As a parent there’s nothing more exhilarating (or stressful) than helping your children choose a study pathway.
When it comes to careers there is a lot to consider, and in such a short period of time too, and so it’s important to be as helpful and realistic as possible when it comes to guiding our children to studying something they really want to.
That in mind, you should be on the lookout for a few telltale signs to help foster your child’s future career path and get them into a field they’re really going to enjoy. You do know them better than anyone else, after all.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at a few points when it comes to helping your child choose what to study.
Don’t Live Through Them!
A tip that goes without saying, though one we must include, is making certain that you’re not living through your child and forcing them into a career path that is something you would want to do.
You may also be doing this without understanding that you are doing it as well, which means being aware of your language and approach to guiding your child into studying a specific topic.
As outlined by Courses, you’ll want to make sure that you’re letting your child know about some strengths or weaknesses they might have forgotten about.
When it comes to choosing a career path or a study path, the excitement and eagerness to enter the workforce can sometimes overthrow rationality and self-awareness, and so bringing your child back down from time to time with some cold hard facts is sometimes needed.
However, a more positive approach than a negative one works the best in this step.
Focus on Passion and Drive
As parents, we all know what our kids love and hate to do. They are typically quite vocal about this.
With this noted, you should always do your best to be on the lookout for a topic or career path that gets your children excited, but also requires attributes that your child offers – and then you’ll be on the right track.
It isn’t a good idea to close off study avenues that your child loves because these fields aren’t high-earners, for example, and so encourage and nurture study decisions that result in your child getting excited regardless of income.
Consider Reaching Out to a Mentor
One avenue that a lot of parents are taking these days is delegating this task to a mentor that better understands career avenues, attributes and skill recognition.
For example, a mentor will be able to work with your child to better understand their strengths, weaknesses and interests and pair these up with the most appropriate study pathways that peak your young adult’s interests.
This is a great, calculated and a rather intelligent way of going about things that won’t result in any added stress on your end.
Always Be Patient
To end our list of tips, we’re suggesting that you be as patient as possible.
You don’t want to rush this choice and you’re also going to want to make sure your child is able to choose a pathway based on what they like and through their research, rather than at the last minute and on a whim because you’re coming off a little too forceful.
Just sit back, relax and nurture an environment of encouragement and positivity and let your child make the choice in their own time.
About the Author
Lucy Mitchell is the content manager at Current.com.au. From Sydney, Australia, Lucy specialises in home improvement, DIY and tech writing. She loves staying up to date with industry news so she can bring well researched, timely and accurate information to her readers.