How to convince your parents to let you pursue your passion
Do you ever feel like your parents just don’t understand you? That if you tried to tell them that you don’t want to become an engineer or a doctor, they wouldn’t even know what you’re talking about.
“What else is there if not engineering or medical?”
It’s sad that creative professions like dance, music, art etc. are often looked down upon in India when these are some of the careers that provide best opportunities. The market is saturated with engineers, doctors and Cas, so much so that a lot of graduates often struggles to find a decent job. On the other hand, not only is there a dearth of creative people in every field but it also helps the child’s all-round development.
So, it’s time you have a chat with them about your future.You need to talk to them and tell them about your passion. Let us tell you how to that.
Convince yourself first
Before you try to convince your parents about what you want to do, you need to be sure about it yourself. Think about where your passion and interests lie, what career path provides you with the best opportunity to explore them and if there is an actual scope of a successful career. It would also help to think about 5-10 years down the line and if you can imagine yourself working in the same industry.
List down the opportunities and challenges
Pros and cons lists are a time-tested method of making a rational choice between two or more options. If you want to tell your parents why your choice is a good one, you should tell them the good and bad things about it – the opportunities and challenges of it. Parents always look for stability and job security, and nothing works as well as a list of all the possible job options you’ll have.
Parents love giving examples of the neighbor’s kid or some relative who got into IIT or became a successful doctor or lawyer? Well, you should do the same to convince them that your choice of career also has a scope. Tell them about people who made it big doing what you want to do. Curate a list of success stories that run parallel with yours.
Understand their point of view
While you might think you know better, there is no harm in listening to what they have to say. It’s easy to dismiss what they are saying with a “you don’t understand me” but it only makes sense that if you want them to listen to you, then you should extend them the same courtesy. And who knows, you might just find some truth and wisdom in their suggestion.
Meet them halfway
Your parents might want you to continue studying and get a degree when your heart is set on becoming an actor or a singer. Both sides are understandable – while you should always do what you love, there is no doubt that college degrees help in getting good jobs. So, see if there is a way to do both. For example, you can get a formal education in singing or acting. Not only will this improve your skills but will also make your parents happier.
If you’ve charted out your career plan properly, convincing your parents won’t be a difficult task. If you know your passion and want to follow it then join a course that will help you hone your skills.