512: How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Future Career



Mackenzie Barlow,

Scott's daughter joins him to discuss the career pressures today's teens feel from society, and give her own recommendations!

Do you remember the first time you were asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? It’s a question we’ve all heard, and we’ve all asked. But what if I told you that this seemingly harmless question could be holding kids back from thriving in their careers?

The truth is, we’re conditioned to believe that we have to pick a traditional job and career path from a young age. And it’s time to change that! We need to start asking better questions and helping kids explore all the different ways they can contribute to the world.

The reason HTYC exists is to change the way the world does and thinks about work. In order to really make an impact, we have to think bigger than just the current workforce, and that’s when we start considering what work will look like for the next generation, and how we can help improve it for them before they even begin working.

So if you shouldn’t ask “What do you want to be when you grow up?” How exactly can you talk to kids about their future careers? I’m glad you asked! Instead of asking what they want to be when they grow up, let’s help kids develop a high level of self-awareness and understand their unique value. Let’s encourage them to explore and experience a wide range of career options.

Join us in eradicating the outdated question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and help us empower the next generation to thrive in their careers, by starting the conversations with these questions: 

  • What are your goals?
  • What problems do you want to solve? 
  • What do you enjoy? What causes you to enjoy it? 
  • What type of person do you want to become?

In this episode, Scott talks to his teenage daughter all about the pressures she is already feeling from society regarding work, and her recommendations for talking to kids about their future careers.