Five Ways to Improve Your Child’s College Life

College Life

It is during the high school years students feel the pressure to choose their own path and decide what they want to be in life. It is the time when children are likely to receive so much advice about their future studies and job prospects from even strangers. It is always better to let your child decide what he or she wants to pursue in their life.  With a little guidance and mutual understanding, you can instil the right attitude and confidence in your children’s pursuit to live their dreams. If you want to see your children bloom in full colours and excel in their desired fields of interest, here are some tips you can keep in mind.

A college degree is always important

Unlike many successful people and celebrities claim, a College degree and valid education are important in the world of reality. Many successful individuals that your child admires, be it a musician, or a sports person, or a businessman or a film star may not have a degree and they would boast about the irrelevance of education from their life story. Make your children understand that, it is only a minuscule number of people who had the natural talent or luck or breakthrough that got them successful without proper education, but the rest of humanity has to plan and work hard in life to sometimes merely survive in this competitive world. And a college degree or valid education is always an advantage in this highly competitive world.  

According to statistics, adults with valid college degrees have twice the chance to get a full-time job when compared with people without a degree. This doesn’t mean that every person with a degree is guaranteed to have good job opportunities. However, in most recruitment processes worldwide, a person with a valid degree is preferred over a person without one, which surely indicates the fact that a college degree is the first step to building a career path.

Encourage your child to explore different fields of interest and gain multiple skills

Skillset is the most valuable asset to possess in the job market. The more professional skills one possess, the more your chances increase in the job market. A person with multiple and diverse skill sets is more likely to attract more job opportunities from different sectors, which gives you a clear advantage in the highly competitive job market. An elaborate skillset also enhances your professional growth. In order to acquire multiple skills, you should encourage your children to explore and learn new skills and also to constantly hone their already acquired skill set.

Don’t put too much pressure

Teenage is the time between childhood and adulthood and it’s a very tricky phase of life for everyone. Parents need to be extra careful while dealing with their children’s lives during this period. Don’t put too much pressure on your children by setting them with overwhelming targets and cutting short their leisure time. Give your child ample time to relax, sleep and also let them engage in their passions and hobbies. By putting too much pressure on a child’s shoulder might fetch the result you might be expecting, instead, it leaves your child exhausted and even depressed.

Treat your child as a friend

Adolescence is the time when children tend to rely on and trust their friends more than their parents. It is natural for children to detach more from their parents during this phase. Don’t get upset about this change in behaviour and try to force your presence on your children, instead relax your authoritarian attitude a bit and try to be more open and friendly with your child. Understand that your child is slowly growing into an adult, so it’s time you start treating your child as an individual and respect their personal space and opinion more. 

It all starts with the room you live in

Everyone loves to have their own room, your child is no exception, especially during the adolescent phase. Allow your child to alter and arrange their room according to their wish with some crucial inputs. It’s always better to have windows in the room that opens up to some fresh air. Advice your children to keep their room clean and tidy always on their own and make it a thumb rule. Arrange a reading/working desk in your child’s room so that h/she can have an understanding of a workspace, starting from his/her own room. Motivational quotes, indoor plants, artworks, and even a small aquarium can be incorporated into the room which can enhance the mood of the person inhabiting that space. Light colours are preferable inside the room. In short, a well-maintained room can uplift your child’s spirit.


College is a time of change, for both the student and their family. You should not underestimate how difficult it can be to make this transition. It’s important that you provide your child with all the support they need in order to succeed academically while still feeling like themselves at home. The 5 tips we’ve provided here are just some ways that you can help them achieve these goals during college years – but don’t stop there! Your goal should also always be to foster an environment where your child feels loved and supported by the family members. If you’re looking for more advice on what else you could do, call us today or schedule a consultation online so we can get started discussing options together!

Author Bio

KC Raj is a career counsellor and recruiter with many years of experience. Interested in topics like human development, education, immigration, inequality, and many other international issues. 

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KC Raj is a socialist in thinking and believes in the “One Nation, One World” theory.