Deciding your Child’s future

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“Entrance Tests : Age no bar” said the headline of an article in the papers recently about Engineering Coaching centres accepting children as young as 11 and 12 years old into their program. While the author of the article did say that students who were interviewed said that they were not forced by their parents to attend these coaching programs, it is a fact that coaching for two exams- the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam for Engineering) and the AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test) are starting earlier and earlier these days. Today, we all agree, options for students have expanded exponentially. Streams of occupation that were unheard of 20 years ago are now available. Yet, even today, Engineering and Medical remain the top two professions of choice for parents, for their wards. Is it the guarantee of a job when one is qualified as an Engineer? Survey after survey shows that Engineers graduating out of the scores of Engineering colleges in India are simply unemployable. Either the students have no aptitude or inherent desire to learn, or the colleges are of real bad caliber. Yet, “My child is an Engineer” remains the dream of many a parent.At the age of 11 or 12, children are in no position to judge what they are good at or what they would like to be when they grow up. Many an adult is familiar with their own story in life where the job they hold is simply not exciting because it was picked by their parent or they were pressured to pursue it due to extraneous circumstances. We know of personal instances of children who were fascinated by science in school and were cured of it when they went for these coaching classes because of the repetitive monotony of exam focused coaching.

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Today, with globalization and the world opening out, sky is the limit when you have a passion for a subject. Be it sports, technology or Art, the world is a stadium for the youth of today. Shouldn't we be conscious as parents and try to not box our kids into outdated choices too early in life, that would simply limit their potential, curb their dreams and make them into yet another cookie cutter student that is trying to get into Engineering or Medical?Talk to your child today. Do your research on the myriad options out there that could match his personality, ability and aptitude. Talk to a counselor- we may not have all the information but the more we reach out and talk to people, the more data we can gather to make a sound decision. Make a realistic decision that would ensure that he is not just in A job in his future, but THE job that he WANTS to be in. After all, Success and happiness should not mean different things in life. via The Hindu