Studies show parents are one of the most powerful influences on their children's choice of career.

Some youth know what they want to do with their lives from a very young age. For others, finding a career can require more time, exploration and discovery.

Fortunately for parents, there is a wealth of information and many resources available to help you guide your teen through this process.

How can you help your teen with career planning?

  • Encourage discussion by actively listening to your teen about their career interests. Carefully consider their point of view and help them find answers to their questions.
  • Set up a job shadow or interview with a person in the career field your teen is interested in. Help prepare appropriate questions.
  • Ask your teen to investigate important details about a career, like the skills and knowledge required, the working conditions and rates of pay and the demand for workers in that field.

Find more career planning tools in resources for students and youth

Career coaching your teens: A guide for parents

Planning for high school

By encouraging your teen to explore and define their interests, you'll be starting them on the career discovery path to help them make decisions about their upcoming high school courses. Informed and intentional decisions made by your teen in Grades 9 and 10 can save them years of additional study and extra costs.

You can help your teen by letting him or her know about specialized high school opportunities and, in some cases, actively working with your teen to locate the resources that he or she needs.

Evolving post-secondary options

As a parent, you know graduating from high school is just the beginning of your teen's path to a successful career. Post-secondary study in their chosen field is a necessity in today's job market.

High school and post-secondary have changed in the past decade and the lines between a polytechnic and a university education are becoming increasingly open. Many parents and students will begin by researching degree programs at universities. However, your child's chosen career path may be better suited to an applied degree, journey ticket, diploma or certificate instead. Additionally, transfer agreements between post-secondary institutions offer students the opportunity to begin their studies with a certificate or diploma, then move on to complete a degree if they so choose.

SAIT offers many different accreditation options — including Bachelor degrees — that may open up new career possibilities for your teen. We encourage you to explore our programs and courses to learn more.

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The SAITCity program is one tool that can help your teen determine their post-secondary path, whether it leads to SAIT or elsewhere. The most important benefit of the SAITCity program is that your teen can pinpoint their interests and make a conscious connection between what they like to do and a career that aligns with those interests.

Explore further

The below resources may be helpful to you while helping your teen explore different career paths and learn more about SAIT. 

Program pathways at SAIT

Career workshops and services Dual-credit programs Recreation and events Summer camps Transfer options Year-round youth programs

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