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Has your son/daughter just finished their compulsory schooling? Is he/she still unsure of what to do or where to go? Are you at your wit’s end with how you can help?

This is a common feeling that parents go through as they want what’s best for their child, who is now growing up. In the following blogs, a few practical tips will be provided to help you get through this stressful phase.

  • Be aware of the range of opportunities available

Be it furthering one’s education or entering the world of work, there are several opportunities around and it is important to know which these are and what they entail. Furthering one’s education can take place locally or abroad and may take several forms. There are also numerous public and private educational/employment institutions.

 

  • Keep one’s eyes and ears open

It is important to be informed about different open days/information sessions/ career fairs etc. in order to encourage your son/daughter to attend and get a clearer picture of what lies ahead. Most especially, it is crucial to pencil in one’s diary important application dates and deadlines.

 

  • Support your child in discovering their strengths and weaknesses

It is vital to remind your teenage child of their strengths by providing positive feedback on the things they are good at. However, it is of equal importance to also draw attention to their weaknesses and address them in a sensitive manner. It is essential to strike a healthy balance between the two. You should be realistic about your son/daughter’s potential and brainstorm how they could bring out their innate strengths, to pursue their best self.

 

  • Encourage their individuality

There is a fine line between helping your child in their decisions and making their decisions for them. Make sure not to impose your dreams or fears on them, but be there as a supporting shoulder all the way. It is your child who will be studying/working and therefore needs to be happy and confident in what they choose. Finally, always remember that your son/daughter is unique.

 

Ann Julene Hili is a Career Guidance Practitioner with Willingness. She specializes in working with teens and young adults who are in their educational and career transitions. She can be contacted on annjulene@willingness.com.mt.