As a parent there certainly is a responsibility to help our children face the reality of the rest of their lives. When you consider that most of them will still be alive close to the end of the 21st century, what can we suggest and/or recommend they do to prepare for their life as they leave high school?
Do we follow the tried and true path of suggesting they go to the university and hope they will find a career path that will lead them to their niche?
Do they know where they want to be for the rest of their lives career wise?
From the point of view of the university these days there seems to be the pressure to proceed through to at least a PhD if you are to have any hope of using your qualifications when looking for a job or a career.
No longer does it seem that a bachelor’s or master’s degree represents much of anything other than the preparation for even more time in the university.
How Does One Find The Niche?
As a musician I will admit here that I have a stack of prejudices or maybe call them understandings as to what is required if music is going to be your or your children’s niche.
I feel very fortunate indeed to have had parents who encouraged me in whatever I wanted to do at the time. Dad genuinely felt that life was best when it was in pursuit of one’s niche. He firmly believed that everyone had a place in life where he belonged and that the quest for that was what life was about. He also felt it was better to die questing than to stop and compromise before getting there.
When You Know Your Niche
It is possible that one can discover the niche that is waiting through trial and error. It may be discovered in the university. It may be discovered most anywhere.
When you do feel you know where you want to go surely the best thing is to head that way full speed ahead.
As a musician I would never have been able to have a career if I hadn’t gotten out and begun performing as soon as I was able. If I had stayed in the university through to a PhD I think by then the only option I would have had would have been to remain in academia and not pursue a performing career.
Is There A Time When You Have To Stop Being A Student?
Personally I feel that the options available for pursuing one’s goals are all out there. It can be private lessons or tutoring instead of a university course which may contain things not required or necessary.
It is also possible that high school is enough of what is known as education to prepare you for the rest of your life.
Obviously this is a long-winded subject and cannot be exhausted in a single article. However, I hope that as either a parent or a student you will think carefully about what you really need in order to achieve your or their life’s goals.