How important is the role of the parents in the career guidance process?
Parents serve as a major influence in their children’s career development and career decision- making. Parents want their children to find happiness and success in life and one factor which influences happiness and success is career choice. Research also indicates that when students feel supported and loved by their parents, they have more confidence in their own ability to research careers and to choose a career that would be interesting and exciting. This is important because studies show that adolescents who feel competent regarding career decision-making, tend to make more satisfying career choices later in life. (Keller 2004).
Parents 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 their parents 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 example 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.
- The kind of parent-child relationship they develop.
- Encourage your children to get as much education as possible.
- Help them to discover their innate talents and skills.
- Develop their knowledge of the world of work.
- Teach them decision- making skills.
- Value gender equity and cultural diversity.
- Become aware of career resources/ education and training opportunities.
- Observe the effects of work experience. http://www.careerkey.org/choose-a-career/parents-effect.html
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