Parents always want the best for their children, while their enthusiasm can sometimes feel like nagging, at the end of the day, we know our parents always mean the best for us. They’re on the sidelines cheering us on, wishing for our success, and hoping that we might live a fulfilling and satisfying life.
Of course, one of the biggest things that all parents worry about is the future of their child. From my own experience, my folks were always nervous about my career and my future. Although I may not have always displayed my gratitude, their efforts to motivate me, push me, and teach me were integral towards my future.
Your career represents one of the biggest turning points in your life. You better believe that your parents will be on your case when it comes to getting an internship. But why are parents so adamant about encouraging their children to apply apply for internships in the first place?
Simply put, your parents want to you to secure a bright career. Parents love to follow current trends and pester their children with that information. It just so happens that taking part in internships is a widely recognized stepping stone to career success. Let’s talk about some of the ways you can help coax your kids into an internship.
Use the Art of Persuasion
Everybody’s probably heard of that popular children’s fable The North Wind and the Sun. The point of the story is that being friendly is better than being coercive; it is a moral of the story is common and accessible to everyone.
When you try to force someone to do something, they'll push back against you harder. But if you entice them with something a strong reward, they'll be more receptive. Micromanaging them is even worse. Rather than playing the role of a helicopter-parent, it’s better to try convincing your kids to apply and work at internships, not forcing them.
Sitting down and having a heart-to-heart with your child doesn't hurt either. Talk about what they want to do, and try to look for things that they're good at. If you're not very good at coming across as sincere, or if your kid simply shuts down around you, don't worry. There's plenty of other opportunities.
Highlight the Expansion of Their Community
Expanding your child’s community and circle of peers leads to a number of social benefits and helps shape their professional interests and networks. For example, if your child sits in the house all day playing video games, chances are they are not exposed to a range of people and new ideas. However, if they are actively involved with sports and community groups, they have the opportunity to meet a wide range of interesting people and explore new subject areas outside of their comfort zones. Encouraging activity in your children from a young age sets them up to be proactive students and members of the workforce. Furthermore, community and social environment have huge implications on future workplace relationships.
Highlight Their Positive Traits
A lot of getting an internship for your child hinges on what you've one for them already. Ask yourself if you'd hire your own child as an intern as an easy way to feel out if your kid is ready.
By encouraging your child to develop hirable traits, you're taking the best approach in positioning them for a bright future. A flexible set of skills, a relatable and outgoing social attitude, and a willingness to help others will go a long way for any recruiting company.
Internship programs give your child the opportunity to put their skills and experiences into action while, simultaneously, honing a new set of professional talents. Internships are your child’s gateway to a future successful career.