During their secondary school, students may begin to question the importance of a college education. They might find themselves asking, “Why is it important to go to college?” The answer is that, more than ever, attending college provides opportunities for graduates which are not as widespread to those who have not received a higher education. The global economy is becoming increasingly more competitive, and in order to give oneself the best chance for a well-paying job, one must first understand the importance of college education. At this point of time the role of parents becomes essential and important as guiding the students in the right direction becomes crucial in their career path.
Parent’s Role in Degree College:
Parents play a very vital role in their child’s degree years, be it guiding them about the right courses or colleges based on their potentials and interest or be it advising them about what to expect from college life, or be it motivating them and preparing them for a tough career life ahead!!! It becomes easier for students if their parents be their support system through their college years.
Be Supportive and Stand by your child:
Degree is a time when your child is exploring his career options. Parent’s supports and motivation can play a key role in sustaining the child’s confidence in his search. Degree college is a time when an individual looks for independence, want to take his own decisions uninterfered by parents. Therefore it becomes necessary that parents show their concern at the same time not try and take all decisions for their child as they used to do, rather let them be on their own and guide them and lend your support whenever you fell they are going wrong. Be their friend and Guide!!!
Discussions for child’s aspirations:
With globalization career options have widened and there are lot many lucrative careers that are open for youngsters these days. It becomes essential for an individual to know where his interest lies so that he can back it up with a degree to end up in the career of his choice. Engage in healthy career related discussion so that your child will get a clear picture of how to go about and at the same time will try to understand and explore his interest and he becomes aware of newer career options.
Help explore career options:
Having practical idea of different career options can help giving a clearer picture to an individual regarding what they want to do. Do they enjoy the work?? And do they envision themselves in that respective area of work?? Provide opportunities (like workplace visits and volunteer work) that can support your child’s aspirations and broaden their horizons. A part time job will given them a better picture of the career options they are aspiring for as well as help them in exploring their area of interest.
Career action plan:
Help your child map out his career plans so as that he has a clear career line to follow! A career action plan allows one to set clear priorities regarding ones career and establish a vision of where they want to be at a certain point in their life, whether it’s five or 10 years into their career. The plan allows assessing the strengths and weaknesses. It also allows to evaluate job advancement opportunities as they become available. At the same time, a career action plan has enough flexibility to it that one can adjust their goals and timelines, as necessary.
Changing role of parents- Become an Adviser
Simply said, the goal of parenting is to produce an independent and functioning adult. With this in mind, the role of a parent with a child in college should change to become advisory in capacity: to provide lots of support, encouragement, when needed. During the stage of late adolescence, young adults want to begin to stretch their wings of independence. They want to call their own shots. This is the time for parents to learn the delicate art of diplomacy.
How this change to an advisory role works out in real life depends largely upon the groundwork you’ve laid up until now. Parents who have maintained a high degree of control over their teenager during the high school years will have a different experience than the parents who have slowly but steadily allowed their child to become more independent. The point for parents to focus on, regardless of previous parenting styles, is to help your son or daughter make a successful transition to the more independent lifestyle students experience on college campus.