How to help your child make the right decision after High School

It seems absurd that someone’s career can be decided so early on in their life when they are only 17 years of age and as a parent it can be hard to know how to help your child reach a decision about their whole future. 


You want them to be successful, but happy. Work hard but not TOO hard. You want them to make the right decision but you don’t want to influence them too much and make them feel they have no choice. 

Let us help you by sharing some of the questions we hear from parents all the time and hopefully answering a few along the way.

Should my child go into Higher Education?

Even before considering what Diploma or Degree to study, you would need to determine if to do so at all. Further study after high school can be the pathway to a huge range of career choices, and is a great addition to the CV and skillset. It obviously also equips your child with the necessary qualifications to succeed in a wide variety of professions with greater scope potentially for progressing quicker through the ranks. 

Even if a child isn’t absolutely sure about what career path they want to take, higher education allows the student to start expanding their mind and ‘trying on’ a discipline and direction of thought for size. Highter Education enables them a softer place to land enabling them to learn from their experiences whether positive or negative. Having staff, lecturers and like- minded peers as mentors to help along the way greatly supports their educational journey and development. The same may not be said for those who choose to enter the workforce directly after school to learn ‘on the job’. 

What are they interested in studying?


Secondly, does you child have any idea where they want to go? An industry they are passionate about or have considered? If so, start there and look into different courses and options. For example, if your child is interested in art or drawing, think about where it could take them – they may not want to be an artist but what about an industry- specific outcome such as Animation, or Game Development? If your child is organised and loves music, but perhaps doesn’t want to be a musician, why not study Entertainment Business Management to work in the music industry developing and managing events or talent. There are so many options these days, the idea of choosing to become a Doctor, Lawyer or Teacher ironically now seems limiting. Have them take personality quizzes such as this one to help them not only discover various options but expand their thinking about their future career. 

If your child is still unsure about what they want to do, make sure you pick a course that could lead to a variety of jobs and one that is in demand, rather than hone in on a very specific course. For example, our Digital Design course allows graduates to not only design websites and apps, but also interactive spaces, artistic direction, graphics and a wide variety of other applications. 

Where should they go to study?

Research. Look into different tertiary options. Would they be better suited to smaller class sizes and academic support at a private tertiary institution like JMC Academy or a larger lecture hall of a busy public University? Attend Open Days and get a feel for both. 

It is important to choose a school that has industry professionals teaching, as they not only truthfully know their industry inside-out, but can help the students network and gain industry work placements. All of our tutors are industry professionals, many or most still work in the industry today.  We have compiled a check list here of the top school must-haves that could help you decide which school your child would be happiest at. 

How will we afford this?

Find out about FEE-HELP, scholarships and other government grants that your child could be eligible for. Student Recruitment advisors can help you with the process of applying for any help and grants if you enquire here. 

To find out more about creative courses available at JMC Academy, click here. 

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