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Following Your Parent(s)’ Career Path

You’ve seen something in your parent(s) that maybe you are not necessarily fond of, they may do things you disagree with, and at times you have made the conscience decision to be the complete opposite when you grow up.

Growing up in a world filled with numerous options of opportunities and destinies may seem a bit uneasy, so you lean towards your preference of what is familiar; that is what your parents career path is.

Yes, getting older and going to college comes with independence, but having the same taste in an industry your parents are in is not a negative thing. Have you ever watched one of those sappy Disney movies, where the kid grows up doing an activity (possibly football) just because the mother/father did it growing up (and his dad is the coach); and one day the kid lashes out at the parent yelling “This is your dream, not mine, I quit!”? Well, no that is not really how dramatic life is and how it works out all the time. So don’t worry, if you think you’ll end up hating what you believe is your passion, because essentially if you do move on to another career choice, the first was never meant to be.

Have you ever heard of the sayings “been there, done that”, “back when I was…”, and possibly “listen to your elders”? Yes, you have heard this at least a thousand times if not more, but it’s true. Your parents have already gone through life situations you are going through or soon to be going through. Now if you’re interested in their field of study, that’s an extra bonus and they are a limited edition book of all the ins and outs of the world you are about to enter.

Of course you will still make mistakes that every teenager and young adult goes through. Life still has to do its job of throwing every obstacle of hardship your way, but it could be a lot easier with the help from the ones who may know you best. Asking for help is not always so comfortable for you to do, especially if asking a stranger, or a professor in front of the whole class, so why not just ask your parents? They have plenty of information at hand to give to you, and it is much easier than using google to find a credible source and reading lengthy articles only to realize you did not retain a single word of them.

Parents lending a helping hand with finding a job for you is truly a gift, that should not be taken for granted. In this day and age, it is not that easy to find a job with decent wages and safe environments. Having your parents put in a few good words for you, or even the smallest gesture of leading you in the right direction can be very beneficial. Who knows, maybe you get along so well with your parent(s), that you may end up with a business partner(s) for life!


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Tajiya is pursuing her B.F.A. in Fashion Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Although she has a "passion for fashion" she has other interests that she finds of importance and loves to write about them.
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