Transitioning from school to university can be overwhelming, both for your child and for you as a parent or supporter. Here are some ways you can help guide them through their final school years and their first year of university study.
Some high school students have a clear idea what they want to study at university and do for a career. Others feel very unsure – and that's okay.
Remind your child that they're not choosing a single career when they start at AUT. They're just taking the next step in a career journey that will lead to different opportunities. The key is to find something they will enjoy and do well in.
If your child is having trouble deciding what they want to study after school, you can offer them support by encouraging them to consider these questions:
Your child also might find our online subject choice tool useful – check under 'Help choosing school subjects' for details.
Another way you can help is by getting them to think about the type of workplace they’d enjoy working in. For example:
These questions can help your child think about the type of study programme/s that will help them enter a career they’ll both love and excel at. You can also encourage your child to talk to people who are doing jobs your child is interested in.
Your child can find more ideas in our career sheets and by using the job matching site CareerQuest.
Our subject choice tool asks your child questions about their strengths and interests, and suggests subject areas and career futures for them to explore.