Career Convo #4: Discovering Your Child’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted May 5, 2020 by Mark Perna

We’re back with another #careerconvos post! The last several articles have covered your child’s preferred lifestyle, innate talents and abilities, and basic career research in their field of interest. Today, I want to introduce a strategy called the Light at the End of the Tunnel.

This concept uses internal motivation to power through the obstacles and challenges that stand between a person and their goals. The Light is whatever your child wants out of life—and it’s different for everyone. In this convo, you’ll revisit a lot of the themes from your first #careerconvo about your child’s ideal lifestyle and experiences. These things are the Light, and to reach that Light, your child has to go through the Tunnel first. The Tunnel is the work and effort your child has to put in to reach their personal Light.

In this convo, you’ll want to discuss the short-term steps and long-term plans for your child to reach his/her career goals and thrive. You and your child can talk through these and other questions:

  • What’s your personal Light at the End of the Tunnel?
  • What will your journey through the Tunnel look like?
  • What field do you want to be working in when you are older?
  • Based on your own unique interests, talents, and abilities, what kinds of things would like to accomplish throughout your journey?

Then, start making a plan with specific steps that ladder up to the career goal.

It’s important to have a clear picture of what the Tunnel entails—but it’s even more important to keep the Light in view. The Light is what makes going through the Tunnel worth it. Again, the Light is not necessarily just the career, but everything your child can enjoy in life as a result of the career. Together, you can find your child’s perfect intersection between career and lifestyle. Experience is everything!


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