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Help your child learn about careers with these 6 questions

By Susan Pohorski

Your friends, family members and business contacts can be a great starting point for your child’s career exploration. When you introduce your child to a new person be sure to say something about the work that person does. 

Another way to make your child aware of different careers is to take them for a visit to various offices, businesses or production facilities. Even a visit to the dentist or the auto mechanic can be an opportunity to find out more about the career opportunities there. 

You can lead the way and start a meaningful conversation by asking these questions:

  1. What is the name of your occupation?
  2. What type of education is necessary to work in your career?
  3. What do you like about your work?
  4. What do you dislike?
  5. What does a typical day look like?
  6. What hours do you work?

When your child gets older, give them a clipboard or electronic tablet and have them ask the questions and record the answers. Make it fun. Keep a file of the responses and see how many different careers you can collect. Ask your child what careers he or she is interested in and see if you can find a person in those fields who is willing to meet with them. 

Summer is a great time for this type of activity since children are not in school and you may be taking time off too. You’ll be doing your son or daughter a great favor by exposing them to as many career options as possible. It can help them decide what they don’t want to pursue as well as what they might want to do in the future. 

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