SebastianCat Posted June 6, 2018 Share Posted June 6, 2018 I'm looking for some advice on guiding teens through the process of choosing a college major and potential career, especially if the career that interests them seems to be different from their giftings and aptitude, without being too specific with details of the situation I'm a part of. If your older teen had a strong interest in pursuing a career that you didn't see being a good fit for them, how would you handle it? This is a good career path with decent job opportunities, but you as their parent just didn't see the aptitude for this particular career. Do you encourage them to follow their interests? Try to encourage them in another direction that seems to fit their giftedness? Will they eventually figure this out on their own (possibly after failing to complete their first chosen path)? As an example, I'm thinking along the lines of someone who wants to major in journalism but hates to write, or to become a teacher but is extremely introverted and doesn't like being around people all day long, or to major in engineering but struggles in math. You as the parent just can't really picture the chosen path being a good fit for this kid. I'm struggling with knowing how much to give advice, how much to encourage them to follow their dreams, how much to back off, and how to allow them to own their decisions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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