Connecting with teens about their career

Parents have an important role in helping teens connect the pieces of the career jigsaw. And that can at times be challenging. Add to that the current labour market uncertainty and you’ve got a complex puzzle to fit together. Career conversations between parents and teens can support the young person to make sense of the process. The conversation can be relaxed, informal, possibly short and preferably regular. You can ask open questions and listen to discover what your teen is thinking, what they know and don’t know and what support is needed for their career development.

In New Zealand, the national youth development strategy  defines young people as between the ages of 12-24 years. Within that group we generally understand teenagers to be young people between 13 and 19i.e., their ages end in “teen”. My chat today (see below) is with Julie Thomas, who is a career expert and Mum to two teens. Julie shares some great tips for parents to keep things simple and in perspective. 


Dr Val O’Reilly is an Executive Director of The Career Development Company. Keep an eye on our homepage for updates on our response to Covid-19. #career #career conversations

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