At this age, youth are generally more interested in occupations that society values. Indeed, it is easier for them to identify with known professions and those that their friends and parents suggest (“I can see you doing well as…”). Also, your child may already demonstrate more interest for certain fields or school activities such as arts, sports, sciences, languages, etc.
It is important to pay particular attention to their strengths and reflect that back to them…
For some adolescents it is more difficult to discover their interests and it is normal for the process to take more time. That makes it even more important to pay special attention and acknowledge their strengths. Even if they don’t always listen, they will retain what’s important and this will help them a lot in their thinking.
Refer to the Guidance for my child section for tips to help your child get to know himself better.