• TALKING TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS ABOUT COLLEGE AND/OR A CAREER 

    CONVERSATION STARTERS

    The following can be used for students to have a discussion about college/career with parents/guardians. These statements should be customized to fit your personal situation.

      • “I am really interesting in music and since I am currently in the band, I would like to pursue a career in music. Can you help me?”
      • “I want to go to college, but am not sure how to get there? What did you do in order to go to college?”
      • “I met with my school counselor today; we discussed what it takes for me to be successful in college. I am a bit overwhelmed and confused about the process. Can you help me?”
      • “I know I want to go to college, but it is 6 years away, how do I know that I am on track in middle school to get there? Can you help me?”
      • “I am interested in a bakery and pastry career beyond the CAT Center, will you help me find Culinary Institutes to further my career after I graduate?”
      • “Today, I went on Naviance, the Career and College Planner; there is so much information, where do I start the college process? Will you sit with me while we go through the program?

     

    Keep the lines of communication open and talk often with your parents/guardians.

    Plan what you want to say and write down major points of the discussion.

    Be direct- “Mom/Dad, there is something important about my future I would like to discuss with you.” Instead of, “Hey, when you get a chance can we talk?”

    Pick the right time to talk because timing is everything. Do not try to bring up the subject when your parent is trying to get dinner on the table because you have to race out the door for an athletic practice/choral event. Select a time when your parent/guardian is able to focus on you.

    Remember that all people have different viewpoints and you may feel challenged by your parent/guardian if you see things differently. It is important to use respectful language and resist the temptation to use sarcasm or yell. Having open discussions which are calm and respectful usually have positive outcomes.

    Remember that all people have different viewpoints and you may feel challenged by your parent/guardian if you see things differently. It is important to use respectful language and resist the temptation to use sarcasm or yell. Having open discussions which are calm and respectful usually have positive outcomes.

    From Anne Arundel County Public Schools

  • Ca · reer
    /kə’rir/
    Noun:
    One’s calling in life; a person’s occupation; one’s profession.

    Col · lege
    \kälij\
    Noun:
    Any institution of higher education that awards a degree or credential post-high school graduation.  This includes, but is not limited to, universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.
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