Is your child being pressured to choose study subjects which may have a direct impact on their future careers? There is so much burden on our young people these days… This is why it’s very important they have a parent or trusted adult in their lives to help guide them through this maze. Our children need to know the importance of making wise choices for their futures as well as how to cope with the demands of studying.
Some school careers counselling programs can be very persuasive, yet sometimes this leads to undue pressure on our children. On the other hand, I often hear wonderful things from parents who say they follow their child’s ‘passion’ and let him or her choose their own subjects for study at school and university. They go on to explain that “their direction has come from within themselves and that’s what matters most”. While these can be inspiring stories, it’s no guarantee that a child’s passion will lead to a rewarding career in adulthood. Neither is it certain that choosing a guaranteed high-earning career will bring them joy in the years to come.
The key here is to find the middle ground. Instead of just saying “Be a doctor!” or “Follow ya heart , kid….” we should inform our children about the broader scope of study routes – and the full range of job opportunities that come with their interests as well as those with highly regarded subjects.
Let’s explore some of the more popular degree subjects and find out if your kids’ passions lie within these areas. As you will see, these are usually not always compulsory school subjects, but ones that provide degrees to make them very employable in reputable careers after school:
Accountants are now accountable for more than just helping people start a business (pun not intended). They often oversee financial services aimed at assisting customers in their daily lives – offering advice on everything from tax returns to mortgages. It is rewarding way to work with figures, learn how to manage money, and even lead a team. It is definitely one of the most popular subjects from college level and above, has great career prospects which can open doors in many varied spheres.
There are all kinds of jobs available in this field from book-keeping through to financial planning. The skills you learn at university or college will make you very employable for various jobs in the business sector including banking, auditing, management, many a role in government departments etc. You can even set up your own business after some training, which will be rewarding financially and independence-wise too! The possibilities are endless…
Career options include but not limited to: Accountant , Auditor, Business Manager , Financial Analyst , Taxation Consultant,Bookkeeper, Financial Analyst, Accountant , Personal Assistant.
Skills needed to be an accountant: Accounting, Analytical Skills, Attention to Detail, Communication skills, Computer Literate , Confidence with figures.
A law degree opens the door to a rewarding career as a lawyer or solicitor practicing in criminal and civil litigation – where you would need to attend court often. Besides this, it can also be a lucrative option for public service lawyers working in government departments administering laws of the country – where you can make use of reasoning and persuasive speaking abilities!
What you learn at university/college will give you an insight into the business world, administrative procedures, commercial laws and social scientific principles. You will also need to study writing skills and research methods in your university degree. These are also highly transferrable skills that can help obtain lucrative roles in other sectors.
Career options include but not limited to: Barrister, Judge, Solicitor.
Skills needed to be a lawyer or solicitor: Problem-solving skills, Basic computer knowledge, Creative and analytical writing abilities, Communication skills (public speaking).
3. Marketing & Sales
Why are some products more expensive than others? How do you prove the quality of your service before selling it to someone? Marketing graduates are the ones who can answer these questions. Businesses all over the world are striving to make sure their customers get good deals on products and services today, especially with these tough economic times. The role of marketing has developed into more than just advertising in media outlets like TV or newspapers – it is now about understanding customer needs and providing them with satisfaction and value in the products and services they receive.
Skills needed for this degree: Creative thinking (advertising), Customer service skills, Creative writing abilities , Communication skills (public speaking).
Career options include: Advertising Executive, Copywriter , Event Manager, Information Manager , Promotions Officer, Public Relations Officer.
Our young people see what we don’t believe is possible. They are literally the eyes and hands that shape the future. When we watch scientists creating new medicines in laboratories or making our cars lighter and more fuel efficient, we must acknowledge the great contributions being made in the engineering sector. Our children can learn so much in school just by having a go at experiments that engineers conduct in science labs to test their theories! By taking this to the next level, they can have a fruitful career, change the future for the better, and enhance our and their lives.
Career options include but not limited to: Chemical Engineer , Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Programmer, A.I. specialist.
Skills needed for this degree: Problem-solving skills (engineering), Mathematical abilities , Technical writing and communication skills, Creative thinking, Analytic thinking, Eye for detail.
5. Physical Sciences / Technologist (Science Technician)
We sometimes think that Science Technology is only about growing plants in a lab or dissecting frogs in biology class. They don’t realise that employers are always on the lookout for people with science related degrees to help them solve problems in their business operations whether it’s making sure the products they make in their factory are safe for consumers or ensuring the data collected by technicians and engineers is reliable and up to date. Our children love building things. With the help of great ST teachers, they can learn which materials they can build their inventions from and how they can make them stronger and more efficient using special tools. These inventions span the full spectrum of science and young minds can apply themselves to solving problems and developing useful tools to help humanity propel itself into the future with confidence.
As mentioned in the engineering section, our children learn so much in science classes where they discover how physical processes in our environment operate: from the way our human bodies work to understanding the difference between living and non-living things. At university/college they will study more advanced topics that they may have learnt at school in traditional sciences of physics, biology and chemistry.
Career options with these qualifications include but not limited to: Analytical Chemist, Biophysicist , Environmental Scientist, Food Technologist , Pharmaceutical Technologist, Forensic Scientist, Civil Engineer, Surveyor , Plumber or Piping Engineer, Carpenter or Wood Machinist, Electrician.
Skills needed for this degree: Problem-solving skills (science), Research methods , Mathematical abilities, Basic computer knowledge, Analytical abilities, Physical abilities (mechanics), Acute observational skills (engineering design process), Detail-orientated and logical.
6. Human/Social sciences
These are so varied and so interesting that our children cannot benefit enough from engaging in this vast field. Such topics allow them to develop study skills, enabnling them to discover more information on different topics. This proves itself an excellent way of broadening understanding of the world around them, and can be applied to a very wide range of career choices.
Career options include but not limited to : Social Worker , Psychiatrist, Psychologist , Sociologist, Criminologist , Geographer.
Skills needed for this degree: Acute observational skills, Communication Skills (self-expression), Critical thinking & reasoning (problem solving).
7. Police / Military Officer
By learning a number of crime solving techniques our children will be well prepared to protect others from harm. They’ll also learn how to collect evidence that will be used in court to help convict criminals. Discipline, training and meticulous attention to detail are invaluable skills that transfer easily into military careers as well as a host of other jobs in various sectors.
Career options include but not limited to: Security Guard, Traffic Policeman, Firefighter , Paramedic, Military Career.
Skills needed for this degree: Basic observational skills (police investigative methods), Physical abilities , Communication skills (public speaking).
Please remember that there are more career opportunities out there than the ones listed above – it all depends on what you’re child is interested in and how hard they work at developing their own unique set of skills or abilities. If they want to pursue a specific degree then it’s all about diving in and dedicating time and effort as much as possible. Remember that it is okay for them to follow their passions too.
That which you love doing most gives you the drive and enthusiasm to best pursue a particular area of study.
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