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Help Your Child To Improve Their Career Prospects

It seems strange to think of your child entering the working world, but time really does fly. If they’ve already reached their teenage years then they’re only a few years away from deciding what to do with their lives. Maybe they’ll go straight into work, or maybe they’ll go to university first. Whatever the case, it can help to start weighing up different routes for their future. Obviously, nobody knows for certain what they want to do with their lives when they’re young; that’s too much pressure. We all have the ability to change our minds and take a different path in later life. Still, it can help to open as many doors as possible. Here are some ways in which you could help your child to improve their career prospects (without burdening them).

Carefully consider educational options.

It’s important to carefully consider all available options when your child heads off to high school, college, or university. The place of education can matter to some employers just as much as the actual qualifications in themselves. In order to improve their prospects further down the line, you should ensure that you help your child get into the best possible educational institution every step of the way. You might even want to consider private school over public school because the prestige that comes from attending such institutions can really help a child in later life. The same goes applies to universities; you should check the rankings when your child is applying to different institutions. It’s harsh, but many of the best jobs are still given to candidates who attended the best schools and universities. It could be the deciding factor if your child is up against somebody with the same qualifications as them.

Encourage them to work on their people skills.

Whether they’re 7 or 17, you should always be encouraging your child to work on their people skills. It’s beneficial to their personal development, but it could also help their career prospects in later life. After all, employers are looking for candidates who can really connect with a team. As mentioned in the previous point, qualifications are important, but every candidate applying for a job role will have qualifications. You need to go the extra mile to impress a potential employer.

Listening skills are crucial in the workplace, for example. You need to help your child to communicate well with their friends and classmates so that they grow up with the necessary social skills to thrive in the adult world. Even a person’s accent and pronunciation can affect the way in which they’re perceived. You might want to consider English school if your child has a strong accent or struggles to enunciate clearly. It’s better to help them develop good language skills whilst they’re still young rather than letting them struggle once they’re older.

Focus on what they enjoy.

The best career for a person is one which allows them to do work that they love. It’s not a pipe dream if you think about your personality and your academic interests. Your kid might not know what they want to do with their lives, but they probably have clear interests that demonstrate the way in which their mind works. Pay attention to what they enjoy so that you can encourage them to pursue their interests. If they like art then encourage them to study graphic design. If they’re technologically-minded then you could get them a laptop and some coding language books to help them boost their computer science skills. Keep encouraging them to try new things until something sticks.

Focus on what they enjoy.

The best career for a person is one which allows them to do work that they love. It’s not a pipe dream if you think about your personality and your academic interests. Your kid might not know what they want to do with their lives, but they probably have clear interests that demonstrate the way in which their mind works. Pay attention to what they enjoy so that you can encourage them to pursue their interests. If they like art then encourage them to study graphic design. If they’re technologically-minded then you could get them a laptop and some coding language books to help them boost their computer science skills. Keep encouraging them to try new things until something sticks.

 

 

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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