Parents play a huge role in the choices children make when they start looking for a career. They influence the level of education or training that their children achieve; the knowledge they have about work and different occupations; the beliefs and attitudes they have to working; and the motivation they have to succeed.
Most of this is learned unconsciously – children and teenagers absorb the attitudes and expectations of them as they grow up. Some of the key influencers are:
• The expectations parents have for their children's education and career;
• The examples they set for their children;
• The values they show to their family, friends and to society;
• The opportunities they offer their children to learn and develop; and
• The kind of parent-child relationship they develop.
To nourish a health and rewarding career for your child, the following factors are worth considering:
Encourage your children to get the most education possible.
Strengthen their self-understanding.
Develop their knowledge about work.
Teach them decision making skills.
Value gender equity and cultural diversity.
Become aware of career resources.
Help them become skill-oriented.
This area of the site is currently undergoing development, and will shortly contain a complete guide for parents of second level students.
For those who would like further information, we would recommend Ireland's only book on the subject - 'Sorted! A survival Guide for Parents of Students Making a Career Choice' which can be purchased from this link
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