How do people know what they want to be from such a young age, is it parents, community, or exposure-based? by Marisa

September 15, 2021

 

How do people know what they want to be from such a young age, is it parents, community, or exposure-based?

“When my parents provided career inspiration and insight, I sometimes felt they were letting their own biases take over.”

“ Help your teen understand that a canceled internship or delayed entry to the workforce does not mean they failed. Remind them that just because their original plans have shifted directions or changed as a whole…”

  • As a child is growing up their exposure to the field of jobs is very small, limited to what’s been shown to them or what they’ve seen on television. (that’s why there is such a high number of children wanting to be doctors, lawyers, and astronauts)
  • As you get older you get exposed to more positions that interest you in the moment or for longer terms
  • Parents putting their own personal bias into their answer when their child asks them what they want to be when they grow up may impact them
    • Other things such as pressure from parents or restrictions on jobs may also impact this
  • Exposure from a young age allows a child to slowly develop their own opinions about the field, and sometimes they do grow up to know what they really want to do because it’s something that they truly are interested in. instead of just being told they like it.
  • Overall the best thing to do is allow your child to find something they are interested in, let they “dip their toes in ” and really see if they like it.

/https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/teenagers/teen-talk/how-teens-decide-what-they-want-to-do-when-they-grow-up/

https://www.youthvoices.live/how-do-people-know-what-they-want-to-be-from-such-a-young-age-is-it-parents-community-or-exposure-based/