Most parents want their kids to be happy and often try their best to make that happen. However, some parents unintentionally make these mistakes:
Believing that passion = career fit
It can be easy as a parent to get pulled in emotionally when you see your child so set on something. But often, what they are passionate about doesn’t fit with their skills and talents. A lot of people, not just kids, have an inaccurate perspective of what certain jobs entail. Just because you like doing something or it is a fun hobby doesn’t mean it’s a good choice to base your whole career off. That is why before making any decisions it is crucial that you investigate it and get all the facts first.
Assuming college career centres are effective
Today, students have a lot of pressure on them to succeed. Finding the right major and future career can be a daunting task, and most college career centres do not offer enough support. If you are struggling to find the right path, consider talking to a professional career counsellor. They can help you figure out what type of work you would be best suited for and what majors can help you get there.
Driving your own agenda
A lot of parents have a specific job in mind that they want their child to have. Oftentimes, this is because the parent either never got to pursue their own dreams, wants their child to follow in their footsteps, or has a specific image of what success looks like. However, when parents get too set on one career path for their children, they close themselves off from other opportunities that may be a better fit for their child’s individual skills, strengths, interests, and values.
Seeking the professional guidance of a qualified career mentor is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to your child’s professional success. Some parents may not want to spend the extra money, but when you compare it to how much you spend on your child’s education, it’s worth it. Career mentoring will help to make sure that your money is being spent wisely.
Thinking that “any job will do”
Once their son or daughter has graduated from college, many parents become hyper-focused on them getting a job. However, this impatience can actually compound the problem, pushing their child into a role that will most likely lead to discontent and frustration. It’s worth spending the extra time and effort to find a job that will set them on the path toward their target career. By taking the time to find the right job, you can help your child avoid a lot of unnecessary stress and disappointment.
Taking the hands-off approach
As your child enters the exciting world of college, it is important to remember that this transition will be a shared experience. Though they may be leaving the nest, your guidance and support will still be crucial during this time of new opportunities and challenges. Keep in mind that their brain is still developing well into their early twenties, so they may not always have the best judgement when it comes to long-term planning.