What You Should Tell Your Kids About Finding a Career

by James M. Citrin

Quick Takes

  • Encourage your kids to discover their strengths and interests and learn marketable skills early on
  • Advise them to develop a reputation and make meaningful contributions to their organization after a few years in the workforce
  • Promote their understanding of the trade-offs between job satisfaction, lifestyle, and money
  • Help them cultivate a relationship mindset

After board dinners, we inevitably sit around and talk about our kids and their careers,” Dave Calhoun recently told me. “Frankly, we’re often at a loss with how to help them.” If someone with Calhoun’s experience has trouble with this—he’s chairman of Nielsen’s board, sits on the boards of Boeing ...

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