The research presented during the Parents as Career Coaches workshops, if I summarize correctly, asked middle and high school aged students to list the top three resources they would turn to for career advice. Parents were consulted in the vast majority of cases, with 78% of youngsters stating they would ask their folks. This was followed by friends. Rounding out the top three were experts in the field.
Most parents may underestimate the gravity of how much power and influence they wield over their children’s lives. As well, many people may not realize what they don’t know. If you attended the Parents as Career Coaches workshops, I strongly encourage you to exercise that vulnerability and risk that Brent talked about and even start conversations with other parents, neighbours and colleagues you know about the information you now have access to. Some people may not know what they don’t know, and may have opted out of the sessions thinking that it didn’t apply to them.
It is said that “if you light a lamp for someone else, it also brightens your path.”
It’s about the power of the collective and networking!
I took notes on both evenings. If you’d like to access those notes, please click here. If you’d like any clarification on any points, please feel free to reach out and contact.
Parents As Career Coaches workshops occurred at NPSS in the library.