Deciding on a school or a training program is not always easy and asking 14 or 15-year olds to choose their academic and/or professional training program at such a young age is rather surprising.
As parents, it is also difficult to properly assist our children in this process. Distinguishing interests from abilities or making the connection is not easy, nor is choosing between what one loves to do (or would like to do) and a potential labour market outcome.
Even if an academic path can always be changed, the process has serious financial repercussions. The government as well as parents often have to pay for these changes, which can cost a fortune. When it comes to those benefitting from student financial assistance, the impact on their long-term indebtedness as well as the time they lose on the job market can translate into thousands of dollars. Ultimately, how can we lower the risks related to making the wrong choices and how can we find realistic, achievable solutions? The answer is simple: