Can We Help Children Decide On A Career Based On Their Skills Alone?

Do you remember when you were at school? People would ask you what you would want to do when you grew up. For many, they know exactly the answer. They knew that they wanted to be a doctor, a business person, an astronaut, a singer or dancer. No dream was unreachable at that age, and we encouraged children to believe that they can and could do anything they wanted to. However, as they get older they tend to lose that certainty at some point, and start to feel less sure about a career choice. There are, of course, children that remain certain and go on to do exactly that career. Which lead me to think of if there was another way of figuring out what sort of career would be ideal for someone while they were still working through the education system. I believe that looking at the natural skills we can all develop, it should be able to highlight a career path that would suit us well. Which, if identified at an early age, could help people consider what they want to study, the career they want, and who knows? Maybe even stop the problem of people being out of work for so long. Here are some of the most common skills and traits many of us can have with some career options that might suit.

Can We Help Children Decide On A Career Based On Their Skills Alone? - toys in class image

Image

Are they good with numbers?

Maybe they are good with numbers, perhaps having an eye for patterns, projections and forecasting solutions. Maybe they are skilled at maths, love a puzzle or just simply have a knack for numbers. Then a career in finance could be the option. People can study this subject through school and university and can go on to obtain an online masters in finance to finish their learning journey. They could become a maths teach or tutor, an accountant, an economist or a scientist, to name a few of the professions.

Are they creative?

Maybe they are creative, then perhaps a career in the arts might be more suitable? Painting, decorating, creating crafts, acting, and singing, they can all form possible careers for someone who happens to be creative. Being creative can also mean you have a flare for the written word, so being able to write captivating pieces of script, articles from a journalistic point of view or offer you tips and advice in a relateable format. Being a writer, whether that is books or online, can be a very rewarding career to be involved in.

Are the analytical or technology driven?

Finally, do you find that they are analytical or technology driven? Perhaps they love being involved with computers, learning how they work or developing code for creating websites. Maybe they are particularly good at analysing a situation, assessing risk factors in everyday life or seeing a pattern where other might struggle. Then there are plenty of career options including something digital based where you create websites, maybe investing or learning how to fix things, or maybe just becoming an analyst in a specific industry.

I hope that this has given you some insight into how we can help the next generation figure out what their careers can be much sooner.

What They Don’t Teach Them In School

money, what they don't teach at school - child on dock image

Picture Source

Getting your children to learn the importance of money can be one of the most valuable things that they will ever be taught. Unfortunately, schools around the world still are not grasping on to the idea that the more knowledge we impart about the world of finance for when they reach their adult years, the more that children will take on board and be able to utilise it to their own advantage with the next generation. With that in mind, what are the top three things that we need to be teaching our children now, while the time is right?

Save Carefully

It’s hard to expect a child to be able to save all of the money that they receive, but there are good incentives to set for them to want to do it. Paying them for simple jobs around the house such as loading the dishwasher and sweeping the leaves from the front lawn will teach them that they have to work hard for what they receive and rewards come alongside this work. Taking care of their money for them, or at least giving them the option of you taking care of it, will see you acting like a bank. Even teaching them the value of getting loans from New Horizons or other such lenders can help them appreciate just how far money gets people. Let them see the importance of watching their money grow and learn for themselves just what they are able to purchase with it. They may even want to open their own bank account if they haven’t got one already.

Consider Your Options

Teaching your children actions to their consequences is hard when they aren’t fully aware of what options are available to them. For example, they could put their money into saving accounts, ISAs, bonds – there is a wealth of choices available to them, and most adults don’t even know a good enough amount about them to warrant a good explanation. It can be something that you can learn about together; you may find that you are stashing your money in the wrong place when you find out about what the best option for your child is. It’s all one big learning curve that doesn’t stop as you get older – you are simply just more aware of what’s available.

Make Good Choices

What’s good and what’s bad when it comes to money? Live off of your own experiences and recall them to your children. You know where you will have made some bad choices in the past, but children are best taught from your own experiences rather than you trying to explain what might happen. Think of it as taking a history lesson from somebody who has gone through the actual event – a bit far fetched, but the sentiment is still the same. Or, if you know what path you should have gone on to get yourself in a financially sound position, try and guide them along the one that you know that you should have taken. Our children may not be taught how to make financial decisions in school, but they can learn from us and what we have picked up along the way.