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As a child grows up, inevitably he/she (for simplicity’s sake, ‘he’ will be used here after) will take up a career and be a builder of the society.  What does your child aspire when he grows up?  What is your child’s educational plan after completing secondary school? Which is a better choice for him? ApprenticeshipVocational Training? University? Working?  Has your teenage child started his career plan?  How can parents facilitate in their child’s career plan?

In helping a child to develop a career plan, parents may have the following roles to play:

A. Planning Partners

If you have a teenage child, he should start thinking about what he aspires to be after leaving school and make plan to help him actualize his aspiration. 

Career planning is simply a six-step process in which decision-making is considered to be the most important part.

Does your child need vocational training? If so, research the schools that offer the kind of training he needs. Assist him to select a school that offers a college degree or training programme which best meets his career goal and your financial need. Also find out the availability of financial aidsthat supported him in obtaining his career goal. Also think about what kinds of experience that he will need for joining the career chose. Advise him to consider participating in some work trial programmes as a way to get work experience.

Encourage him to learn about job hunting tipsprepare his resume, and practice job interviewing techniques as he prepares to move into the job market.

B. Preparation Partners

There is a general impression that the word “career” has no relation to children of younger age.  In fact, many skills required by employers such as good work habits, a sense of responsibility, effective interpersonal relationship, good language proficiency, creative thinking and etc. are developed at the early stage of childhood.  From this perspective, a child’s career development should start at early years of his primary education and go along side with his personality growth.  What can you do to prepare your children for the career world?

 

Upper primary school children

  • help them build up positive self-esteem
  • help them build up a sense of responsibility, good health and work habits
  • develop their skills in learning, reading, writing, computation as well as communication

 

Lower secondary school children

  • help them recognize their skills, talents and accomplishments
  • involve them in career exploration by talking with them about your occupation and others and, if possible, take them to work and show them that what work is like in the real life
  • encourage good study habits and cultivate their interests
  • help them learn decision-making, planning and evaluation skills
  • encourage them to participate in community service and volunteer work

 

Upper secondary school children

  • guide them to work out a yearly career plan or study plan
  • help them choose learning subjects that support their career interests and goals
  • prepare them for education beyond secondary school level
  • help and encourage them to participate in job shadowing, part-time jobs and other work-based activities

C. Education Partners

It is well documented that parents have the greatest influence over their children’s careers choices by involving themselves in their children’s education.  Thus, you may:

 

  • share the types of activities you are involved in at work and how they might relate to what your child is learning at school
  • discuss the continual learning process you are involved in at work
  • consider supporting some of the following school activities to help educate your child about careers:
    • offer to be a career speaker, chaperone for a field trip or help with a career project
    • participate in a career fair at the school
    • offer to set up a field trip for your child’s class at your place of business
    • volunteer as a career mentor

D. Helpful Tips

Work situations and skills needed for employment are constantly changing due to changing technological and societal expectations;

  • Retraining and upgrading skills will be a requirement for maintaining employment;
  • Two-thirds of the jobs created today will require education beyond high school;
  • The worker of tomorrow must be able to work as a team member, communicate, solve problems, use technologies and adapt to changes; and
  • Career development is a lifelong process.