It is common to find some adults asking children what they hope to become in future. Rather than simply asking a child what they hope to become in future, it will be purposeful to help them choose a career path based on identifiable passions and talents.
While a career path might not be an important step for children below the age of 10, parents play an important role in nurturing talents and dreams in their children.
At this stage, parents can nurture a child’s dream by engaging the child in activities that they are passionate about.
For instance, children who are enthusiastic about swimming or music could be signed up for such activities after school. Some children show such talents at an early age. Observe and pay attention to determine what they are most passionate about.
For older children, it is healthier to hold discussions on the career path, they desire to pursue in future. Not every child may know exactly what they desire to do with their lives. Therefore, this exercise requires patience and understanding on the part of parents.
According to expert opinion in an article in the New York Times, it is best to have conversations with teenagers about their strengths and interests, rather than specific careers.
The article suggests also that rather than asking a child, “What do you want to be?,” pose these questions: “What skills do you have? What kinds of people do you like to work with? what kind of environment?”
It is also highly recommended to speak to a career expert about what career part your child is best suited for.
This is a very important aspect of your child’s life. Be prepared to go the extra mile to help them build solid career paths.