High school enrolment is an exciting time for parents and students alike. Your child will finally get the opportunity to explore and deepen their knowledge and skills. It's also a pivotal moment in terms of helping your child choose which subjects they wish to study. But before you start panicking about how they will choose the right school or university courses, here are some tips on how to help guide them through the process.
1) Think about their interests
Although it may seem like there are many different options available when it comes to choosing what to study at high school, there is always a way back to your first love. So instead of pushing them towards a subject that you feel they need to study, like economics or medicine, try to encourage them to choose subjects they actually want to become an expert in. Having an interest in a subject will help your child sustain their studies.
2) Think about their career ambitions
It's also important for parents and students alike to have a realistic idea about what career paths are available with each subject choice. For example, a child who is studying accounting and finance in high school will be in a good position for university courses like economics, commerce or business. And, if they later decide to pursue something else, such as law, they would also have the relevant qualifications with their accounting and business degrees. On the other hand, some creative courses have much more limited career paths. However, studying the arts can help your child to develop soft skills such as problem solving and communication that can then be transferred to other industries.
3) Think about where their academic or creative strengths lie
Some people have talents in both areas, so it will be easier for them than most people to study a range of different subjects. However, the majority of students will naturally excel in one specific area over another. So try and think about which side of the brain your child leans more towards – maths and sciences or English and humanities.
By following these simple steps, you can help your child make the right subject choices that will set them up for a successful future. And remember, it's okay to change their mind along the way – as long as they're enjoying their studies, that's all that matters. If you would like to find out more tips on high school enrolment, you should contact an educational advisor today.