Influences on career decisions
Parents have the biggest influence on a child's career choice. Find out who and what else can influence a young person's career decisions.
Your child may be influenced by:
- Career choices and interests of their older brother or sister
- Needs, opinions and work of their parents
- Family work traditions or family aspirations for the future
- Limits to your family's experience of different career options
- Negative beliefs such as “He’ll never amount to anything”, or “I’m a failure and so is she”.
Your child's friends can:
- Pressure your child to make the same choice as them about careers and leaving school
- Be good or poor role models
- As a boyfriend or girlfriend pressure your child to choose study or a job in their town.
Cultural influences on your child's career choices come from:
- Their neighbourhood, ethnic group and social group
- Popular culture such as TV and movies
- Role models – successful and famous people
- Money – lack of money can limit choices
- Government policy and economics both local and globally.
Teachers and career advisers can:
- Inspire, motivate and inform your child
- See your child's talent, skills and aptitudes for certain careers
- Offer resources, work experience opportunities and guidance.
Your child can find career information from:
- Online career websites, apps and newspapers
- Career planning and self-help books.
Updated 24 Jan 2019