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Helping Your Kids Prepare for the Future is every parents goal, or should be, but how do you do that?
Careers That Encourage Creativity
It is certainly no secret that we all want our children to grow up better than we did. We want them to go to the best schools, get the best jobs, and not have to struggle the way we did when we were getting into the real world. Although it is impossible to determine exactly what your child will be when they grow up, it does not hurt to encourage them into the direction that you want them to go. By encourage, it is not meant that you should completely shove a career down your child’s throat. They will likely go in a completely opposite direction, but a little time answering those annoying questions that children are known for can go a long way in their decision as to what they want to be.
Children often have lofty dreams for the careers they want to be. Some kids pursue an acting or singing career in hopes of being the next big thing in Hollywood. Where this is an applicable goal for anyone looking to shine in the spotlight, it is often not the draw of the limelight that makes the career so fascinating, but the freedom of traveling throughout the world. If you happen to have a child that aspires to such traveling freedom goals, there are other careers that are easier to obtain without all of the tabloid drama that follows celebrities.
Photographers, traveling journalists, and even some teachers depending on the type of teaching degree acquired get to travel for their careers. Starting a child early and encouraging them in these careers is relatively easy. For photographers, simply give them a camera and let them snap the shots they love. For even more encouragement you might even post some of the better pictures they shoot on a website and allow people to comment on them.
Teachers and traveling journalists are even easier because you can encourage the child to study some of the distant lands and the cultures within. Allowing them to see what the rest of the world is about through pictures will often open up their minds to where they could go and what they might see. The draw to travel is within many kids, but it is often diminished by the societal blockades in the world the state that a career is something only accomplished within a well maintained office building.
If you talk to anyone who is able to work within their passion in life they will often tell you that the day does not feel like work. When you are able to do something that you truly love and make a living at it, you never have to feel closed in by your career. When we are young we often see cartoons on television and really enjoy animation for what it is. It is important that creative kids are allowed to see more than what is directly in front of them. Most of the animated movies that have come out in recent years have bonus features that are on the disc. Instead of simply watching the movie, allow your child to see how it is all done.
The process is also not only limited to animation of cartoons. These days, Computer Graphic Imaging or CGI makes it possible to animate anything and make it seem completely real. It can be a very fun task to watch movies with your child and try to determine what is CGI and what is real people dressed in costumes. The world of animation opens up doors to where they can work on some of the biggest name movies out there through the special effects department and even medical animations that are now becoming more and more popular in the field. The possibilities are endless and all it takes is a bit of time in teaching kids how it all comes together.
In Demand Careers
Right now in the world one of the most in demand fields is in the computer artist realm. Technology has come a long way in the past few decades and now people everywhere are enjoying a different type of lifestyle with their work. It used to be that the office was the only place to work. Things have changed with the internet being made available throughout the world. Money can be made practically anywhere in the world if you have a computer and the knowledge to back it up. Encourage your children in computer artistry by giving them the chance to use the tools to create on the computer. Many programs allow for this creativity and some of the older versions are very inexpensive. The computer industry is growing rapidly and 3D modeling, logo design, and even magazine design is really in demand these days.
Encouraging your children to reach for the careers they want and be creative while doing it is a great way to build self-esteem and give the child a bit of direction. They might not know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their life, but offering them a chance to find their passion in life will give them fuel to reach for those seemingly unattainable goals. Give your children all the chances you can in life so they have a happier life for it.