CASE IN POINT
Obviously, no parent wants this to happen to their child. Studies have also shown that parents are the single greatest influence on a student’s career selection. It is important for parents to give students support and encouragement to first understand their skills, strengths & abilities, then explore the many options available to find the best career fit for them.
Not knowing who we were created to be, trying to be who we are not or even just desiring to be someone else can only lead to a life of misery, frustration and un-fulfillment. One of the worst things that can happen to young people is to get them to compare themselves with others, judge themselves as deficient, and then seek to be someone they were not created to be. Each child has unique gifts and talents that need to be identified, nurtured, developed and provided with opportunities to be fully utilized.
DYC offers parent talks that guide them on how to have career discussions, the do’s and don’ts of career talks and effective ways of communicating with their teens about the future. While many students admit that the advice from their parents is influential in their career decision making, many parents express lack of confidence in giving their children information and advice about education and employment. It is therefore incumbent upon us as career service providers to offer parents fundamental skills that would enable them to be more effective in their role. Through a variety of workshops and forums, we prepare parents to have meaningful career discussions with their teens and help them identify areas of gifting in their minors.
The workshops cover various phases of career development from observation to concrete planning. Below are some of the topics that we cover. Presentations can be customized to the audience so that they are age appropriate.
Sample topics include but are not limited to:
i. How to identify and explore your child’s interests, talents and abilities; ages 7-10.
ii. Teaching your child to dream
iii. The do’s and don’ts in career selection; when you must be an observer and when to be a participant
iv. Awakening and identifying your teens interests
v. Letting your child identify his/her interests through taking a Psychometric test
vi. Developing positive work ethics and taking responsibility for their decisions
vii. Factors that influence career choices
viii. Encouraging your learner to maintain a student portfolio as evidence of his/her childhood interests and abilities.
ix. Inculcating positive values in learners
x. Other topics as appropriate
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