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Helping Your Children Decide Their Future

Helping Your Children Decide Their Future

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Are you worried about your children’s future? There are lots of things you can do to encourage their love for learning. You can start them off young and send them to a childminder or nursery where they will learn vital life skills from a young age. As they get older you could send them to the best schools and encourage them to take part in activities after school.

Let’s take a look at three ways you can help your children with their future decisions. 

Job Options

As soon as your child hits secondary school age they should be thinking about what they want to do when they are older. They should have a rough idea by the time it comes to doing their GCSEs. This is because as soon as they finish school they either need to be thinking about attending college or starting an apprenticeship. Speak to them about their options and if they have any particular interests. 

If your child has a specific love for something, such as animals. This could turn into a full-time job if they get the right qualifications. For example, they could become a veterinary nurse or a vet. They will need qualifications for this and that means heading off to college and then potentially university. 


If your child does decide to go down the university route they will need to decide not only which course they are studying, but also which university they want to attend. If they are unsure of which course they want to study but know which university they want to go to they could speak to the course advisers to see if that helps. 

Once the university has been decided you will need to discuss living arrangements with your child. If the university isn’t too far away will they come home each day, or will they need student accommodation? If they want to sleep in the university dorms you will need to apply for this as soon as possible as places get filled. The other option is renting student accommodation through a company. They will have house shares for students all over the place surrounding the university. 


If your child wants to take a gap year in between sixth form and university then explain to them the pros and cons of this. They may only be travelling around locally, however, they could also venture further afield. Their passion might be to help people and in their gap year could visit the less fortunate villages and teach children English or even help the orangutans in Borneo. Whatever they wish to do, it is your job as their parent to encourage them and give them the necessary push they may need. 

Remember if your child wants to travel around the globe they will need to be sure of the rules in each country so they don’t get themselves in any sort of trouble. They might also need vaccinations if travelling to countries with high malaria rates. 

We hope you found this article helpful and your child enjoys whatever path they decide to follow in life.

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