?Don?t choose careers for your children?

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Mr Hutchison (middle) hosting a debate on the topic during the programme

Mr Hutchison (middle) hosting a debate on the topic during the programme

Parents have been advised to desist from choosing or forcing their wards to enter into careers that do not give them job satisfaction.

They have been advised to instead assist their wards in identifying their abilities and capabilities in order to enable them make the right choices regarding what they want to do in future.

This advice was given by Mr. Theophilus Aganu, chairman of Practicum II, Group five members of the Psychology and Education Department of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) during a symposium they organized for public Junior High Schools (JHS) in Apam in the Central Region.

The symposium which was on the theme: The need for career guidance in JHS aimed at giving guidance and vital information to the students since adolescents decide on what they want to be in future at that stage.

He also advised teachers to complement the efforts of parents in helping their wards choose their careers through counseling their students since they know them better than their parents.

?Adolescents require a lot of attention because they are going through a critical period of their life when they decide what they want to be professionally for the rest of their lives and this is where we thought it necessary to have this programme to guide them?, he explained.

?In fact the dream of every adolescent is to become ?somebody? in future and to be able to fulfill this requires careful adult guidance to enable them come up with strong identity, ready to plan for the future or else, they will sink into confusion, unable to make decisions?, he added.

He again advised the young students not to choose professions because their parents, friends or role models are doing the same but rather assess themselves to know if they have passion for the particular profession and follow it up with the right courses at the Senior High School and tertiary levels.

A member of the group, Mr. Michael Hutchison charged parents to stop being over protective and demanding since that pushes children to choose the wrong careers to please them.

He also charged the students to study hard to come out with good grades in order to get the jobs they desire.

?Choose the right courses at SHS because that is your life and if you get it wrong, you may get confused for the rest of your life?, he cautioned them.

Mr. Hutchison advocated the need for all JHS to have counseling units to enable students make the right choices.

A Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and a Professional Counselor, Rev Otopa Antiri pointed out that unemployed graduates keep soaring in the country because most of them picked the wrong courses in school.

FROM: MAGDALENE SEY, APAM

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