Parents as a career coach
A coach is someone who is on your side, and who wants to help you achieve the best that you can. As a parent, adopting the role of a 'career coach' gives you the best chance of providing useful guidance without too much or too little interference in the process.
As a coach you are a helper, supporter, encourager and partner. You are not the boss, you don't command or direct, you show by example, you listen, you reflect and share your experience.
Becoming a coach means...
- helping your child find their passions and explore their interests
- exploring career and educational options together
- helping your child set challenging but achievable career goals
- supporting your child in career-related choices and through their mistakes
- encouraging your child to 'try on' careers by volunteering or through work experience or job-shadowing opportunities at school or in the community
Parents consistently show up in research as having the greatest influence on a childs career path. Taking the time to discuss your childs concerns with a friendly and encouraging 'coaching' attitude will ensure the greatis likelihood of a successful outcome.
Understanding Your Child
By the time your child has reached the teenage years, you will know them well in many respects. Yet the teenage years throw up particular challenges in maintaining and growing your relationship with them. You want to provide the best emotional and motivational support for career and life choices but somehow other issues can get in the way.
It helps to remember that the young person is unique in personality, temperament and preferences and that they are hurtling through a sometimes difficult process of emerging from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood.