Some high school students have a strong idea what they want to study at university. Others feel very unsure – and that's okay. It's a big decision and requires time to work through. As a parent, remind your child that they're not choosing a single career when they start their first qualification at AUT. They're simply taking the next step in a career journey that will continue to open up different opportunities. The key is to find something they will enjoy and do well in.
Encourage them to consider:
Encourage them to think about the following:
Informational interviewing is a great way to find out about jobs and the workplace. This involves talking to people who are doing a job that sounds interesting and asking what the job, company, industry is like. As a parent you can help your child get in touch with a range of people by tapping into networks in your workplace, community, church or sports club.
It's really important for your child to realise their initial decision about tertiary study doesn't determine the rest of their life. It's just the next step along the way. Choosing a major doesn’t limit people to a single career path, just as choosing a job doesn’t limit people to just the one major. In fact, after 10 years in the workforce, few people work in jobs directly related to their undergraduate majors.
Many students also change majors after their first year once they’ve discussed their situation with student advisors and career consultants.