All parents want their kids to succeed in life. Whether at school, in their extracurricular activities or career choices, parents cherish and dream about their kids’ future.
Contrary to the general view, parents are number one factor to support their kids making the wrong education decision.
“Students change their major at least three times over the course of their post-secondary education” according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Several researches conducted in Canada and the Unites States shows respectively that 66% and 80% of students end up choosing the wrong post-secondary programs and career path due several factors including pressure from their parents and close circle of friends.
Wait a second… Did I hear this right!
Due to the fast changing environment in the workplace combined with evolving careers and new skills required by employers, parents are not equipped and knowledgeable enough to provide proper guidance in term of programs of studies and career prospects as they have limited knowledge and they cannot keep up.
Students deal with enormous pressure to perform well at school, to maintain good relationships with their peers, and to manage the parents! Yes, the parents!
This is why it is important for parents to ensure rather than to pressure their kids to make wrong program choices that lead them to careers that are not fit with their ambitions, it is critical for parents to support their kids by giving them the right tools and guidance to make those choices.
A new web platform was recently launched in Ontario and currently expanding in Canada, kliq.ca, empowers students to visualize many educational paths based on their grades, personality, career options and interests
This platform allows to students to have meaningful discussions with career counselors, parents and friends by being informed about the different options available to them, and ultimately making an informed and educated decision.
Empower your kids to make decisions when it comes to education. So next time you want to have a conversation with your grown-ups, give them the tool, let them discover their paths, and support their journey. After all, their success is yours!
Source: Issam Elhaje – Linkedin