Parents advised not to impose career choices on their wards

Effiduase Parents and guardians have been urged not to impose career choices on their wards, as wrong choices of children’s lifetime careers could weaken the strength of the country’s future human resource base.

Reverend Solomon AsiamahOkyere, the Executive Director of the Pinasol Foundation, who gave the advice, said most children in their critical career development stages, were influenced by parents to make wrong career choices and once they got locked up in areas not interesting to them, they wasted time struggling to find more gratifying vocations when they matured.

He said these children grew up to become the professionals whose lack of enthusiasm in the jobs in which they found themselves undermined their general work output and efficiency.

The Rev. Minister who was speaking at the ‘Dream Discovery and Career Guidance Fair’ held at Effiduase in the Sekyere East District of Ashanti, said though parents and families have the best of intentions to help their children become successful in life, they ended up placing a lot of pressure on them when the career areas imposed on them were beyond their interest and strength.

The fair, which was organized by the Foundation, a community-based orphans and child-centered organization in the Sekyere East District, brought together pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 in the basic schools and their parents in the EffiduaseAsokore twin Townships.

The goal was to engage parents and guardians in the area, to appreciate the fact that career choices for their children in academic fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, required guidance, mentoring and collaboration of the children the choices affected.

Parents who pushed their children into particular academic or career choices as for example, finance, may not realize that their children’s true interests and potentials were in Auto Mechanics, Sound Engineering, journalism, Fashion Designing and the likes, he noted.

He added that parents and teachers should also persuade their children to develop interest in pursuing extracurricular activities such as volunteerism, social or community and philanthropic services, culture and debate clubs, among others which aided in broadening the horizon of responsible individuals in the society.

Source: Ghana News Agency