There is life after finishing school

2016-10-27 06:00

MATRIC pupils began final exams on Tuesday and after 12 years of studying, homework, teachers, extra tuition, thousands will have to start all over again as they begin their tertiary education.

As if studying is not stressful enough, there is the added burden teenagers carry, worried that they will disappoint their parents as they obtain their results and make a career choice.

According to a Margate counselling psychologist, Bernadine James, parents must remember that their child is unique.

“Parents must not make the mistake of living out of their child’s dreams. Help you child by exploring their interest, personality, values and subjects they do well in,” she said.

According to a study conducted by the University of Cape Town in 2014, one in five teenagers have considered suicide and that one of the contributing factors to this is parental expectations around academic performance and career choice.

“Suicidal threats and attempts by your child should be taken seriously. Try to reassure your child of you unconditional love despite the marks they have received or their career choice.”

James says that choosing a career after matric does not mean you are choosing a career for life as you are constantly exposed to new situations and opportunities.

She added there is something for everyone when it comes to educational growth, whether it is a university, a university of technology or a technical college.

“If these are not in the cards for you, perhaps then ask yourself if your values are more caring and support based or is it more to do with leading and persuading people.”

She added that there were many options available to suit everyone’s academics and strengths. Here are some of the options.

Caring and/or supportive: career in teaching, librarianship, medical paramedic or a nurse.

Persuading and/or leading: public relations, advertising tourism, business management, human resources.

Methodical: accounting, business administration, bookkeeping, secretarial studies.

Analytical: engineering, architectural design, laboratory work, environmental science.

Creative: journalism, graphic design, music, acting.

“For all these opinions remember to explore not just universities but universities of technology, technical colleges and private colleges,” she said,

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