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1. Resist treating your child as an
extension of you
Your child is a unique individual. They are not you.
The things that might drive you absolutely crazy about
a certain job might be the things they absolutely love
doing. Resist the urge to tell your child to avoid a
certain path just because it’s something that doesn’t
interest you. Your child might not be interested in
attending your alma mater or doing the work you do.
2. Help your child discover their
strengths and passions
Encourage your child to visit with a career counselor to take
aptitude tests. The Myers-Briggs test, Strong Inventory,
and Holland Code were three of the tests I found beneficial
when redesigning my career path. While I don’t
recommend basing huge decisions off of one test, I do
believe it’s very beneficial to take a variety of assessments
and look for patterns among the results. If your child is
interested in a career that doesn’t appear to line up with
their natural strengths, that doesn’t mean you need to
immediately rule out that option as a career.
Instead, brainstorm how your child could bring their
innate strengths to that field. Their uncommon perspective
and strengths in that field could allow them to make a very
unique, valuable contribution.
3. Help find a mentor for your
Seek a positive, encouraging role model for your child.
If your child shows strong interest in a certain career
path, help your child find an inspiring mentor in that
field. Having a great mentor can fuel your child’s
4. Expose your child to a variety of
activities to see what piques their
Give your child opportunities to try new activities.
Expose them to nature, the arts, science, museums,
animals, travel, people…there are so many
opportunities to enjoy together. Pay attention to what
piques their interest. If there is a subject they are
curious about or they shows excitement toward,
encourage them to learn more about that topic.
Oftentimes, the decision to choose a certain line of
work comes gradually, as people continue to explore
their interests more deeply.
5. Find your tribe, and encourage
your child to find theirs
As Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the 5 people you
spend the most time with.” As a parent, have you built a
wonderful tribe of people around you? And, are you
encouraging your child to find their tribe? Challenge your
child to get out of their comfort zone and get involved.
Whether it’s sports, a service organization, a business club,
or any of the many other possibilities, encourage your child
to spend time with inspiring peers. Who your child chooses
to hang out with can greatly affect how big they dream,
what they believe is possible, and the opportunities
they seek. Having an amazing tribe of people in their life
will help them grow into their full potential and can affect
many decisions they make.
6. Set a great example
Your child watches your every move, so work on being
a great example of doing work you enjoy. When your
child sees you building a career you really love,
they will know that it’s possible for them to also find
and do work they love. You’re never too old to spend
more time doing what you love, so seek what lights you
up and do more of what you love and less of the
7. Be patient and encouraging
Remind your child that the quest to do work they loves
is often a long process of self-discovery and
experimenting. They may change course as they
navigate their career path. Be patient with your child
during these difficult decisions, and encourage them
to keep learning more about themselves so they can
keep growing into the amazing person they are meant