It’s very crucial to help your child to prepare after high school. Sometimes it is hard to see that your child is an adult now, but with the proper approach, the transition for the child will be rewarding.
Technical School or college:
Most parents begin their research at the start of the end of the senior year. But nowadays teen need start early to meet deadlines and also since extensive research is involved.
Make the child write down a list of accomplishments and goals, even if they have not made the decision yet on the field of study. Make sure the list consist of awards, class rank, scores of ACT, SAT or AP, extracurricular activities, etc.
For other programs and scholarship information, you can ask college financial aid offices, the employer offering scholarship programs and also the school counsellor.
Options for the job:
In case going to college is not an option or the teen needs extra time to earn money, then send them to work. The work may offer a lot of benefits and choices like tuition reimbursement programs and health insurance.
If the child is not sure what to decide about the future, then the military is a very good option. The child will learn a lot in armed forces like earning money, saving for college, discipline, learning a trade, etc. In case the teen needs specific training for going through military then, include that in the contract. Make sure the teens understands the pros and cons of a military career.
It is very good if the child goes to work immediately after high school, as it will help them learn how to write a resume, search for employment and also develop interviewing skills. A lot of companies reimburse the money the employees pay for continuing education related to their field of work.
One more option is an internship. In a year, the child can go for three or two internships to know career choices. The con is that most internships are not paid and they have to plan before if they are saving money for the living expenses. It also helps to develop mentoring relationships and make contacts.
Taking time off:
Having a break between high school and “real world” can be of great benefit for some children. This can be a good time to live in foreign country, do community service or even a good time to go for travelling.There is a huge range of choices that teens can match their skills and interests in Community service organizations. Community service programs are provided by also religious
There is a huge range of choices that teens can match their skills and interests in Community service organizations. Community service programs are provided by also religious organisations.
While going for a Community service ask the child to speak to a previous participant as it will give a realistic view than promotion material. The teen should understand that the brochure will look different from reality like work and service camps in developing countries. The teen should also understand that the rewards of community service outweigh the hardships.Also keep in mind that taking time off will not put a teen in disadvantage. It will be an advantage for children who underwent international service or internship.
Also keep in mind that taking time off will not put a teen in disadvantage. It will be an advantage for children who underwent international service or internship.
Keep in mind that it’s your teen’s life:
Here are some steps which help.
Make sure you listen to your child well and avoid giving unsolicited advice. Tell your teen story or two about tough choice, as it would be reassuring.
Always give support and respect, never try to direct the child’s future. It will give the
opportunity for them to grow problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Never set limits on how much to financially support a teen while taking a time off as it gives them an opportunity to learn independence.