Cruz, Marian Psalter A.
Cruz, Maria Jarmina F.
De Guia, Aubrey Rose
In recent times, there has been growing interest in the interrelationships between career choice, peer group and parental influence. More importantly the focus has been on the factors that tend to move an individual towards a career.
Parents play a major role in the decisions of their children. As children grow into adolescents, they begin to make decisions that will impact their future. One of the most significant areas in which parents impact the decision-making process is in career choice and preparation. There are several factors that contribute on how adolescents take their parents into consideration on the matter of career choice:
WHAT PARENTS DO FOR A LIVING
Obviously, the career path of the parent greatly influences an adolescent's decision about his professional future. Teens can see the benefits and disadvantages of their parents' careers and react accordingly. They might decide that a career in the same field is for them, or they might take the opposite route.
ACTIVITIES PARENTS CHOOSE FOR CHILDREN
When parents choose activities for their children, they are instilling ideas about what is important. Extracurricular activities such as athletics, music, dance or art will have a long-lasting impact on how the child chooses a career when she is older.
IDEALS PARENTS DEEM IMPORTANT
When children are young, they usually have no choice but to adopt the same line of thinking as their parents. Parents who place emphasis on responsibility, dedication and work ethic likely leave a good impression on their children's future.
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENT AND ADOLESCENT
Because adolescents are new to the decision-making process about a career, it is important for parents to keep lines of communication open with their child. Specific discussions with children about career choices leave lasting effects on their decisions.