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What high school students say they want to 'be when they grow up'

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How do we ensure we are effectively preparing learners to make the right career choices for their futures, today? Especially in this economic climate. Supplied/ Caryn Gootkin.
How do we ensure we are effectively preparing learners to make the right career choices for their futures, today? Especially in this economic climate. Supplied/ Caryn Gootkin.

Usually, there are two types of students: those learners who know exactly what career they want to go into after school (A doctor! A lawyer!), and those students who simply have no idea.

Not knowing what you want to do is okay. It's especially true now with Covid-19 bringing about an entirely new learning and working culture. Undoubtedly, the pandemic’s most enduring feature is that it accelerated existing trends, notes marketing guru, Scott Galloway.

We already started learning and working remotely more often pre-pandemic and sought career development that suited our lifestyles. Less commuting, more me time! But how do we ensure we are effectively preparing learners to make the right career choices for their futures, today? Especially in this economic climate.

And as students grapple with the idea of ‘choosing their futures’, we as parents and teachers must remind them continuously that they have a choice. And the time to figure it out.

Being pushed into making a decision, just to make one, is simply never the answer. Making an appointment with an Occupational Therapist can be a good option to guide students onto a career path best suited to them - a bit of guidance in terms of identifying their strengths.

It might just help to ensure that students go on to study the 'correct' course, which subsequently lessens the chance they'll be wasting time studying a tertiary qualification they'll end up disliking or not using in the long term.

Read: Withholding school reports, for any reason, is against the law

They want jobs that 'make a difference' 

According to the Grade 8 - 10 students at the Valenture Institute  jobs that 'make a difference' or that give the freedom to work from anywhere were a big part of their dreams, goals, and aspirations. 

Here are just a few jobs they mentioned:

1. Creative Producer

2. Anime Producer

3. Game Development

4. Astrophysicist

5. Marine biologist

6. Professional Soccer Player

7. RAF (Royal Airforce)

8. Entrepreneur (don't want to study)

9. Writer & Performer

The best advice is probably to ensure students don't wait for one day to live their dreams. To involve themselves now in working towards choosing their future careers by actively investing in their interests during school hours. Preparing for the future of work, today.

Submitted to Parent24 by the Valenture Institute. 

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