During the month of May, 2015 we wrote several blogs about careers and the college selection process. I recently read an article by James Citrin who also discusses careers and how we can mentor our own children about this decision.
The article titled, “What parents should tell their kids about finding a career” can be found in the May, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review. I am including this with our blog articles because it really does a great job of sharing how difficult it is to mentor our own children about career choices. Speaking from experience with my own girls I know how complicated this process can be and how it can carry over into the first couple of years past graduation.
The author divides job happiness into the three categories of job satisfaction, lifestyle and money. In a perfect world all things are in balance but in reality we know these ideals take time and work. I think it is a great article to share with your children and can lead into a discussion of what I like to call the outcome of college. Understanding a career path and learning how important networking can be in a career is so important to teach your children. College, jobs and life will have many steps and many different paths. There may be trade-offs as the road of life leads to our ultimate end goal of happiness. I agree with Mr. Citrin that the best thing we can give our children is encouragement. This is especially true early in the career of the recent graduate. Enjoy the article and good luck with your children!