Choosing a career path is hard for young adults who don’t know what they want to do with their lives. They might have to try out different jobs to see what they like, but this can get costly and infuriating fast. The good news is that even parents who are busy can help their young adults explore their interests in great ways that won’t cost them any money. Read on to find out how you can help.
Encourage Them To Try New Things
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new is a terrific way to expand your horizons and expand your mind. Have a conversation with your adolescent about their interests and what they would like to explore. During what times do they feel the most energized and involved? Where do their interests lie? Do they have any particular abilities or hobbies that you’ve noticed?
Find out what clubs and organizations are offered at your school and in the surrounding community and pick out two or three that might pique their interest and discuss the options with them. Even if they are worried about trying something new, as a parent, you need to encourage them to at least try it out; it could be exactly what they’re looking for.
Lead By Example
Make it a habit for your family to try new things together. Go to a concert, a play, or a dance show. Go to a reading of poetry or an art show. Take a photography, woodworking, yoga, or taekwondo class together. Go on a day hike or a camping trip that lasts the night. Try foods from different countries. You can each choose one activity at a time, and when it’s your turn, don’t be afraid to choose things that your child might not like right away. Who knows what new hobbies or skills they could find just by doing something they wouldn’t normally have done?
Help Them Find A Part-Time Job
See if you can help your young adult get a part-time job. This is one of the best ways to get them to do what they love. You can help to find them a part-time job that helps people meet as many people as possible so they can learn more about themselves.
This will give them a chance to see how people act in different situations and give them some experience that they can use in their new jobs. It will also give them real-world experience they can use in the future. The job could be anything from working in a store to collecting money people are donating to veterans to helping out in an office. It will all offer your teenager a chance to learn new skills and work out what they do and do not like.
Find Them A Mentor
You can also help by putting your young adult in touch with a mentor. If your child’s boss at the job we mentioned above isn’t a good mentor, there are other options. A professor at a nearby college might be willing to help your teen figure out what kind of job they want to do. Also, many people who love what they do for a living know other people who do the same thing and can act as mentors; it could be worth reaching out on social media or through your own network.
Find someone that your young adult can relate to if you want to find them a mentor. You don’t want a mentor who is a lot older than your young adult or so different from them that it’s hard for them to connect with this person, so be careful who you choose.