If you want your child to get used to the world of work it’s best to prepare early, according to people management specialist, Karen Gately.
The mother of three says parents play an integral role in readying their child for success. She says it’s important parents help their children pursue their passions and understand their own strengths.
The HR expert told Mamamia the four key ways parents can help their children win their first job and build happy and prosperous careers.
Understand strengths and experience.
“Ask your child to list the things they are good at. Guide them to reflect on their intelligence (e.g. ability to learn, understand new things), relationships skills, organisational skills and personal characteristics. Focus on the things they are good at and what types of jobs they are likely to enjoy. Most kids are unlikely to have any real experience to bring to the roles they are applying for.
“What matters is their ability to point to what they have learned through school and extra curricular activities, that demonstrate their ability to succeed in the job the employer needs done. Examples may include sport, drama, music or any other area of interest your child is invested in,” said Gately.