Everyone feels passionate about something, a true calling that excites them, drives them, and fills them up with joyous satisfaction. It is that one something they want to pursue for the rest of their lives. However, for teenagers it is sometimes a different story
For some teenagers it is a very satisfying to know they have developed a real passion for something in their life. It could be sport, maths, gaming or dance. For others it is still a path of discovery. If your child is still working through what really gets them excited, then here's some easy ways to help discover their true passion.
Knowing what they love at an early stage will enable them to pursue it as a career, hence raising their probability of living an exciting, satisfying, and prosperous life. Of course, it is easier said than done. Here are some tips that can help.
- Talk with them about their interests. Instead of making the mistake of asking them what they want to do when they grow up, ask them what they like to do most. This will give you a hint about their passion. It might be something they have always enjoyed but have forgotten. My son loved puzzles as a kid and now as a teenager, loves games where there is strategy involved. Not every kid fits into a stereotype of the jock, nerd, musician or geek. Kids are far more unique than that.
- Observe. By simply watching your child and listening to them speak about their interests, you can get a good sense of what they do and do not like. Pay attention to your child's interests, even if they seem fleeting. Over time, you might see them develop into passions.
- Allow Your Teen to Sample Different Things. Very few people are lucky enough to know what they love to do at a young age. If your child hasn't been able to narrow it down a particular field of interest, you should encourage them to try a variety of activities. Perhaps you could visit a museum or support local schools and clubs by attending games and meets. You can also go to concerts, ballets and plays. And don't forget to read books and watch TV shows/documentaries on a variety of different topics.
- Once you have uncovered their passion or an interest it is time to nurture it. For artistic kids it might be going to art expos, setting up a space to paint, drawing or buying some software to do animation. It is all about encouraging their passion and lighting a fire in order to develop it.
- Meeting others with a like-minded interests. This can help support your teenager when perhaps no one at school or in their social circle does. Having a mentor or a group can really assist with this.
- Talk to your teen about finding something that they love to do, rather than focusing on a career that fills another need like money or status. Encouraging your teen to do something they enjoy is more important than any other pursuit. You need to show more confidence in them and what they can achieve based on what they’re passionate about.
We spend most of our life working, which is why it is important to pursue a job and career that makes a person happy and satisfied. However, a lot of people fail to discover what their passion is, or what truly makes them happy, which is why they simply end up working in a job that delivers minimum personal satisfaction. Helping your child discover their passion early and what they are naturally good at will go a long way in helping them work through their career choices.
At TutorBright our tutors are peers that teenagers look up to. They act as positive mentors and can assist to uncover your teens passions. Many of our tutor-mentors are in University and are at the right age to assist your teen to consider new ideas and a career path that will motivate them to follow their passions with purpose.
If you are interested to talk to our expert Education Team about how we can help support you and child through tutoring then get in touch on 1300698886. If you are interested in our free assessment then simply complete our online form and we'll be in touch.