What is career development?
Career development is a life-long process of learning about yourself and what you like while exploring the world of work and seeing where these two things overlap.
Why do kids need to know about career development?
During my 8+ years as a career counselor I worked with hundreds of college students struggling to choose majors and/or careers. Many of these young adults were experiencing significant distress over their decision. If only they were introduced to the career development process earlier, they would have the tools to navigate this journey. Once I had my own children, I realized how advantageous it is for kids to be aware of the career development process much younger.
Don't most schools teach students about career development?
The reality is most elementary and highs schools don't teach career development. And schools that do, often focus these programs on college preparedness. That's why it is so important for parents to begin these conversations. And talk to their children about this important part of their child's development early and often.
How do I talk about careers with my kids?
Here are three great resources to help you talk to your kids about career development.
1. My book, The Career Explorer, is a great introduction to the process through an entertaining story.
2. My career course for parents/educators of preschool through elementary-aged children. Through a series of 7 short lessons, parent and educators will learn the information they need to begin discussing career development with their children. Simple, age-appropriate activities and discussion questions will give you the confidence to incorporate each lesson into interactions with your kids at home.
3. My career development course for kids is an introduction to the career development process for 6-11 year olds. This engaging, expertly designed course, introduces the career development process so children can begin to understand how to choose a career that they will enjoy. Through a series of 8 short, recorded lessons, children (ages 6-11) will learn how to begin exploring the world of work and learning more about themselves!