One of the biggest decisions that a teenager has to make is deciding which field to study in college. For many teens, this can be a difficult decision. Some teens have many interests that are hard to narrow down. Other teens may not be passionate about any particular fields. Here are some tips that you can use to help guide your teen down the path to choosing a major in college:
1. Stimulate the thought process
If your child mentions a specific field of study that he or she is interested in, ask them why they are interested in it. For example, if the teen mentions that they want to major in economics, ask them what kind of job they would want to get with that degree after they graduate college. The object is to get your teen to seriously think about their life and career 10 years down the road. You want them to consider if they would be happy in a certain career for an extended period of time. After your teen has had some time to ponder these issues, they may decide against going down a career path that they were previously considering.
2. Identify areas of interest
If your teen is finding it difficult to choose a major, ask them to tell you all the careers that they have thought about pursuing. Do not make them feel pressured to make a decision just to get it out of the way. However, you need to stress the importance of this decision on their life. Have your teen make a list of potential careers and then make a list of positives and negatives for choosing that career. A list like this can be a useful tool in allowing the teen to fully understand the impact of the choice they are making.
3. Incorporate a financial component
You need to have your teen consider how much money they will be making in their chosen profession. There are many websites where salary information for various careers can be found. If your teen finds out the salary of a chosen career is not as high as they had hoped, they may reconsider their decision.
4. Encourage discovery
After your teen has focused on a degree choice, have them explore exactly what that degree can do for them. Many college websites have lists of degrees with corresponding careers. This would be a good place for your teen to start. By doing this type of research, your teen may discover a potential career that they had never considered before. For example, Workplace Health Manager is a sought after job offered by many large corporate. One can become a Workplace Health Manager by obtaining an HBA Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
5. Develop a plan
Once your teen has narrowed the focus of the careers that they are interested in, help them with setting up a realistic plan with which they can use to obtain their goal. This plan will involve choosing a college that has a respected degree program in the area of study your teen is interested in. You will also need to look into financial and academic requirements for attending that college.
Written by Jasmine Gadd for HBA Learning Centre Australia.