Helping Kids & Teens Find Direction

Helping Kids & Teens Find Direction

From choosing a major to more than “finding passion,” career coach Jason Levin shares tips for parents to help kids discover their unique path

by Steve Silvestro, MD  @zendocsteve


As parents, we can plant the seeds, but our kids have to do the growing themselves.

That’s a great-sounding quote (hey, feel free to share it!), but it’s not always easy for us parents to swallow.

Why? Because we want our kids to succeed, we want the best for them.

As a result, it can be so hard to find that balance between a nudge in the right direction and letting them take their own steps, versus leading them hand-in-hand down the path with the idea of protecting them so that they don’t fail…..which, as anyone who’s followed me long enough knows, is a sure way lead to failure in the end.

So whether you have young kids or a teen who’s off to college, the question becomes this: How do we help our kids and teens find direction, to find themselves and their own path, without inserting OURselves in the way? How do we nudge our kids in a way that helps them become who they want to be?

To get the answer, I turned to career and outplacement coach Jason Levin…….

Jason Levin founded Ready, Set, Launch, LLC after a career in brand management at Unilever, consulting at Accenture and employer branding at  He helps his clients execute successful business development strategies, define their personal brand, get a promotion, land that next job, make a career change or transition into retirement.  Jason also enjoys speaking on and moderating panels and presenting career and business development seminars and webinars at staff retreats, conferences and training sessions. Jason has appeared on WTTG Fox 5 and CTV News and has been quoted in The Wall Street JournalMoneyFortune and MarketWatch on business development and career-related topics.

Most importantly to me, Jason is a good friend whose advice I can always be assured will nudge ME in the right direction.

We sat down at his house over lunch and recorded this conversation that I believe you and your family will find invaluable in helping your kids find their own path.

Take a listen on your favorite podcast app or in the player below:


In This Episode, We Talk About:

  • Why “what do you want to be when you grow up” is a bad question—and what we should be asking our kids instead
  • The “treadmill of goals” that might leave our kids asking, “So, what now…?”
  • The problem with focusing on passion
  • What types of conversations parents can have with kids & teens to help them find their path
  • The strengths and weaknesses that parents naturally have in this conversation
  • How our own desires for our kids might actually NOT be in our kids’ best interests
  • What type of summer job will help your kids most
  • The secret skills successful kids need to develop
  • Why we all need to learn how to sell
  • How to help teens find a major
  • Thoughts on delaying college & grad school, and how the change in the economy to the “gig economy” has altered the way career planning plays out
  • …and a whole lot more!

This is an episode that I know I’m personally going to be emailing to friends of mine who have teenagers & forward-thinking kids. If you want to share this episode out on social media, share the link

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