The best approach for parents is to acknowledge that choosing a program is a difficult decision at college age and in today’s context. Maybe you have already questioned your own career choices or have a different career than the one you imagined when you were 16 years old. Maybe you’ve never done what you dreamed about. Share these thoughts and feelings with your child! You also know their strengths, interests, values and weaknesses, which can help them choose a program that suits them well.
Think and explore before you choose
“Getting into the right program” is a big decision for youth. It requires a lot of thought and research in which you can play a valuable role: Open-house visits, guidance counsellors, workplace professionals, and cégep websites are all good resources.
Refer to the Guidance for my child section for tips and tools to support them in their choice of program and career.