Parents, Let Them Choose The College Course They Want


How many professionals are working on the same field as the course they took in college? Base on my experience, and my nonexistent math skills. 90% of professionals don't end up working in the same field as their college course.

We dream of working right away on the same career path as what we studied but in reality, most of us end up working on a different field. It could be due to a lack of job openings or possibly because of a lack of interest.

It's not uncommon that parents play a big role in how college students choose their course. At some point, it even becomes too demanding on the parent's side on what their sons or daughters should choose. I believe it does affect how most of the employed professionals here in our country don't end up working on the field or line of business that they want.


We as parents of course would love to help and guide our kids. We want to point them in the right direction but taking the right steps on doing that is just as important. I personally chose my course with the influence of my parents. I loved playing computer games as a kid so they asked if I wanted to study IT. I said yes because it seemed sensible. Funny thing is right after graduation, the first job I got is working on sales. Then moved into a financial setup and back to sales again. Currently, I'm working on an SEO company which is kinda related to what I studied in college. *not really lol* Thinking about it now, I probably should have gone with business management instead. I think I would be more interested in how to push myself to grow and work on that career path.

Don't get me wrong or anything but I'm definitely not blaming anything on my parents because I can say that I turned out somewhat ok haha. What's probably important to do starting when kids go into high school is to start asking them what they would want to take in college, why they want it, and what do they think they can do or the job path they can take after graduation. It's not to pressure them but to get them ready on an upcoming decision that will be a big part of their life.

Studying a specific course doesn't guarantee that you'll be able to work on that same career field but studying a college course that you personally chose, have a lot of interest and passion for is a big factor that can push you to keep trying. It plays a big part in success in my opinion.

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  1. Lyka Mitra8/25/2020

    Totoo po yang sinabi niyo po.. hindi lahat ng nagtatrabaho ngaun eh related sa course na kinuha nila nung college.. kaya minsan po talaga depende sa gusto ng mga anak natin kung ano ang interest nila eh.. kaya support lang tayong mga magulang kung ano gusto ng mga anak natin.. ������ lalo na at future naman nila ang ginagawa nila.. ❤❤❤

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  2. So true. I'm glad that my mom gave me the freedom to pick mine, but a lot of people (esp. in the Philippines) get pressured to pick a course that they're really not into.

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  3. I love this post. I wanted my kid to go to college, but instead, he joined the military. I didn't push him one way or the other, because in the end, it's his life.

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  4. Parents should provide guidance and support. Taking college courses are a big deal, especially if it is the first year. I always thought many were too young to make good decisions about choosing a major at just 18 years old. However, the student needs to pick courses based on what they are interested in and most passionate about. So a balance of guidance and support is always good from parents.

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  5. My parents always let me decide on what I wanted to do. And actually my career is right in lines with my college degrees!

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  6. I can't imagine telling my kids what type of courses to take. Do people really do that?

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  7. I will definitely let my daughter and son choose what college they want to go to and 100% support them.

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  8. I always feel bad when kids are forced into majors they don't want in college. Then they end up not getting where they need to be in life. It is their decision!!!

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  9. Oh yes of course we want whats best for our kids, but the best quality in a parent is listening :)

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  10. I get what you're saying. I certainly am not working in the same field that I studied for. I think parents are just doing the best they can in some cases. In other cases, they are acting from fear and need to realize that their reality is different from their children's realities.

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  11. Kristine Nicole Alessandra8/27/2020

    My parents kinda "influenced" me to pursue a college course which was not my first pick. No regrets though. I learned to love the university and the college course I enrolled in. I was also able to still do what I initially wanted to do - write for the school paper. My first pick was actually Journalism, I ended up earning a Bachelor's degree in Zoology as a pre-med course.

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  12. It is truly important to empower kids to be be able to choose what they want early on. We can help them taper down their choices, but at the end of the day, it would be good to let them take responsibility for the path they wish to take while ensuring they have our backs no matter what.

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  13. It's easy to forget that college can be a time where students discover who they are and try new things out. It doesn't have to be one big push to get through. I love the idea of letting them decide so they will be motivated and interested in what they are learning!

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  14. very interesting. i wonder sometimes what would have happened if i had continued studying for a degree in History. I loved history but i didn't see a future unless I was going to be a professor. But having parents who support my choices is a huge thing for sure.

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  15. I think children should know what they want and what they like to take in the university / college. Parents should be supportive of whatever they choose.

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  16. I couldn't agree more. Parents should let their children select the college or university they are interested in attending. Offer guidance, but selection should be the child's choice.

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