Professional Development

How to prepare your kids for career success

Written by Eric Titner

If you’re a parent, chances are you spend a great deal of time worried about your kids. You do your best to ensure that they grow up happy and healthy, prepared for the world around them, and well positioned to achieve fulfillment and success in life.

The truth is, some of what will happen to your kids in their lives will be out of their control—and your control as well. That said, as a parent, there is plenty you can do to help set them up for their best shot at success. Use the following tips to help guide your kids along the right path.

Build a learning partnership.

When it comes to the job of educating your children, the truth is that it’s best envisioned as a collaboration—a partnership of sorts—between you and your child’s teachers. Make time to work closely together with them to ensure that your child’s needs are met and that they are getting the most out of their educational experiences. Get involved and stay involved in their educational development.

Make learning a lifelong pursuit.

Learning should not begin and end in the classroom; it’s a lifelong journey, and those who learn early in life that we are constantly surrounded by opportunities to learn and grow are best positioned for success. Create an environment in which your child can develop a love of learning and a fascination with the world.

Encourage their passions.

The most successful and fulfilled people in life aren’t necessarily the ones who make the most money. Rather, they are often those who have discovered the things in life that they are truly interested in and passionate about and have found a way to make it a significant part of their life—either as a profession or a hobby. Encourage your children early on to explore the world around them and find something that truly excites them, and then support and encourage them to follow their passions.

Instill the value of lifelong friendships.

Building strong social bonds early in life can be invaluable. Help your child recognize the value of building and cultivating solid friendships early in life. It will help them recognize the importance of having a strong network of support—to find new opportunities, face obstacles, overcome challenges, and make the most out of life.

Dare to fail.

Too often in life, we avoid trying something new—and potentially wonderful—for fear that we won’t be good at it, or worse, that we’ll completely fail at it. This can be a great way to completely miss out on success and happiness in life. Instead, teach your children that it’s okay to fail, that life is a learning process full of trial and error, and that the only way to know what they’re truly capable of is to test their limits, step outside of their comfort zones, and be all right with the notion of potential failure.

Face the future.

Many people are really good at putting things off that they don’t want to confront—sometimes until it’s too late. Like it or not, the future is coming for all of us, and those who plan for it as early as possible are most likely to be prepared for a variety of outcomes and develop a winning strategy for success.

Although we can’t guarantee success for our children, as parents we want to make our best effort to help our children have successful futures. Use the tips here to guide your kids as they learn, mature, and grow, and you’ll be setting them up well for achieving their goals in life. Good luck!

About the author

Eric Titner

Eric is a NYC-based editor and writer, with years of experience in career-focused content development across a wide range of industries.