It can be a traumatic time for these young adults planning to leave school for the rigors of the work force or the discipline of further study. Some of them have no difficulty in making a decision about their future; others are not so sure what direction they will take.
While government, universities and private agencies provide careers advice and school counsellors provide positive support, the final choice must rest with the school leavers themselves.
Sometimes we can be guilty of pushing our kids in the direction we want them to go. Unwittingly, we may even force them to consider a job or career simply because of the prestige it carries or the remuneration it offers.
We should encourage our kids to aim for a career that will enable them to best use the gifts and talents they possess. It is important they be happy in their job, as we all know unhappy workers become wingers.