One of the best ways to explore to the talk to people. Help your student find their purpose by offering them a sounding board to bounce ideas off of and offer opportunities for them to explore. Use these questions to guide your conversations.
- Am I allowing my son/daughter the freedom to have new experiences?
- Do I encourage the exploration of new ideas, experiences and occupations without being pushy?
- Am I willing to support ideas and values which are different from my own?
- Am I positive and supportive when my son/daughter makes a poor decision or fails?
- Do I talk openly and honestly about my current job, including pros and cons?
- Do I take the time to discuss various occupations with my son/daughter?
- Do I encourage my son/daughter to research and explore careers of interest, referring him/her to appropriate resources?
- Do I help my son/daughter to objectively look at his/her strengths and weaknesses and suggest how they might relate to various careers?
- Do I discuss the challenges, victories, and lessons from my own career development history?
- Do I help my son/daughter to identify careers for which he/she would be well-suited?
- Am I willing to refer my son/daughter to friends and acquaintances who might discuss their occupations with
- Am I willing to actively help my son/daughter find an internship or summer/part-time/volunteer job that will help him/her explore a potential career field?
- Am I willing to assist my son/daughter in setting reasonable goals, and to keep him/her accountable for meeting these goals?
- Do I ask questions that will encourage my son/daughter’s further career information seeking?
(Checklist adapted by Lenz and O’Neal, Florida State University)