Career Guidance: At what age should we start?

Rahama Obadak
Marketing & Comms, Flexisaf

At what age should we inculcate the idea of career in our wards?At age three? Or is that too early?How about thirteen? Just as they are beginning to mature? Or should we wait till sixteen or seventeen when they are done with high school? What time is absolutely the best?These questions and other similar ones fill our bosoms as educators. We always want the best for our children, there can be no greater joy than getting the child right. Seeing them sail through teenage into adulthood so smoothly and become the best among the rest is what every parent and educator looks forward to. So, back to our question, what time is the best? But before we get to that, let’s find out “What is career guidance exactly”?The EU Council of Ministers’ Resolution on Lifelong Learning from 2004, defines career guidance as:

A series of activities that train individuals of any age, at any moment

of their lives, to identify their own abilities, competencies and interests,

to make decisions that affect their education, work, and other areas where

they might gain and apply abilities and competencies.

Going by the above definition, if it could be individuals of any age, at any moment in their lives, and this also has to do with identifying interests and abilities, then why not start early enough? Children as early as two years old begin to develop interests nowadays, and some of them are very good at video gaming, singing, speech, you name it.According to a professional Guidance and Counselor in a renowned tertiary institution, “Career Guidance should start as soon as a child can tell the difference between his left and his right.”Wow! That early? Yes that early or at least children must have a good introduction by age seven because in a research led by Vanessa Moulton at the Institute of Education found that most seven-year-olds had “realistic” rather than “fantasy” aspirations – for example, they want to be a police officer rather than a dragon. This study suggests that, as early as age 7, children already envisage their careers.To conclude, you might also be thinking “If I am to do it that early, how best can I go about it?”That’s why FlexiSAF is there for you! Have you heard about the 10,000-Hour rule?Work with SAF Talk-2-Me to find out more about this and more on how to make your little ones the best among the rest.Log on every Tuesday for a fresh SAF Talk-2-Me article just for you! And if it appeals to you in anyway, leave your details in the form below and we’ll surely contact you. Don’t forget to leave a comment, we’ll be very glad if you do.See you soon, In your very own school!