“So what are you going to do once exams are over?"
It’s a question many soon-to-be school leavers love to answer – especially those who’ve already got solid ideas about their future and plans to make it happen.
But for a lot of teens, the question stirs up a sense of dread. Why? They don’t know what they want for dinner that night, let alone what they want to do for their whole entire life.
And you know what? That’s perfectly normal.
The thing is, trying to decide when you’re still in high school what comes next can be incredibly daunting, and the fear of making the ‘wrong choice’ (spoiler alert: there isn’t a ‘wrong choice’) is very real – which is why we chatted to Cara Vanzini, Australian Catholic University (ACU) Careers Advisor, about how parents can help their kids decide on the right career path for them.
“Selecting a career path can be very stressful for young people,” explained Cara, who is focussed on assisting students as they transition into the next phase of their education.
“In my experience, young people think they have to pick a career now for the rest of their lives, which most of us know is not the case,” she added.
Yes, it can be an overwhelming prospect, but luckily, Cara has plenty of helpful tips and suggestions for parents to help their kids make their next move.
For one thing, “attendance at university Open Days, such as those offered each year at ACU, are a great way to explore study options for those careers that require a degree qualification,” Cara explained.
ACU Open Days offer the perfect opportunity to find out more about different courses and study options, plus meet the staff and students and check out the campuses. It’s a good idea to go with your teen early in their senior school years, so they can start seeing what’s on offer before the pressure of Year 12 is upon them.