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Par­ents have ex­pec­ta­tions for their

chil­dren; that’s nat­u­ral. But let­ting those hopes guide your ca­reer choices can cause un­nec­es­sary angst. Maybe you want to switch ca­reers but you’re afraid your par­ents will be dis­ap­pointed. Or per­haps you want to move to a new city or coun­try but are wor­ried about aban­don­ing them.

These are real con­cerns, but it’s

im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that we tend to think we know what peo­ple ex­pect of us when we ac­tu­ally don’t. So write down what’s im­por­tant to you and what you want out of your ca­reer, and then talk with your par­ents to align your ex­pec­ta­tions.

The goal of this con­ver­sa­tion is to

clar­ify what they re­ally think and want from you. Af­ter these can­did con­ver­sa­tions, peo­ple of­ten re­alise they were wrong about what their par­ents ex­pected of them — usu­ally there’s more sup­port and ac­cep­tance than peo­ple thought.

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