In the first part of this blog we discussed some tips on how to practically help your eldest child during their final year of secondary school. Below, we will look into other ideas of how to make this coming scholastic year a fruitful one.
– Attend Information Meetings, Fairs and Open Days
During the next scholastic year, you, but most especially your son/daughter will be bombarded with information meetings, visits, fairs and open days (yes bombarded!) This is done in order for the students to be informed about all the options available to them, after compulsory schooling. If and when possible, it is advisable to attend to hear about the different opportunities that your son/daughter has. Furthermore, it is very important to encourage your teenager to attend, even if they might not be totally interested in the area being discussed/presented. This is because a lot of useful information is provided during these sessions, most of which is information that the students do not know about. This will help them make an informed decision, later when they need to decide which route to take, be it academic, vocational or applied.
- Help them find their passions and interests
During this hectic year, your son/daughter will not only be sitting for very important exams, but will need to make what will probably be their first important decisions related to their career path. Help them set challenging, yet achievable goals by recognizing their successes and supporting them through their mistakes.
- Ask a professional, don’t rely on hearsay
When making any significant decision in life, it is important to seek advice. When it is a career related one, it is even more important to do so. However, it is essential that one seeks advice from professionals, especially if one needs specific information regarding certain courses and/or career options. It is important to obtain information which is correct and up to date, as erroneous information may lead your son/daughter to miss on important opportunities.
– Give importance to rest
Although this coming year will be a very busy one, for you and your teen, remember that resting is essential. Let them continue to do their extra-curricular activities, and encourage them to keep their hobbies. However, always remind them what their priorities are. Also remember that getting a good night’s sleep is essential.
The most important things that you can do during the coming challenging months is to be present in your teen’s life. A crucial year lies ahead and you will have a major influence.
Career Coaching Your Teens: A Guide for Parents (2008), Government of Alberta.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 79291817.