The best way that I feel that you can help your kids decide their future is by listening to them and saying what they like. Sometimes we have to ask questions to get answers because in most cases students won’t talk to you outwardly you kind of have to pull teeth to get answers in some cases.
College is not for everybody, college was not for my brother, college was not from my sister, but I could’ve stayed in there forever!! Knowing that it’s not for everybody is important but there are also tons of other things to consider like trade schools, or other professions that don’t require college such as truck driving or a banker just to name a few.
Help them realize the avenues like trade schools are not bad ( they sometimes can have a negative connotation to them) and you could make a really good living off of a trade career. On top of having a really good job you don’t have any student loans that you have to pay back so that’s like an added bonus!
I would for sure ask them what is they like to do, what they could see themselves doing in the next 10-15 years, what they’re passionate about, and what they’re excited about.
Some people genuinely don’t know and that’s OK, everybody that goes to college doesn’t know exactly what they’re going to do, I certainly didn’t! Overtime they will figure it out.
If they don’t have an idea right then and there, all you can do is be there for them as a sounding board or resource, they may come back after they’ve graduated or after they’ve moved on to another grade be there for them to help them talk through those things.
I have cousins that have made a living out of being in the military and they haven’t been overseas fighting in wars! Some are in Air Force! This is always a great option and depending on what you do you’ll never have to fight in the war, and you may even get to travel the world!
Lorie recommends the following next steps:
- I will start by just asked him questions fillers there are also assessments and aptitude tests that can point a student in the right direction career wise. I would start with that as well!