Parents Beware: What you don’t know about career planning can hurt you.
Even worse, it can hurt your child.
When your student is in high school, everyone is focused on getting into college. The assumption seems to be that it’s the act of going to college itself that provides direction.
Except it doesn’t. Career planning does not happen by virtue of admission to a four-year liberal arts college.
As Career Vision points out, going to college is not the same as planning a career. Colleges, in my experience, are happy to take your money, offer another class as the solution to virtually every problem, and leave the career planning entirely up to your student.
And guess who your student asks for help?
Of all influences, parents have the strongest on their child’s career decisions.
Expect your student to turn to you instead of to a qualified career development professional, especially early in life. And that’s when supposedly short-term career decisions can have far-reaching consequences.
But realistically, how are you supposed to know where she should go to school or what he should major in? There are around 3,000 common occupations in the world of work, plus another 10,000 less common. And that doesn’t count emerging fields.
The workplace is changing so fast that educational policies can’t keep up, creating a gaping mismatch between education and employment. “Employers across the globe are struggling to find enough people with the right set of skills for the posts they have available, even as millions of people remain unemployed.”
You’d never want your child to remain unemployed. Especially not after you’ve paid $150,000 for her education.
What’s a parent (or other caring mentor) to do?
Read this blog. I’ll show you how to help identify, develop, and connect talent to education and workforce opportunities. Even for opportunities that don’t yet exist.