Children at a tender age learn 60% of things by observation. Hence the famous kids actions of following Church procedures at home through singing, dances and even prayer positions. At most kids copying of learning activities i.e copying a teacher or headmaster and the list goes on. To amplify this learning by observation concept, atmost parents refuse to argue, converse emotional matters in front of their children. The same concept takes place in the realm of Career Guidance. The child is taught about careers by parents sub-consciously. Thus by observation the child can decide to follow a parent’s or guardian’s career path. While children observe their parents career path, they happen to have direct experience. A number of parents bring work home, others often take their children to their workplaces, and some do not even discuss their work with their children while others rarely spend time with their families because of work. These experiences have a substantive impact on how children decide on their careers. Hence, by unique experiences kids can decide to follow a parents/guardians career path or not.However, other children can decide to take certain career paths because of rather indirect family career experiences. Children can witness a cruel robbery and loss of a parent or sibling and thus decide to be a policeman/woman. A child can witness the incarceration of an innocent close relative and decide to be a lawyer or judge. Children can also admire a community friend who puts on a shiny blue air force uniform and just decide to follow the career path because of the intriguing uniform. Others can just have a relative who is no-longer addressed by name but job title like Doctor and just fall inlove with the career related to the title. Lastly by advice parents/guardians can help shape their children.
Our advice is this:
Do not take a leading role in career decisions of your children but walk side by side with them and assist them to come up with the best career paths.