Life is like mathematics, to work out your life, you need formulas that suit your uniqueness. The same is true of a career. A well planned career is instrumental in a happy and satisfied life. Parents, having gone through this process can help their children from making mistakes in selecting a career. Parents need to be facilitators and not influence their choices. On one hand a parents’ experience can help in the career selection process, on the other hand sometimes it might hinder it. Although, parents have gone through this process, however the times have changed and their children have a very different environment to deal with and sometimes their choices don’t match with today’s reality.
The Changing Role of Parents in Career Selection
The parent of today is more than just an authority figure. They are a friend, philosopher, and guide. With a more dynamic educational environment wherein, the children are taught to be independent and to take decisions on their own, the parent’s role diminishes. Involved parents know their children the best and along with vital information about new career paths and career choices they can facilitate the process of career selection for them.
Important Factors to Be Considered By Parents
There are a few factors that are of immense importance in the career selection process. It is very essential for the parents to understand and consider these factors while selecting the career option. Following are the most important factors:
- Aptitude: The child’s aptitude is a mirror of his personality, strengths and weaknesses. Hence, a strategically designed aptitude test can reveal a lot of information regarding the student that can help in taking a well-informed career selection.
- Interest: It is very difficult to spend your life working in a field that you are not interested in. Hence, the parent should look into the interests of their child and consider it while shortlisting career options.
- Availability of the Course: The courses leading towards a desired career should be available easily in the proximity and should not burden the student.
- Informed Decision over Herd Mentality: It is very easy for a child to get swayed by peer pressure into choosing a career that the majority is opting rather than the one which is best for him/her. Sometimes, even the parents get attracted towards a career choice that is trending and this ends up hampering the students’ performance. Hence, a parent needs to be informed about all the career choices and chose the ones that are best for their child.
- Scope: Career scope tells us about various fields and professions that are accessible after pursuing a particular course. The larger the scope, the better are the chances of finding the role that suits the child most.
- Remuneration: Even if not the most important, remuneration of a career holds importance in one’s life. Nobody likes to earn peanuts. The remuneration should match with the child’s aspirations and should enable a satisfied and comfortable life.
Some Dos and Don’ts for Parents
- Evaluate your child’s aptitude, strengths and weaknesses.
- Help your child in discovering his/her own passion.
- Motivate your Child in pursuing his/her passion.
- Inform your Child regarding all aspects of the career.
- Help the Child understand the work life in the chosen career by associating with professionals in the field.
- Stop your Child from falling prey to peer-pressure and herd mentality.
- Gain your Child’s confidence and motivate them to discuss their queries with you.
- Seek professional help whenever required.
- Do not dictate a Child’s decision rather guide them towards taking an informed decision.
- Do not burden the child with unreal expectations.
- Don’t be impatient when dealing with children.
- Career scope changes with time; do not try to impose the ideas or views that existed during your days.
- Do not misguide the child into choosing a career of your choice
- Do not answer a child’s query if you are not sure about it. It’s ok to take time, research or seek professional help.
- Do not allow other people (friends, extended family, or relatives) to influence your child in the career selection process.
Parent’s Guide to Effectively Deal with Career Selection
Career selection is a taxing phase of life, not only for the student but also for the parent. The stress among children multiplies when they feel the void of guidance. Children feel the need to express and at times parents can’t understand this need, this increases the gap between a parent and the child. Listening with patience is a key to solving this issue. Provide your children with an atmosphere that motivates them to express better. The child maybe wrong but as a parent, it’s your responsibility to reason with them rather than getting angry. Children are impulsive by nature. Keep a track of your child’s changing interests and recommend career options that match their interests. Demotivation might have a negative impact on the child’s mental health and hence rather than rejecting all the ideas of the child, you can work together in gathering information regarding the career choice and then help the child in deciding whether it is suitable or not.
How can iDC help the Parents in helping the Child select the best career options?
- iDC has pioneered a psychometric test which is specifically designed for Indian students. This test helps the parents in understanding the child’s aptitude.
- A scientific analysis of the psychometric assessment helps the parents in guiding the students towards the career choices best suitable for them.
- Parent’s expectations can sometimes make it difficult to clearly understand the child’s aspirations. iDC puts forward a neutral perspective in the career selection process of the child’s.
- iDC provides well-researched information regarding various career options so that the parents can be informed while guiding the children.
If you are a parent & looking for career guidance for your child, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 9555990000.
Our founder & CEO Mr. Ayush Bansal has written an open letter to Indian Parents, do read it here
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