There are many constructive, developmentally appropriate things you can do to help your child with career planning. But first, you probably need to overcome your own ambivalence about getting involved at all.
If you are a boomer or post-boomer-era parent, you probably have some reservations about playing a part in your child’s career decision making. You believe in freedom of occupational choice. You reject a European-style system of education in which young people take a test at age 16 to determine whether they will go to university or into vocational training.
Because of this, you don’t place much emphasis on career planning in high school. You believe that should ...