While career planning might not be a topic covered in parenting books, it should be! Parents and guardians serve as a child’s first career counselor, playing an instrumental role in children’s initial exposure to career possibilities and shaping perceptions of different occupations that can last a lifetime. 

Setting the Stage

When you take your car to a mechanic, hire a plumber to fix your sink, or consult with an attorney about a legal issue, your child is watching how you interact with these different types of professionals. The respect, attention, and value you give to people in different occupations will shape your child’s perception of various career options — as well as their willingness and interest in performing many such tasks themselves someday.  

Parents who intentionally discuss and explore career options with their children raise kids who think deeply about what they want to do with their own lives — and help them begin setting and achieving career goals at an early age. Use HirePaths to get your family started exploring careers and planning for your child’s professional future.

Resources for Parents and Guardians

This website and our HirePaths Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds provide a valuable stream of tips, tricks and tools you can use with your child to explore a broad spectrum of future career and training possibilities at home. Be sure to check out the resources below!

  • Real Success Stories

    Meet real role models working in various industries who have found success through alternative pathways after high school — and read more about why they love what they do for a living!

  • Blog

    Learn how to weave meaningful discussions into your family's routine and discover tips for working career development into your parenting practices. You can help inspire your kids and set them up for a successful, fulfilling future. 

  • Explore Careers

    Your child's career options are endless! Thinking through all possible careers can be overwhelming, so we've provided you with this easy way to explore various industries with your child. This list focuses on career paths a young adult can quickly pursue after high school with on-the-job training...

  • Featured Employers

    Learn about real Kansas employers who might want to employ your kid in the future. Browse open positions at each company, hear from current employees, read about their perks and more. 

  • 100 Activities to Do with Kids

    Keep your kids engaged, spend quality time with them and sneak in a little (fun!) learning. We've created a list of 100+ activities for families to do together — from games around the house to field trips across Kansas. Explore and enjoy!

  • Cool Careers Video #4

    Cool Careers Videos

    Hosted by local kids, each episode highlights an exciting career in Kansas. Whether you're a parent watching with your children or a teacher watching with your class, we hope you enjoy!


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