It’s challenging to balance when to help and when to let go with it comes to parenting teenagers. In the casement of employment, when should you help your teen and what kind of help do they need (and actually want)?
Research Their Career Choice
It seems too young to expect teenagers a choose a career though teenagers in other countries such as Australia make these types of decisions at the same age. When your teen expresses interest in a job, help them with informational resources to learn more about that career path. For instance, if they want to be an architect, they will need to get either an undergraduate or master’s degree in architecture plus pass board exams.
Take Them to Visit Colleges
If your teen is ambivalent about attending college, it might be helpful to visit a few local colleges to see what life is like as a college student. Once they have found a college or a university that they love, they are more likely to be motivated when it comes to their education.
Find Work Experience for Them
Whether they have rejected the idea of university or college, you should consider helping them to find work experience or an internship by using your network and connections to find opportunities for them. This work experience might solidify their career aspirations or prevent them from falling into a career path that is not for them. Either way, this will be a valuable experience and your teen will appreciate your introductions!
Speak to Them About Options
College and university are not the only options that your teens have before they go into the world of work. There are many other opportunities that are out there, such as apprenticeships or a Gap Year that will allow them to discover what is best for them. There are so many choices that it can be overwhelming but I have found that teens, most of all, need support to discover their place in the world.
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