- “Would you like to visit my workplace?”
- “Do you want to know how I became…?”
- “Do you know what I like best about my job? What I like the least?”
Always offer them a motivating and realistic image of the work world!
Pay attention to the messages you are giving (parental hopes, punishments and rewards, “you should / should not, do like that person, decide on your place,” etc.). Go ahead and give your advice but acknowledge that it is just one point of view among many others. They have a right to their own opinion. You can also suggest trades or study programs that you think they will enjoy.
Finally, be wary of infamous professional stereotypes when discussing non-traditional trades. There are girls who love mechanics as much as boys do, and boys as interested in the world of fashion as girls are.