The best (and worst) career advice that parents can give

Fact: Parents like to give advice. Fact: That could be the understatement of the year.

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Parents like to give advice.

Footnote: That could be the understatement of the year, right there.

Sometimes it’s spot-on. Thank you, Mum – I now know never to share a Chapstick with a stranger. Dad, you’re right – parallel parking really isn’t too bad.

Other times, we roll our eyes and mumble a perfunctory “thank you”

But when it comes to your career, taking advice from your folks can lead you to your dream job or a dead end.

So, attention parents (and anyone who is looking to cross check aforementioned make-or-break career advice)… Things have changed a lot since you finished high school.

Industries that didn’t even exist when you left school are now some of the fastest growing in the world… and so, I am the first to acknowledge that offering advice is no easy feat.

But something else I think we should acknowledge is that you probably haven’t or didn’t consider the Australian Defence Force Academy as a post schooling option.

Because as parents there are FIVE pieces of advice that you should give… and ADFA ticks all the boxes.

Must give advice, part 1. Don’t pick a university… pick a degree…

It’s so important to help your child identify a course that will give them a clear pathway into a chosen career.

Currently the drop out rate for university students is sky high. The highest it’s ever been, in fact. Simply, students are enrolling in courses without scoping out where that qualification will take them, nor what the course content looks like.

Help them understand the ins and outs of each course they are considering and ask them:

Must give advice, part 2: Explore scholarship opportunities

Universities continue to invest funds into student scholarships. A big tip is to ask early (and often) about the financial support and opportunities like these that are on offer for your child.

Don’t consider the scholarship application process out of reach.

Universities offer scholarships for sports, creativity, academic merit, as well as for community work, accommodation and unique talent.

Must give advice, part 3: What could be better than a scholarship? No Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) fees

Studying with Australian Defence Force Academy means your child will graduate with a rewarding career, earn a salary while studying their Bachelor degree and finish with no HELP fees. Considering a university debt can come in at anywhere up to $60,000, having no HELP fees to pay back would help to set your child up for life and it means your child can pocket their salary while studying.

Must give advice, part 4: Consider the lifestyle that comes with the institution

It’s important to look beyond the course towards the culture and ‘experience’ of a university. Encouraging your child to immerse themselves in an active, community based study environment will see them thrive.

Must give advice, part 5: Identify their qualities and which institutions can nurture them

Is your child a natural leader? Do they want to make a social and environmental change in the world? Do they have a fascination with how things work?

If so, do you know where these skills are best matched? As parents it’s important to research course opportunities that will foster these skills; don’t see your child become ‘just a number’ in a huge university campus.

Footnote: The teacher to student ratio at ADFA is one of the best in Australia, making your child more than ‘just a number’.

Now it’s time to work out which course at ADFA is right for your child – get them to take the quiz.

The best (and worst) career advice that parents can give
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