School and parents
The mission of schools is to impart knowledge to students, foster their social development and give them qualifications. Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC) is part of this threefold mission.
Schools and education stakeholders are responsible for providing students with learning situations that prepare them for the challenges of society. This, in turn, fosters students’ development at the personal, academic and professional levels.
The ACGC is integrated into the schools’ educational services in collaboration with teachers and the principal submits it to the governing board for approval.
Planning their future in a quickly changing world is a major challenge for young people. Indeed, when children start making academic and career choices, their parents are often struck by the magnitude of their guidance needs. These needs, in turn, are often latent, unfortunately manifesting themselves only when students are faced with the need to make a decision. Under these circumstances, it is not uncommon for both students and their parents to experience anxiety, worry or indecisiveness. Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC) was developed to respond this situation.
Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC) at home
It might be interesting for parents to talk to their children about the ACGC they covered at school.
For example, parents could ask their children:
- what they learned about academic and career guidance at school
- what they discovered about themselves and their own interests, aptitudes, values and aspirations
- what they remember about the various academic paths available to them
- if they know about any trades, occupations or professions
Parents play an important role in their children’s lives. Parents could turn this to their children’s advantage by:
- helping their children understand their own strengths, and encourage and value them
- pointing out their children’s skills and strengths as much as possible throughout the day
- entrusting their children with family tasks and responsibilities to help them develop their competencies and skills
- listening and talking to their children about school and their plans for the future
- promoting a positive attitude toward school and work, such as the importance of a job well done, perseverance, punctuality and communication