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8 Ways to Provide the Career Education in the Childhood: A Guide For Parents


Career education is an important factor in child education. The career-related suggestions should be provided in early education. 
Career education is defined is a process of developing ability, attitude and getting knowledge which enables children to both understand and perform efficiently in their chosen career or vocations, some time is also called vocational education. It is a very important question that how parents promote career education in childhood. It is the collective responsibility of parents, teacher, and community to promote career education in the schooling and domestic level.  It is a very important question that how parents promote career education in childhood. It is the collective responsibility of parents, teacher, and community to promote career education in the schooling and domestic level.  There are 8 best ways which help the parents in providing career education in early childhood.

1. Provide the Career Awareness 

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Career awareness helps the child to know about the nature and characteristics of the career. It makes easy for a child to select the best profession. Career awareness provides the foundation of career development. Parents must try to know the child’s interest. It is a challenging task that how parents help the child in career development.  Here are some tips which help the parents to provide career awareness in childhood.  

  • Discuss with the child about different types of occupations in childhood.
  • Explore the nature and requirements of different jobs and business.
  • Provide the environment in which the child frequently talks about his future, planning and show his interests and visions.
  • Parents encourage the child when he starts to discuss his interest and career selection.
  • Provide opportunities to the child for getting an introduction and experiences as a worker or volunteers. Visit the workplace for getting information. Let the child practically examine, use the tools of different trades/professions and get information. This activity helps to increase the child’s interest and it makes easy to take the decision about the professional career.
  • Discuss the latest opportunism of occupations.
  • Encourage the development of a child’s hobbies. Discuss with the child how people convert their hobbies into the job with examples.
  • Arrange the meetings with people who work in areas of your child’s interest.

  •    2. Build Positive Attitudes Related to Profession

The domestic and school environment plays a significant role in the development of a child’s occupational attitudes. Parents try to develop suitable attitudes which relate professional career.  Every occupation requires some primary attitudes such as discipline and regularity which must be developed in childhood. How parents develop a positive attitude? There are some ways which help the parents to develop positive attitudes in their childrn: 
  • Give some work responsibilities to your the child at home such as making his own bed, watering and keeping own room straightened. These little activities help the child to build professional attitudes.  Appreciate the child for successful efforts.
  • Discuss openly and distribute the jobs fairly, considering available time, interest and ability of your child.
  • Parents show their behavior as a role model.
  • Share your success stories and positive behavior related to the job.
  • Parents shout assess the child’s progress and behavior from time to time.

 3. Self Awareness

The self- concept is an important factor in career education. Academic achievements and occupational choices strongly relate to child self-concept.  The child self- concept is mostly shaped by his communicating with others.   The big question arises here, how parents develop the self- awareness in the childhood which strongly help the child career development. The following ways help the parents in the development of self-awareness regarding career education:

  • Identify the areas where your child can improve. Don’t focus your expectation and interest. Look upon the child’s abilities and interests. Change your expectations according to child abilities and interest.
  • Encourage child performance and achievements.  
  • Self-Understanding and expression are necessary for career development.  Let the child explore his/her potential for a better understanding of self.
  • Say to your child that his wishes and interests are accepted and valuable to them. Let the child express his emotions towards family members, friends, and other fellows. Keep in mind that expression behavior should be social and acceptable. Parents should choose a suitable way when they want to change anti-social behavior. Learn the methods that how to change the antisocial behavior in childhood.
  • The child must know that his unique image is important for the development of self-awareness.  Become the role model and spend leisure-time in community work as a volunteer. Encourage the child to do some work as a volunteer for the community.
  • Find the time to support the child for his hobbies in the appropriate way.
  • Encourage your child by rewarding with praise after completing his job or work. 

 4. Develop the Decision-Making  Ability

Decision-making skills play a vital role in career development.  Parents must develop decision-making ability in early childhood. It is important to understand that there are many reasons behind the child career selection which relate to capabilities, values, liabilities, experiences, fears, likes and dislike. The elementary level is very important to shape the attitudes concerning earning and spending of money. The child has more opportunities in the elementary level for decision-making process according to economics. This is an important topic that how to develop decision-making skills in childhood. There are some important tips to develop decision-making ability regarding career development.
  • The play has an important role in the development of decision-making ability in the children.
  • Provide opportunities for your child in the selection of the school program. Keep the better options, inform the child about various possible alternatives and their consequences before making the decision.
  • Help the child to understand the other’s decision making actions.  Discuss with the child why he made this decision or why other people make that decision.  

 5.  Give The Child Economic Awareness

The child must aware about all the goods and service which are available for him. Ask the child where we do get fresh bread?  How does the store get its fruits and vegetables? Let the child find the answer by searching in books or other persons. Help the child to find the information in the books and from the right people.  Try to increase the child information and knowledge about the marketing,  distribution and restoring process of goods.  Inform him about making and restoring process.  There are eight effective strategies  to give  economic awareness to your child:
  • Teach the child about the importance of collective work in business and every field of life. 
  • Visit to post office, utility stores and tell the child how they work for us.
  • Provide the opportunity for the child to getting some experience of business and work on any suitable project. The business experience is important for child career development.
  • The small home – operated business play an effective role in the development of a career.   Engage the child in the home- operated business such as lawn cutting, childcare, cooking and door to door selling.  Involve the child in family projects from planning stage to finishing.
  • Parents involve the child in the budgeting the process at homes such as saving technique, credit, and insurance policies for economic understanding.  Parents must talk openly about the family budget and inform the child how much they earned in the month. Explain to the child how the budget goes for several expenses such as the electronic bill, house rent, and insurance.
  • Discuss how can they spend on children and let the child make their budget according to his pocket money.
  • The child needs to aware that how occupational choices impact on their personal economic situation and on the lifestyle.
  • Plan a trip to the job places and show the child how they work.  Inform the child about economic benefits such as which type of job has a lot of money and which is belong to the low-income outcome. This activity helps the child to select the perfect choices.

6. Educational Awareness

The educational awareness help the child to understand to nature of the profession and enable him to assure that he can achieve the desired goal. Educational Awareness assists the child to choose the best profession.  The following five tips help the parents to provide educational awareness:
  • Discuss with the child about his interests and ask him what he wants to become in the future such as a doctor, physician, and technician, etc. Open the options and try to know the child's interest areas.
  • Provide the opportunity for the child to work as a volunteer.  Inform the child about the educational requirement of the specific job. Aware of the child about the  requirements of the job which are necessary to reaching the selected goal.
  • Discuss the ways and roots to reach the desired goal such as scholarship programs etc.  Provide the literature about the areas of interest of the child.
  • Provide the information and counseling to your child form school counselors, librarians, occupational specialist and that person who know about the areas of child interest.  Parents also try to increase their information related to the child’s occupational area and discuss with their child.
  • Arrange the discussion session with school counselors or occupational specialist for the aptitude tests when your child feels hesitation to explore his interest.

  7. Develop Employ-ability skills

Employability skills are an essential part of career education.  The home is the first workplace which plays a key role in the development of employ-ability skills in children. The child learns who communicate with others. The parents should develop social and communication skills in early childhood.  Social Skills are necessary for the building of the human relationship. It is the important question that how parent develops the employability skills in the children. There are six tips to develop employability skills:

  • Teach the methods for resolving conflict and how the child avoids the power struggle game. Develop the listening ability in your child. Listening ability and following the direction are the essential parts of communication.
  • Give the opportunity to the child for assembling molding role in the play.
  • Parents must admit when they feel that they made the wrong decision and judgment in the presence of the child. Teach the child that the realization of poor judgment is the good practice.
  • Provide opportunities for the child to supervise others and work under the other’s supervision. These both types of opportunities develop the responsible behavior in the children.  
  • Discuss with your child about the higher authorities such as parental authority and governmental o and institutional authorities.  These authorities regulate the business and other family-related issues.   

8. Develop the Competency of the Children

Parents must focus on the development of competences. The child requires developing several competencies for a successful life.
  • Parents should give positive feedback on the child’s work and give some suggestion to more improving his working ability.
  • Parents also have strong influences on the development of a child’s habits such as accuracy and completeness.  Encourage the child in completing any task and ensure the accuracy during working. 
  • Parents try to develop the responsible behavior in their children such as clean up the work area. Teach the child about the characteristics which make the child responsible. 

Career education is a primary part of childhood education. It assists the children/individual to choose their occupational and educational choices. The career education also helps the children to understand their strengths and weakness. Parents must provide a friendly environment and instruct children in effective ways to select the appropriate profession. 

Reference
This article is the summary of the following book written bMelton, Dale H:
·         Melton, Dale H, Career Education and Your Child: A Guide/for Parents., Florida Career Education Consortium, Bradenton, Office of Education (DREW), Washington,/D.C.,1976.
·         Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Career Education Consortium, for Training And/or Retraining, 1978.
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