more than once parents contact the Central Student Advisory and as for guidance how to best support their child with the decision for a university programe.
The following ten points stem from our experience with this situation. Additionally, you can hear a podcast on the subject.
Central Student Advisory
10 impulses and a podcast
1. Don't try to be smarter than your child.
2. Encourage your child early to become aware of his or her strenghts at school and outside of school.
3. Support your child in its hobbies and interests.
4. Encourage your child to look not only at the academic contents of programmes, but also on the professional reality and opportunities afterwards. Which skills are needed besides to the academic knowledge?
5. Talk with your child about the society and world of tomorrow: What kind of job does your child want to perfom in this society, what impact to make on the world? And which programme leads to this aim?
6. Encourage your child to research academic programmes, try out internships and test practical job experience.
7. Share your own professional experience with your child.
8. In this, do not only stress what you do today, but also the steps that led to your decision.
9. Encourage your child in finding a personal and professional goal in life.
10. Let your child take over responsibility for itself.
Parents' influence on study choices