on August 01, 2019

Is what do you want to be when you grow up the right question to ask your teenager?

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Everyone asks this question: what do you want to be when you grow up and so many of our kids have no idea even when they finish year 12. The problem with this question is that there are so many jobs that your child may not know exists and even more might be developed in the near future.

Student buildingSo, the perfect job might be one that your child has never heard of. While this might be not the right question to ask, it is never too early to think about the things your child is interested in and loves to do. Rather than focusing on the end career instead take interest in those things your child loves to do. Maybe it is quizzes, or drawing. All these are clues to the sort of interests that he/she might pursue later in life.

Giving your child a wealth of different experiences is a key to opening some of these pathways that may lead to career options later in life. A part time job, volunteering, travelling and reading can all open your child’s world to different opportunities.

So instead of asking what do you want to be/ do when you grow up, become a good observer and coach. Think about instead.

SKILLS: What is your child’s personal strengths and weakness?

INTERESTS: What sorts of activities and subjects do your kids find interesting?

STYLE: What style of work environment would best suit them?

VALUES: What values are important to them as they pursue a working life?

We all want our kids to be happy and work satisfaction is a large part of that puzzle. We all know what it feels like to wake up with Mondayitis. If you can help your child identify the type of job that fits their personality type and skill set you will be helping them on that journey of discovery.

Some kids decide to take a gap year to do some more self-discovery before starting a uni course of serious career. Knowing yourself is the key to ensuring that you a job in which you will thrive.

If you child is exploring these options, then perhaps a personality test may help them. Here's one we liked  - personality test

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. 

Dan MacInnis - Parent

Danielle is a marketing consultant and mother of 13 year old boy.