Choosing the best career for your child


Many of us heard “The Fish Baking Story”. The story is about a little girl.

“A little girl was watching her mother prepare a fish for dinner. Her mother cuts the fish head and tail and then placed it into a baking pan. The little girl asked her mother why she cut the head and tail off the fish. Her mother thought for a while and then said, “I’ve always done it that way – that’s how grandma did it.” The girl was not satisfied with the answer and went to visit her grandma to find out why she cut the head and tail off the fish before baking it. Grandma thought for a while and replied, “I don’t know. My mother always did it that way.” So, the little girl and the grandma went to visit great grandma to find ask if she knew the answer. Great grandma thought for a while and said, “Because my Grandma told once that the baking pan was too small to fit in the whole fish”.

Like this story, we all might have various belief systems and assumptions, such as while choosing a career, you must have heard many times that “A doctor’s child becomes a doctor, a businessman’s son runs his father’s business”, etc. I have also heard many people saying “Her father was the best doctor, but daughter is not good as her father.” or “The sense his father has for business, the son doesn’t have”. Well, what could be the reason for that? May be his/her mind is not developed to do that skill.

Every individual is different in this world. According to Gardner’s Multiple theory of intelligence, every individual has eight types of intelligence and only few intelligences are dominant in most of the people. If you identify the kind of intelligence the individual has, you would easily know what kind of work profile he/she will be good at. Likewise, if you let your child choose the career as per his/her abilities and interests (which can be known from the dominant intelligences), your child will have more chances to get success in life.


Written by Renu Goyal

A Child Psychologist, founder of KIDicious – Learning Differently, a child psychological therapy clinic based in Delhi. Have written various articles relating to Child Psychology in magazines like Meri Saheli, Responsible parenting, Psyinsight etc. Presented many papers in national and international conferences.


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