Does your child have the skills and flair needed for future success?
The world is turning into a fiercely competitive space and the pressure is upon the parents and the
children to choose a path best suited to their skills and talents. Sounds simple right? But, the reality is
quite different. The trick is to identify and hone the latent skills in your child.
In my experience as a child counselor, I have seen many instances when the child is forced to take up
subjects and hobbies as per the choice of his parent or on the basis of prevalent societal norms. There
was a time when all parents wanted a doctor or an engineer in the family. Then came a time when MBA
was the reigning favorite as a career option. The current trends point to Chartered Accountancy and
Cost accountancy with the MBA as an added garnish.
As parents we brain wash our children into conventional career choices as we think it is safe and will
provide our child a decent standard of living and a fair social standing. What we neglect is that our child
is an individual with a very individual aptitude and skill set. Should we not explore these and see if we
can guide them from infancy and early childhood towards a rewarding offbeat career choice that suits
How can we prepare our child for an offbeat career choice?
As a parent you know your child the best. If you see that there is a streak of creativeness in the child, do
enroll your child into a dance class, or an art class, or a singing class, encourage sports as an option or even
explore activities like cooking, baking and theatre. There are successful careers built out of a hobby well
The young child has no view of what he can accomplish or where his skills lie. Try and provide exposure
to as many art forms as possible to gauge his/her interest. A few years into the activity the child is able to
recognize whether he has the skill set and flair needed to excel in that field. This process can be made
easier if encouraged by the school and the parent. The certain “X factor” that is inherent in the child
shines bright when the option is apt for him. It is then imperative that parents help the child to plumb
the depths, learn actively and get maximum opportunities to showcase the aptitude he/she possesses.
Does your child have a photogenic streak?
Does your little one preen and primp in front of a mirror; has an innate sense of style and loves posing
for the camera? Maybe the forte lies in modeling and acting. The idea is worth exploring as there is no
dearth of shows and avenues where these qualities can be showcased. The natural abilities of the child
can be honed and sharpened, confidence can be built up and kids modeling can be a lucrative career option!
After all some children are born to be famous!
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