Don’t take chances with you teenager’s future study or career choices – Part 2

Don’t take chances with you teenager’s future study or career choices – Part 2

By Donovan Grant

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It is not uncommon for parents of teenagers to see a special talent in them yet somehow they don’t know how to bring it out. The problem reported by most parents though is not knowing what their teen’s strengths are.

The thing to remember here is if you find something that your teenager does well and is passionate about, this could be a big clue to where their future studies and career is.

FACT: Your teen's strengths can't always be understood by his or her academic results. Most schools don't teach things like life skills or entrepreneurship, for example.

The sad reality is that a teen who does not know their own skills can easily become frustrated, bored and generally unhappy at school and home. It is never an easy time being a teenager.

The opposite is true for a young adult who is aware and focuses on their strengths rather than their limitation. They will be more optimistic and have a better sense of what path they wish to pursue next.

Knowing their strengths can light up a future career path for a teenager!

Does your daughter or son know their strengths? Also, how well do you know their strengths?

If they are struggling with making career and study choices, they might just need some help in identifying her strengths.

What do you think?

Would it be useful to do some exercises with your teen to help identify their strengths?

If so, here’s some a fun exercise that you can do with your teen (or leave them to do alone). This will help to bring out what the good news about what they are really skilled at.

Review some of their past achievements and make a list of them, large and small.

Now ask the following four questions:

  1. What did they contribute to get the results?
  2. Where else have they used these skills?
  3. What is it they like about using these skills?
  4. Now that they know this, how can they use this to help shape their career path decisions?

Please make sure they write the answers down, because they will need to refer back to this pretty soon.

Remember this- Teens who are unable to name their strengths, may go into situations and decisions without the confidence of knowing enough about themself. So, they end up making choices they may not serve them best.

The benefits of course of knowing their strengths are simply massive. It can give them energy, provide the feeling of being alive and give them the comfort of knowing that they are valuable and purposeful in some areas of their life.

Every day your teen is learning more about who they are and what they want the future to be like. By focusing on their positive talents, you give them the building blocks needed to grow into a successful and happy young adult.

Let’s help our teens to connect their strengths to their goals.

Add Your Tips

These are important steps for parents of teenagers to follow when helping them to make career choices. However, these steps aren’t the only ones.

What do you think? Do you have some tips of your own? What successes have you had with helping a teen discover their strengths? Please share some of your own tips in the comment box below.

Donovan Grant Feb2013Donovan Grant is a people development expert, seminar leader and writer who brings his wisdom as an IT professional for over 20 years to coaching clients from the stages of career struggle through to career freedom. He is a committed leader who believes that we get more growth, satisfaction and happiness at work when we are doing what we love.



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