How to Coach Your Adult Child Into a Career

Look Beyond the Paycheck

If at all possible, support your child's decision to take an unpaid or low-paying internship in his or her chosen field while living at home. Even unpaid volunteer work can lead to great skills and connections. Times are tough for many families, and we get it if you're eager for your son or daughter to take any paying job that comes his or her way. But consider whether a part-time evening or weekend job might help cover bills and basic expenses while your new graduate builds the experience needed to land a permanent, paid position in a profession they love.

What if your child has grown discouraged with the job search, or you get the feeling that you care about their employment status way more than they do? Read on.