These 5 Ways to inspire young kids to think about school or career plans doubles as family activities and goal setting. For both you and your kids (my daughter just told me she was thinking about going into medicine…which is good to know for me for financial goal setting!). #2 on this list of 5 Ways to inspire young kids to think about school or career plans is my favourite…
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5 Ways to inspire young kids to think about school or career plans
#1 Role play with young kids. Whether stirring pots while playing restaurant or writing on paper while playing office…role play is probably one of the very first ways kids start thinking about future career plans.
#2 Plan an education path. Our kids started in French school – then transitioned to Immersion (English/French) school so that they could be bilingual and have a wider choice of post-secondary and career options available.
#3 Let them know the money is there for education. We just had this conversation with my teens over the weekend. We have saved, over the years, for their post-secondary education and now…while they are choosing their education paths towards their careers…they know finances will not limit their goals.
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#4 Be curious about the world. Point out jobs which connect with your child’s talents or interests.
#5 Make school and career plans a dinner conversation. Play “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and then brainstorm what time of school you might need to go to – to do that job. What type of skills would you need to do that job? What would be most/least fun about that job?
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