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Parents’ influence on children’s career choices – Enabling Vs. Enforcing

Stay Connected   |  21-Mar-2017

By IC Desk @ Deeksha

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As parents, we form an important part of the child’s influence circle. And therefore we have an important role to play in his/her career choice as well. More often than not we are in a dilemma, to what extent should we influence their choice of career?  We want them to choose something which will enable them to be successful in life, also something that they choose with their consent and not really out of force be it from parents or out of peer pressure.  


So, what’s our role? How can we really help them?

Firstly, we could make a conscious effort, to not try and impose our goals onto children. Does this mean we should refrain from expressing our opinions? Absolutely not! As we encourage children to explore career options, we must also facilitate the process of decision-making by bringing in the relevant resource persons who can give them a realistic picture of a particular career option, and by gathering information from other sources. This would help them make an informed decision. We all know, when it comes to decision making, a discussion with facts on the table is always more productive than just an emotional conversation.

Enabling children to discover who they are and what they want to do is indeed a beautiful process. When children feel supported and loved by their parents, they have more confidence in their own ability to research careers and to choose a career that would be interesting and exciting. This is important because studies show that children, who feel competent regarding career decision-making, tend to make more satisfying career choices later in life. Showing respect for differences and independence would enormously be helpful to a child‘s career development. Through this process, we become their career partners and not just career influencers! 

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