Daunting task of subject selection

Today I sat with over a hundred other parents and students and listened as the teachers at my son’s school talked us through the year 10 subject selection process.

There were lots of V words like VET, VETiS, VCAL, VCE it was VERY confusing!!

At the end of the hour session we were told to not panic!! Like that is even an option? How can you not panic? How can you be calm about something as important as your child’s future?

I think that this whole process could be made so much more easier if there was some system in place that allows you to see what career paths require which subjects. There probably is something like this available but we haven’t yet been made aware of it, so for the time being there is much for us to process.

Hopefully by the time the twins get to this point I will be expert on all of this, but for tonight I’m just a confused mum frantically reading through endless brochures trying to arm myself with as much information as possible to help guide my child through this daunting process.


20 thoughts on “Daunting task of subject selection

    1. I wish my son had some idea what he’d like to do, at the stage we are looking through the health & physical education subjects as this is his strength, however he has expressed an interest in politics???? Go figure. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. my oldest wants to make movies – so he is double majoring in film and marketing. A good thing (the marketing that is) he is taking business courses – i mean not that making movies is like a competitive thing…..right? ๐Ÿ™‚

        the youngest – will be a junior this year and taking college entrance tests… – he wants to major in chemical engineering with an emphasis in food science. yes, he likes to cook and, i cannot help but wonder if he is the one who decides to change his path all together and go straight to culinary school? Jordan makes fun of Peyton and says he is going to invent the next new yeast or – this is quite funny – Peyton is going to live on an Amish farm for a year and learn the secrets of making white bread – he will be sent to infiltrate these farms by Sara Lee (a big bread making co) – kinda an undercover spy. Yikes! – quite obvious Jordan is the one who wants to make movies isnt it?

      2. Hahahahahaha that is so funny what a picture it has created in my mind. Good luck to both of them I think it really helps when you know or at least have an idea of what you like and what your strengths are. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Wow good on him!! George’s strengths are more hands on sports etc I can see him going into a trade or even joining the police force. I know it can be dangerous it I feel it is a great career path as well. Good luck for Mr T xxx

  1. It must be complicated these days. Back when our kids were in school we had the PTA and little else. Although I once was called to task at the Principal’s office because our youngest would not retract his statement that his career aspiration was to be an orange vendor on a freeway off ramp. True story. He’s still a little weird at 38.

    1. Lol orange vendor ha? What did he end up doing? It really does seem complicated we do have a one on one meeting next Tuesday with the careers counsellor hopefully she/he will be able to explain it in layman’s terms. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. He’s CEO of a major software development firm. Awhile back I reminded him of the orange vending career and his excuse was that he would have really gotten into trouble saying his dream job as a teenager was a gynecologist.

  2. We – and parents – were made aware by the school of university requirements for various courses….and the staff were well aware of our ambitions…..I don’t like to think of my father’s reaction if faced by the gobbledegook you had presented to you….

  3. I know Iยดm not the best person to give advice, but I will anyways. You can guide your child to a point. But at the end of the day, he will choose his own path. It maybe one you as a parent like or not, but he will have his own personality and choose whatever he wants. Maybe he wants to study Veterinarian, maybe a writer, and astronaut, maybe he doesnยดt want to study and go live in the mountains as a hermit or join the military or God know what.
    “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a personยดs character lies in their own hands” I like to say I came up with that quote but actually was a 15 year old kid named Anne Frank.

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