What do you want to be when you grow up? Boys and girls today have hundreds of answers for this age-old question: teacher, doctor, astronaut, writer, scientist, computer programmer, to name but a few. In fact, children today can probably count on having several different careers in their lifetime.
Talking to children about career choices helps them to focus on their interests. People who have jobs they love lead happier and more fulfilled lives than those who regard their work as drudgery. But to get the job of your dreams requires careful planning and preparation. Do you need two or four years of college? An advanced degree? Vocational or specialized training?
It may be hard for elementary school children to think that far ahead and parents should emphasize the importance of working hard and doing well in school as preparation for any career. But children should be aware of the many careers available to them, and here are some ways parents can help:
*Make it fun. See who can come up with the most jobs, or the most interesting ones. Encourage children to think of jobs that involve their hobbies or their interests, such as sports, art, writing, or music. Point out that in sports, for example, not all the jobs require you to be a player. There are coaches, sportswriters, administrators and other jobs.
When your children have finished their lists, prompt them to think about jobs in other areas. Some to consider are agriculture, business, communications, construction, consumer services, environment, arts, health, food, travel, economics, recreation, manufacturing, science, sales, public services and transportation.
Read the rest of this article in the 9/19 Pilot Tribune.