AS A PARENT, ARE YOU CONCERNED 

WITH YOUR CHILD GETTING A GOOD JOB ?

 

Is it difficult to advise your own children regarding their careers and how to get a job?

While you love your children and want to see them happy and self-sufficient, they will typically:

  • Heavily discount your advice.

  • Know that things have really changed since you were job-hunting.

  • Feel unintentional pressure from you to surpass your own success.

  • Get tired of you relating everything back to your own experience with a

       “…here’s how I did it, so you should do the same…”.

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So what should you do, and not do, when it comes to helping your children with their careers?

  • Share that early career choices are all about discovering their interests, learning, and gaining experiences.

  • Share that they should try out as many different opportunities as possible

  • Encourage them to find out the answers to questions such as:

    • Whether they prefer working on their own, in small project teams, or in larger organizations.

    • Whether they enjoy competitive environments, in which there are stand-outs as well as lesser performers.

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​Can advise from a career coach provide an agnostic perspective that will lead to success?

  • To maintain your relation with your child, leverage a professional career coach to provide direction without an agenda.

  • A professional career coach helps your child think through the best methodical process to be successful.

  • Let your child make their own decisions with the right guidance from a career coach.

  • A career coach can help your child organize the complex and multifaceted process of a job search from the early outreach tracking to ongoing and persistent follow-ups.