Career Convo #1: Discovering Your Child’s Ideal Lifestyle and Experiences

Posted April 14, 2020 by Mark Perna

Welcome to the #careerconvos series! The goal of this blog series is to break down the topics and questions you and your child can explore together to help them discover their perfect intersection of career and lifestyle.

#Careerconvos should be low-pressure. These are not strict assignments, there are no immediate deadlines—the idea is to help your child get used to thinking about their plans for the future. Talking it through can help uncover what your child loves, fears, and needs on the journey toward meaningful education and a rewarding career.

The goal of this convo is to start defining your child’s preferred future. For the younger generations, experience is everything—so capture their interest by talking about the lifestyle they want to enjoy. Together, think about people you know or see online/on TV whose lifestyle is appealing. Encourage your child to think outside of the box regarding the type of lifestyle they desire. Ask:

To get the conversation started, here are some ideas you can adapt to your child’s age and interests:

  • What type of lifestyle do you want to live when you are older?
  • What types of experiences do you want to have?
  • Where do you want to live?
  • What will YOU need to do in order to get the lifestyle you want?

Once they’ve envisioned that future, you can connect the dots with what kind of career can support their lifestyle aspirations. But that’s for a later conversation. Today, focus on the fun stuff. Help your child dream big—it will be fun for you both!


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