What is the role of the family in the choice of profession ?
The family has a great influence on the young person’s choice of profession.
It is a fact that the economic opportunities of the family and the level of culture have a positive or negative effect on the young person’s choice of profession. The findings of the research showed that in families with high economic and cultural level, young people have the opportunity to choose a profession in line with their abilities and interests and receive support from their families. In families with inadequate economic and cultural possibilities, young people are directed to jobs that are expected to bring big earnings or reputation in a short time.
In cases where family pressure is dominant and the tradition is carried out by passing the profession from father to son, it is seen that the young people are pressured to continue the father’s profession. In these families, the child is conditioned to choose the father’s profession from a young age. It is observed that the young person, who is trained by conditioning or oppression, either turns to the father’s profession or moves away from his environment in order to have the ideal profession by upholding his family.
Some families try to realize what they cannot do in their childhood or youth in their children’s lives. The father pressures him to see his son in a profession that he did not have in his youth. Since the mother cannot read and work, she wants her daughter to read and have a profession, she constantly forces her. As a result of coercion, it is seen that the teenager bows or rebelles to the father or mother’s request.
In some families, too, children are said to be very important and reputable, some of them being insignificant and worthless. This leads to prejudices about some professions in the family. Thus, the family will indirectly affect the young person’s choice of profession. In these family models, since the individual-profession suitability is not considered, neither the success of the young person is considered nor the happiness. What is important here is the fulfillment of the wishes of the family, the younger adoption of the choice of profession made by the family.
Another erroneous behavior in some families is that the young person is left completely unassisted, unsupported and unattended in the choice of profession. Families who are not able to guide their children in this regard think that they are free from responsibility by being indifferent to their choice of profession.
In addition to these families, which have negative effects on the development of their children, there are also families who try to guide their children in choosing their professions, who guide them by considering their abilities, knowledge, skills and interests and do not avoid any sacrifices. Although it contradicts its own desires and aspirations, the family that approves and supports the choice of the child is not absent. Although there are not many numbers, the existence of families that positively and consciously affect the profession choice of their child cannot be denied. However, many well-intentioned and understanding parents are in trouble of not helping their child in this regard. Because the problem of choosing a profession is solved by itself, it is now far behind.