‘Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.’
H. Jackson Browne
‘The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.’ Robert Maynard Hutchins
‘The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.’
Sydney J. Harris
A fifteen-year-old teenager is not allowed to:
Yet… fifteen-year-olds are expected to decide on a career they should be following for the rest of their lives!
Last week your teen wanted to be a marine biologist, this week he’s passionate about computers. How can parents and schools guide teens towards the right career? How can you help your teen make the right subject choices?
During Grade 9, learners select the subjects they will be studying for their final school exams. If they don’t select the right subject combination, there is a chance that they will not be able to pursue the degree or field of study they are interested in at university. Some schools offer careers guidance or psychometric testing to help put learners on the right path, but this is often not enough.
University fees take a large portion of a parent’s salary. The last thing you want is for your child to fail because he is studying something he has realised he is not really interested in, or because he has taken a course that is not supported by his natural potential. How can you be sure that your child has selected the career that will be right for him, where he will be appropriately challenged and fulfilled for the rest of his working life?
To guide your teen onto the right career path, an understanding of his natural talents and weak spots is necessary.
Understanding your teen’s GBO Profile will help you identify which passions to pursue as a career. Many people would like to feel passion for their work, but struggle with defining their real passion. Sadly, some parents don't believe it's possible for their teens to get paid for doing what they love, saying that this idea is far-fetched.
The first step in raising the fog to make clear career choices for your teen’s future is to meet with one of our trained Edu-Profilogists™ to better understand his natural talents and where he will need to focus more effort. Please click here to contact us for further information on our careers guidance services.