Model good career and life planning skills. 

Research shows that parents have a great influence on their children's career choices. Our children are most affected by what they see us doing with our own lives. Also, we can only guide our children as far as we have gone ourselves. If you have struggled with your own career path, you still can be a great role model and guide for your children. Here are some suggestions:

— Talk to your children about your own interests, skills, and values and how they relate to work, hobbies, or volunteer activities you have enjoyed doing.

— If your work has been dissatisfying (and/or you need to re-enter the work force), take pro-active steps to explore work options that would fit you well-and talk to your children about what you are doing. Even in a tough economy, you can develop a career goal and action plan that will move you from where you are to where you want to be.

Each of us makes many career decisions throughout our lives. You can empower your children to make good choices by helping them understand their unique design and how it fits with interesting career options. You can equip your children not only to find work they enjoy, but also to make a difference in this world.

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Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck, National Certified Career Counselors, are the authors of Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life. Their websites,, and feature hundreds of job listings from churches, ministries, and Christian employers; a resume bank; and many other career/job search resources and articles. They also offer career coaching and testing to help you discover work that fits your God-given design, as well as assistance with writing a powerful resume, interviewing effectively, finding job openings, and other aspects of a successful job search. You can learn more about their personalized career coaching by visiting their website and scheduling a free career services consultation.

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Publication date: May 28, 2013