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Why parents are one of the most important factors in their child's careers pathway at Northbridge

Gill Presland
Gill Presland (6 posts) Deputy Head of Secondary and MYP Coordinator View Profile

At Northbridge International School Cambodia, parents are a major influence in their child's career development and decision-making.

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Did you know that most of the learning a child receives from a parent is learned unconsciously? 

Children absorb their parents attitudes and expectations of them as they grow up.

Parents influence: 

  • The level of education or training that their children achieve 

  • The knowledge they have about work and different occupations 

  • The beliefs and attitudes they have to work 

  • The motivation they have to succeed 

The research source for today's guidance comes from Qualifax - a comprehensive, annually updated UK information source that guides on further and higher education and training options. 

Today I am sharing 2 great tips to start us on our journey. I will share more in future blogs.

Research indicates that when students feel supported, they have more confidence in their own ability to research careers and to choose a career that would be interesting and exciting. This is important because studies show that adolescents who feel competent regarding career decision-making, tend to make more satisfying career choices later in life Keller 2004

Tip 1: Help your child to discover their talents and skills

A parent could: 

  1. Keep in mind that their hopes for a child may not match their child’s dreams and ambitions. 

  2. Recognize that independent career choices marks a young person's first real step into adulthood.

It can be a parental challenge to show interest and support for your child’s career ideas if they do not match your own plans for them. However, show a genuine interest and allow them to discover who they are. 

Teens are unsettled by the disapproval of their parents. You want your child to feel free to explore a greater variety of professions, choosing one based on their own preferences rather than those of their parents. Rejecting your child's career ideas in the early stages of exploration may shut down the whole exploration process. 

Keep the lines of communication open, and encourage your child to gather as much information as possible on their career interest areas. This way your child will feel comfortable sharing, discussing and seeking your advice.

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Tip 2: Develop your child’s knowledge of the world of work through researching together or work experience

  • If possible introduce your child to someone currently doing the course/working in the career area of interest.
  • Short blocks of volunteer work / internships during vacations can help (Your contact network can be very helpful)
  • Research interest areas together


Did you know?

Here at NISC we use Unifrog as an online careers tool. Grade 11 and 12 were the first team of students to gain access. In the coming weeks Grade’s 9 and 10 will also be able to access this fascinating site. Check it out with your child: 

How to decide on a career path: 6 tips