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How to help your child choose a profession – four key approaches

Is it necessary to help your child choose a profession, or is it better not to interfere? What is worth paying attention to here?
Choosing a profession for a child is a very sensitive topic for most parents. Naturally, everyone wishes their children a successful career, financial results, and recognition.

And the question here is not so much professional as psychological. Some parents would like their children not to make their mistakes, while others, on the contrary, would like their children to repeat their career path.

But how to plan this path, if in five years, according to the International Labor Organization, every third profession will disappear, and every second will undergo major changes?

1. Be open to new professions

In August 2019, Kelly’s “Who Do You Want To See Your Child As?” survey found that 11% of parents fear their child will become a blogger. You can understand worried adults, because the future reputation of the child is at stake. Once posted online, a video review will remain there forever. On the other hand, we see dozens of examples of young people, sometimes even minors, making fortunes on personal blogs.

Are those times gone forever when it was prestigious to enter the doctors, lawyers, engineers? In the traditional sense, yes. But a doctor with advanced IT skills and the ability to understand complex medical equipment can be in demand (and, accordingly, paid) many times, if not tens of times more than a doctor with a conventional set of skills. Today, everyone needs specialists who combine several profiles.

2. Be open to new forms of employment

According to the results of our study, almost 50% of respondents want their children to work 5/2 in the office of a stable company. This is great, but you should not limit your child’s career horizons to this option. Now other forms of employment are actively developing – temporary and project work, freelance, remote work. In European countries (Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland), according to research, about half of the pharmaceutical industry employees work on a project basis.

3. Watch trends and guide

As the child grows, parents have the opportunity, with the help of many clubs and educational resources, to develop skills and competencies that will be useful in the future. According to a Kelly study, today’s parents give the most preference to IT literacy, science and physical skills. The most useful qualities were chosen as leadership, focus on cutting ult and creativity.
The following are also essential skills:

– the ability to see opportunities in a complex, uncertain situation;
– emotional intelligence;
– ability for critical thinking (successfully developed via reading books);
– creativity and adaptive solution;
– high learning ability.
The necessary competencies and skills will change along with the development of new technologies, the economy, and globalization. And it is in the hands of parents to keep track of these trends.

4. Self-education

The labor market is now experiencing a huge trend towards self-education. At the end of the 20th century, such a term as “lifelong learning” appeared, the essence of which is that due to the progress of science and information technologies that provoke rapid changes, people need to learn throughout their lives. Therefore, the worst thing that can be done is to drag the child through sections that he does not need and instill in him a dislike for the learning process itself. I do not know where your child will work, but wherever he works, I’m sure that he will have to study all his life!

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