Family: JOB DONE; WHY KIDS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN CAREERS

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Byline: By LISA SALMON

IN the past, many parents steered their children towards careers as doctors or solicitors, believing they knew best what would bring their offspring happiness and wealth. But attitudes have changed, and it seems modern parents no longer see it as their role to push their kids down a career path.

In fact, a recent poll of parents of under-18s found 59% believed they shouldn't have too much influence over their child's job choices, despite almost three quarters (72%) of them saying they have the greatest influence on their child's views.

The strength of that influence is not lost on careers advisors, who welcome parents' support as their children make one of the most important decisions of their lives.

Jerry Young, operations manager for iGen, a division of Leeds Careers, says parents often attend when young people have careers interviews, and although there are occasions when it's just the parent who does the talking, generally it's a good thing.

"Parents are the greatest influence on children's choices, and their involvement is helpful," he says.

"After careers interviews, parents and children go away and discuss it, and parents help the child think about the qualities they need to consider when making a career decision."

One of the problems with parents getting involved is that they can apply old rules with regards to issues such as pay, qualifications needed and even what certain jobs entail. …