How Parents Get In The Way of Career Plans



How to Listen to Parental Career Advice but Still Make Up Your Own Mind

Steps

  1. Understand that your parents want the best for you.They don't want you to fail in life, and at the end of the day have your best interests at heart, because they care about you. No parent wants to see their child on the street. Whatever they advise you, listen to it, and see if it is relevant to what you want to do in life. Think to yourself; will this make me happy?
  2. You are not your parents.Even though they may advise you to a specific career, at the end of the day they aren't living your life. This is YOUR life, not theirs. You will not be with your parents forever.
  3. Talk to them about it.Show them that you really care about your chosen career and want to pursue it. Or, if you don't have a set career in mind and want to further your education, or go travelling, or want to see where life takes you, tell them this too. Be clear, confident and stand your ground. Maintain control over your life.
  4. If what your parents want for you not appealing to you, don't feel pressured to develop an interest in it.If you have no desire to work in the field that they want you to, make it clear to your parents. Don't waste your time chasing your parents dreams.
  5. Explain to your parents that in order to make an informed decision, you must consider more things than their opinion alone.
  6. Be true to yourself.In the end, it is really your decision to make. Make a list of your interests and work out all the possibilities. Your decision may change, but that is natural. It's just nervousness. However, if you think that you could really do better in another field, then by all means, go for it!
  7. Use logic.Parents have a hard time letting go of their children so by seeing that you are making an informed decision and have factored in their advice, they will be more likely to accept your decisions.

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  • Be respectful. Nothing says you're growing up like treating your parents with respect despite having opposing views. This might even make your parents understand that you're growing up and give you more freedom.
  • Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more likely you are to make the right decision.
  • Figure out your interests. It is not necessary that your interest will be your career. Instead, you could go for your parents' desired occupation (IF you are interested) and you could keep your interest as a hobby.
  • Keep in mind that regardless of what your parents say, you will be the one that has to live with the decisions you make. Not them.
  • Remember your parents are likely to be more accepting of your career aspirations if you have shown an interest in this career or you enjoy doing things related to this career before. This will let them know you have a legitimate interest in this career rather than choosing it out of the blue with no knowledge or interest of it.
  • Have a talk with your parents about your chosen career and why you want to pursue it. They are most likely worried you are rushing into this job with no realistic expectations. Show examples of jobs and future paths you could take with this career. This is especially helpful if you are trying to convince your parents to let you take the college/university courses you want.

Warnings

  • Some parents like to pigeon-hole their children into doing careers that they have no interest in. This can lead to being depressed and unfulfilled as an adult. Would your parents rather that you do what you want and be happy, or be miserable?
  • Never do things that you don't want to, just to please your parents. You will never be happy that way.
  • If you have no intention to do what your parents want you to, then make it clear to them immediately. Otherwise this could just lead to pointless arguments which will just be a waste of time.
  • Never be rude to them, as they have so many expectations from their children too. Make them understand very politely about your likeness and choice of career.





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