From Uncertainty to Clarity: How Careers Advice Can Help Your Teen

As parents, we want nothing but the best for our teenagers as they navigate their journey into adulthood. The final years of school can be a pivotal time, filled with important decisions that will shape their future.

But what happens when our teens lack motivation, direction, or are at risk of making the wrong choices?

This is where the invaluable help of a qualified Careers Advisor comes into play.

Careers advice makes it easier for school leavers to avoid costly mistakes

Mistakes that kids make

Leaving school is both exciting and daunting for young people. Your child may have a very clear idea of what lies ahead, but equally, your 15 to 18 year old may have absolutely no clue about what they want to do when they ‘grow up’.

When the news flash comes that they are ‘almost’ grown up and need to start making some grown up decisions, the pressure can not only start to affect them, but you too.

This is where many families find value in supporting their high schoolers with a careers and further education assessment.

Independent careers advice, provided by a qualified, experienced, independent careers advisors who is separate from school, can provide young people and their parents with the expert guidance they need to make informed decisions.

How to get good careers advice for your high schooler

The advantages of independent careers advice

Expert Guidance

Navigating the vast landscape of career options can be overwhelming for both teenagers and parents. Careers advisors have the expertise and knowledge necessary to provide accurate and up-to-date information about various jobs, industries, and educational pathways. If your child is considering options like an internship, ‘Gap Year’, university Early Entry programs, traineeship, job with a career path or comparing TAFE with university course, the guidance of a careers advisor can help your teen make well-informed decisions based on their interests, skills, and aptitudes.

Reduce the Chance of Making Expensive Mistakes

Making uninformed decisions about post-school education can result in financial burdens down the road. Currently, more than 3 million Australians have a HECS (Higher Education Loans Program) debt that totals more than $74 billion. When young people go to uni but change direction or leave halfway through their course, they run the risk of paying for study they will never use. When they stay at uni, but change the course they are studying, the time they spend at university increases and so does the costs as they pursue a new degree. A careers advisor can help your teen avoid unnecessary expenses and future regrets by guiding them toward educational paths suited to their interests and aptitudes. An investment in professional advice before school ends can prevent wasted time, money, and the costly HECS fees that many young people carry for years after they have left school.

Leaving school without the right careers advice can lead to costly mistakes for teenagers

Explore More Options

The world is brimming with diverse career possibilities that your teenagers may not even be aware of. The world of work has changed since most parents and teachers entered it too, so it’s natural to be a little unsure about what is really out there for your child right now. Careers Advisors play a vital role in expanding teenagers’ horizons by introducing them to a wide range of career options. They offer valuable insights into educational institutions, courses, and qualifications relevant to your child’s desired career. They can guide your teenager through the complexities of university applications, scholarships, vocational training, apprenticeships, and other educational opportunities, ensuring they make informed choices.

Personalised Approach

Each teenager is unique, with their own set of strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations. An independent careers advisor has the time to employ a personalised approach to supporting your child and family through important decisions. By assessing your child’s individual profile through interviews, assessments, and discussions, your child’s careers advisor can provide tailored guidance that aligns with your teen’s unique characteristics, helping them explore career options suited to their goals and values.

Independent careers advice outside of school can help teenagers to make better decisions

Decision-Making Support

Teenagers faced with life-altering decisions can experience anxiety and uncertainty. Let’s face it. They are, in many cases, still just kids who really don’t have much experience of the world and how it works. Careers advisors provide a supportive environment where our teens can openly express their thoughts, concerns, and doubts without fear of judgment. With a structured decision-making process, your child’s careers advisor can help them weigh the pros and cons of different choices, ensuring they make decisions aligned with their long-term prospects and personal values.

The important insights that parents bring

It can be tough for careers teachers to involve parents in students’ careers education program at school. One of the major advantages of having your child supported by an independent Careers Advisor is the chance for you to be involved in the advisory process. When you have the opportunity to support your son or daughter in discussions about different industries, job roles, and educational pathways that may be available to them, your teen and family can discover new possibilities and find paths that truly resonate with them.

Making the Most of Every Opportunity

The final years of school are pivotal for laying the groundwork for future opportunities. A careers advisor can assist your teens in identifying pathways aligned with their interests and goals. They provide strategic guidance on subjects to pursue, extracurricular activities to engage in, and work experiences to gain, maximising your child’s chances of securing future opportunities in their desired field.

Careers Advisors help high schoolers stay motivated

Wise Choices Careers & Further Education Advice

Investing in careers advice for your teenager can unlock a world of possibilities and set them on a path toward a fulfilling and successful future. By harnessing the expertise of qualified, experienced, independent careers advisors, you can provide your children with the guidance, support, and resources they need to make informed decisions about their careers and further education.

Kids First Children’s Services offers the Wise Choices Careers and Further Education Advice program that helps young people unlock their true potential and get the direction they need to have a happy and successful post-school future.

Support is available in both face to face and online formats. Contact Kids First on (02) 9938 5419 or follow the link below for more details.

Careers Advice for High School Students at Kids First Children's Services

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