In the summer, when kids are still out playing and not studying, help them to think about what career they might like to pursue in college. Give them a discussion piece to read with an objective viewpoint about various careers. There are a number of books you can use as a guide. You should talk to your kids while they are reading so that you can get their take on various topics.
Let them know that you are supportive of their choices and would like them to make the best decision regarding their future. Encourage them to think through all the pros and cons of the various careers that they may be considering. If you do this while they are still young, they will be more willing to consider the pros and cons later. You should help them make a list of questions that they should ask themselves about different careers. Then, have them think about the possible answers for those questions.
It is also a good idea to help them draw up a list of questions concerning each of the career choices that they have made. Ask them to answer the questions based on their own likes and dislikes. You should also encourage them to pick careers that they really enjoy. Doing so will make them more willing to put in the necessary hours to work hard at it. When they feel good about themselves, they will be less likely to give up. They will be eager to learn and pursue new information.
You can also help your children in other ways. You can plan activities to help them learn more about certain subjects. This can be done by getting them involved with clubs or by setting up field trips. You can talk to your child’s teachers about participating in after school clubs or excursions.
There are various career options available. Some of these options may be costly. Your child may have financial difficulties at present or within the next few years. A good thing to do is talk to the school counselor about any financial assistance that is available. You can also ask your child’s teacher about scholarship opportunities. There may be programs that your child may qualify for that you may not know about.
The biggest decision you will have to make when helping kids decide on a career is how much time and effort you are willing to put into this process. As a parent you are the most important influence on your child. Don’t underestimate your power to influence them. Take some time to explore your options, don’t wait until they hit the age where they need to make a decision to get involved.