My daughter turned 15 last January. I have been behind her back now that she’s on her last year in high school. It was time to decide on her college degree.
As I have said in my previous blog, I’m currently an “online” mom. Helping my daughter decide which college course to take is a little bit difficult because of our distance. Today, I did some search on Google for some articles on how to choose the right college course. Honestly, nobody taught me this when I was in high school. Yeah, they have this career orientation but it was not enough. It didn’t prepare me for the harsh realities of life after college. Also, I just picked the course which my high school buddies was going to take. In short, I might have made the wrong choice.
Now that I’m a mom, I find it a great deal to spend time and help my daughter out in planning her future.
Here are some points that I ask my daughter to answer before choosing the path to her lifelong future profession:
1. Reviewing real life professions- I’m doing this in reverse. Instead of asking her what course to take, I asked her which job she thinks or feels that she can do and enjoy doing it. So, I gave my daughter links to the list of top paying jobs of 2014. After choosing at least 10 kinds of jobs, we can now link it back which program she can take to be able to apply for that job. Honestly, I prefer to teach my kids to be entrepreneurs. I don’t know why schools don’t teach us to be bosses anyway. Most of the time, we are taught how to be employees rather than employers. In the end, it’s really all about making money.
2. Selection- Showing her a list of courses, I asked her to choose at least 5 and rank them, 1 being her first choice and 5 being her last.
3. Assessment- Is this the course what she wants? Will it bore her or will she get fed up with it after some time? Choosing what she wants will get her more chances of enjoying working with it in the future. I learned my lesson when it was too late already. Got myself in a course where I was just studying it to pass. It didn’t give me any gratification. I didn’t feel excited to learn. So this time, I will make sure my daughter will like her college program and not be pressured by her peers.
I want my kids to develop long-term planning and good attitude towards work. Just taking any course isn’t good enough now a days. Life is not as easy as it was before. We will all end up working just to pay for a living. Providing the best education for our kids is like arming them for the future. It’s the best gift that parents can give to their children and our children to theirs.