About today’s World of Work
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein. Same is true of a career. One has to select a right career and keep moving forward to stay relevant in today’s fast changing world of work. The world is changing faster than ever before. Things are not the same as they were 5 or 10 years ago because of technological development, digital advances and the evolving expectations of the younger generations of workers.
A well-planned career is fundamental to a happy and satisfied life. Parents, having gone through this process can help their children. However, a parent’s experience might also hinder this process since times have changed and children have a very different environment to deal with that might not fit a parent’s choice. Working in the real world is a big change for students leaving school. A good way to help your child prepare is to let them know their options before making any career or study decisions.
- Evaluate your child’s aptitude, strengths, and weaknesses.
- Facilitate your child in discovering his/her own passion.
- Motivate your child in pursuing his/her passion.
- Inform your child on various career options
- Help your child understand the world of work and the life in the chosen career by associating with professionals in the field.
- Discourage your child from falling prey to peer-pressure.
- Gain your child’s confidence and motivate them to discuss their queries with you.
- Seek professional career guidance help whenever required
- Do not dictate a child’s decision rather guide them towards taking an informed decision.
- Do not burden the child with unreal expectations.
- Don’t be impatient when dealing with children.
- Do not try to impose the ideas or views that existed during your days; career scope changes with time
- Do not misguide the child into choosing a career of your choice
- Discourage other people (friends, extended family, or relatives) from pressuring your child in the career selection process
- Do not answer a child’s query if you are not sure about it. Seek professional career guidance help whenever require