Navigating The Subject Selection Process

Navigating subject selection and how it will impact your child’s future


Choosing school subjects is a very important part of your teenager's life, as they take the first steps towards their future career.  However, selecting subjects that complement a career pathway can be a very challenging process. There are various issues that need to be considered. You can help your teenager by discussing the options and exploring how different choices could affect their future.

Here are some tips for helping your teen select their secondary school subjects:
 
  1. Discuss with them which subjects they enjoy, or don't enjoy.
  2. Look at the subjects they are good at, or not so good at.
  3. Assess what options are available at their school.
  4. Are there subjects they must study - either because they are compulsory, or necessary to qualify for their chosen tertiary course or career?
  5. Chat about their interests and talents outside of school. Although you want your clildren to look to the future and choose subjects that will help them towards a career they are interested in, they should also consider what they are passionate about. A student is far more likely to succeed in these subjects than in those they feel they 'must' study.
  6. Encourage your child to talk to their teachers - in particular those who teach the subjects they are interested in. They can then get a feel for what the course content includes.
  7. Discuss the range of subjects your child is considering, and will it keep their career options open in the future?
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