If your child is in high school, you may have started to think about their life after school and how you can help them make informed choices about their future.
Discussions about your child’s future are likely to be based on their ideas about what they would like to do after school.
People often have a range of careers over their lifetime so they don’t need to know right now exactly what they want to do after school; what’s more important is to think about what they’re interested in, good at, or curious about, and to explore their options in these areas.
As a starting point, you might like to start here with your child to explore some ideas about the career paths they might take.
Tips for supporting your child’s future move:
- Start the conversation to see what your child would like to do after they finish high school.
- Listen to your child and pay careful attention to their strengths and interests to gain a sense of the direction they might like to take.
- Attend a parent information session at your child’s school.
- Encourage your child to take part in work experience in areas that interest them to show them what that industry is really like.
- If your child is interested in going to university consider going with them to a university open day to find out more about it.
- Some universities also hold parent information evenings to answer any questions and give you more information about your child’s study options.
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Your child’s subject choices should reflect their strengths and interests, and support their career aspirations. If they enjoy their subjects they’re more likely to do well in them.
Some university courses may also assume students have already learned certain things, so it’s important to check if the course your child is interested in requires them to have completed particular subjects in school. You can do this by contacting universities directly or by looking the courses up in the UAC or VTAC Guides.
Still in Primary School?
If your child is still in primary school or the early years of high school you might like to check out the Enquiring Minds site. This is a fun, interactive site where your child can learn about different careers and what people working in those jobs actually do.
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