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Teenage Career Advice- Reframing a Typical Teenager Career Question

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Teenage Career Advice- Reframing a Typical Teenager Career Question

It’s a shame that in the 21st century we are still asking our teenagers the question,“What do you want to be when you grow up?. It’s an outdated question and is not useful to them when considering their wide options outside the school gate. They are often asked this question at the most stressful time in their life.

Teenagers have enough to deal with. The pressures of fitting in within their school social groups, wildly fluctuating hormones and high expectations to perform academically are just a few things on their radar. Teenagers hate this question with a passion.

So how do we prepare our teenagers to think about their roles in the future world of work. Simple. Ask them ‘Who are you?’ and ‘ Who do you want to be?.

A ted talk titled’ Don’t ask me what I want to be’ addresses the dreaded career question “What do you want to be when you grow up?, where the typical answer is ‘I don’t know’. The presenter Ryan Murphy talks about his own experiences and highlights asking teenagers different questions to get them closer to work that matters to them. Watch below.

Careers provide the means in which we as individuals connect to our community and to our world. Not having any understanding of who you truly are, makes it painful for teenagers to know which career choices to make let alone answer the question ”What do you want to be when you grow up”?

I encourage you to start the conversation with your teenager and listen carefully to what they have to say. One simple piece of teenage career advice I can give is listening is the most important gift you can give your teenager at this transition time.

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