To help your child decide on a possible career, ask these 4 simple questions:
- What are your favourite subjects at school?
- Why do you like those subjects? (Are they just fun or are you really interested in the subject?)
- What other interests do you have?
- What could be the possible careers branching from these interests and likes?
Once you’ve done this with your teen, sit down and research these careers. Use the internet to search for what subjects you would need to study for this career and for what it entails exactly.
If I can ask one thing from all parents, it would be this: PLEASE BE HONEST WITH YOUR TEENS – BUT NOT BRUTAL! I always wanted to be a marine biologist but my grasp of science is lacking quite a bit, so no, marine biology is not for me. If my parents had not been honest with me, I would probably be stuck behind a science book and going nowhere slowly…
If your teen really can’t decide on a career, suggest a career assessment test. Try careercolleges.com, for an online test. Vaal University of Technology offers career guidance as does Unisa and many others. Unisa even offers its own advice on choosing a career. But remember – these are just guidelines. I did one and it confirmed my love for writing and the fact that I wanted to be a journalist.
Thankfully I found a career that I love and I have the support of my family, but so often teens get confused and frustrated with not knowing what to do with their lives. Most teens end up in a dead end job but have no confidence to go out and find something they love.
Parents need to be involved with their children’s future. After all, whether we admit it or not, all teenagers look to their parents for the guidance, support and that final bit of approval.
How did you help your teen decide what to do after matric? Do they know what they want to study or if they want to at all?