Help your child realize his career dream by following his passion
In an age of instant coffee, off-the-rack solutions and markets that change by the minute, it’s hard to sit back and prepare for things that will become relevant only decades later in life.
Yet, planning is the most basic and essential ingredient for success. Before speeding into a future that looks as misty as a wintry morning, it is important that one first takes a couple of test drives, to be able to cross as many milestones as possible.
Of the several big choices we make in life, the one that we are most known for is - our career. Most of us will have vivid memories of scanning university brochures for technical courses or the appointment pages of newspapers for a job that help us “fit” into a profession, considered “worthy” by society. And even while doing so, how many of us have secretly harbored a dream of being a documentary film maker, or a music director in a philharmonic, or simply indulging in wildlife photography at the Corbett national park. Such experiences are not uncommon.
Many years down the line, however, we’ve pursued the profession others wanted us to, and within that, a position most sought-after - only to realize that our dreams of being a documentary film maker, a music director or a wildlife photographer, have been locked up forever. And locked along with them - is what we were probably best at.
The future is ours
Today, a job or a career is not just a source of income – it has come to be an important part of who we are, what we want to be and a source of inspiration for those around us.
For this very reason, a career needs to embody our finest qualities, our most positive strengths - in short, our passion.
As a parent, one needs to view a child’s career though a different lens. Each child has a passion for certain type of activities. These bring out the best in the child as the activity gets his/her undivided attention, effort and care – an ideal recipe for attaining perfection.
It is these inborn abilities and talents that parents need to identify early on life and use them as a basis to nurture a career for their child. In other words, allow a child to use his strengths and interest for his/her long term fulfillment.
Help them be the best
It is not as important to be in a profession, as it is to be the best in the profession. By enabling a child to pursue something that he/she has a high aptitude for, a parent ensures success that is sustainable over the longer term for their child.
When one is allowed to follow one’s passion, the person invariably strives for excellence. Frank Sinatra was once quoted as saying, “Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing - if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.”
Discover their work
A number of factors influence our career landscape. These include our natural talent, passions and exposure in our early years of growing up.
Today, parents have access to sophisticated aptitude testing which enables them to understand the children’s innate abilities and the kind of professions they could excel in.
Our passions are closely linked with the environment we are exposed to during our childhood. It’s only when children encounter music, acting, travelling or sport, they are able to realize what exactly lights them up.
Talents and passion, once identified, need to be worked on consistently. With consistent effort, it then becomes possible to create a whole new world of opportunities, which extends to a wide palette of professions. The words of Abdul Kalam sum up the effort required - “Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.”
Let their dreams unfold
Once identified, a parent assumes the role of a sculptor, who chisels and polishes the child’s interest to create a masterpiece of a career. There is one other task that’s important in the scheme of things – that’s financing the child’s future career.
Children enrich our lives, and so we want to give them the best. As parents, it is important to consistently save for the many milestones that they might want to cross in their lifetime. That’s where future solutions and insurance comes in. Children need insurance for a variety of reasons, primarily for education, studies abroad, marriage etc.
Since most of us have relatively fixed sources of income, financial planning for a child’s benefit becomes an essential part of the family’s budget.
§ Saving regularly
§ Secure investment
§ Insurance cover
§ Guaranteed return
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