Career Convo #3: Discovering Your Child’s Career Possibilities

Posted April 28, 2020 by Mark Perna

Welcome back to the #careerconvos series! We’ve covered your child’s preferred lifestyle and innate talents and abilities. Now, we want to explore a range of career opportunities that are connected in some way to your child’s strengths and interests.

Together, research a range of viable careers—paying special attention to less-common careers. To assist your research, I’ve listed several popular career research websites here, and no doubt there are many other resources out there.

Don’t let this come across as a chore; it can be an enjoyable experience if you make it fun. If you like, make it a competition to see who can find the most unusual career, the highest-paying career, the funniest-sounding career, the grossest career, et cetera. You can adapt these questions with your child:

  • What exciting careers might utilize your interests and talents?
  • In what types of jobs would you be able to pursue your passions and aspirations?

You may find that your child feels overwhelmed with all the options and opportunities out there. That’s okay; this is all part of the discovery process. If the conversation gets stressful, table it for another day. You’re broadening their horizons (and maybe your own), one chat at a time.

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