predispositions and interests.
Today, the labor market requires young people to be increasingly flexible and able to enter new professional roles.
I support young people on a daily basis in identifying their educational and professional needs. The task of the educational and vocational consultant is to diagnose the potential and gather thoughts on a potential choice. It is the parent’s job to understand and strengthen the child’s independent decision.
Here are some tips to guide your child through the career planning process.
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1. Encourage your child to get to know himself.
Take time to talk to your child about his future.
Examples of questions you can ask:
- What items are you interested in?
- What makes such items interesting?
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
- How would you like your life to be like?
- If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
- What are your dreams?
Tell about your dreams and plans. Suggest that you complete the aptitude and interests questionnaires together.
2. Get information about professions and the job market.
Explore a variety of resources (job list, career guides). Stay up to date with the press and foreign blogs that are the first to write about trends in the labor market.
3. Encourage your child to learn about different professions.
Teenagers are easily influenced by their peers. They can decide to choose a class profile or field of study based on their colleagues’ preferences.
Organize your child to talk to someone working in an interesting profession and encourage them to volunteer in the industry.
Tell your child your story. Share your choice of school and how you found your first job.
4. Choose major subjects and extracurricular activities.
If your child is ready, choose which subjects he or she will take in the exam (primary or high school).
I will also focus on the selection of extracurricular activities which, on the one hand, will improve technical competences, but on the other hand, will also influence the development of soft skills (e.g. communication, problem solving and teamwork).
Don’t do this:
Don’t impose your ideas and don’t discourage your child. Instead, read the rationale behind his professional decision and help him find out if it is the right choice.
Don’t make unrealistic demands on your child. High expectations can lead to your child developing anxiety disorders, mood disorders and sleep disorders.
Supporting teenagers in choosing a career is not an easy process. Young people want to make decisions based on many factors.