Career Convo #2: Discovering Your Child’s Talents and Interests

Posted April 21, 2020 by Mark Perna

Welcome back to the #careerconvos series! In my first post, we talked about uncovering your child’s ideal lifestyle and the things they want to experience, as a way to get them thinking about how to make those things happen. Today, we’re looking at what talents, abilities, and interests are unique to your child—and how those things can best be used in a rewarding career.

As a parent, you know your child best and you may already have a strong sense of what talents and abilities they possess. At the same time, there may be things you don’t know about your child, so be open to listen without assuming beforehand what your child will say. Together, brainstorm how your child’s interests and talents can connect to a viable career.

Bear in mind that even though you may have a clear picture of your child’s strengths, he/she may not. The conversation(s) should continue to be low-key, low-pressure chats focused on the positive things about your child. Here are some questions you can adapt for your conversations:

  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What do you do well?
  • What are some of your interests, talents, goals, and career aspirations?

Focusing together on what makes your child unique, special, and important can be a special experience to share with your child. Their innate talents can provide valuable direction for a future career, so have fun exploring them together.

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