W I S C O N S I N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E S Y S T E M | 3 W I S C O N S I N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E S Y S T E M | 3 This must-read guide is designed to help foster a thoughtful, honest discussion between you and your student; a discussion that will increase the chances for success. This guide was designed for parents and students to read together to help you both understand: Why it’s important to consider your child’s individual abilities and interests in order to ensure their success and happiness. How changes in the workplace and ever-evolving economy require a new approach to higher education. Why conventional wisdom may be an obstacle to your child’s educational and professional successes. Section 1 Find the right path Find the right . Table of contents: Find the right path 2-7 The changing employment landscape 8-13 Don’t just default 14-21 Making financial sense 22-25 Resources/works cited 26-27 Want to take the WTCS Career Interest Questionnaire? Visit: wistechcolleges.org/explore-careers/ career-interest-questionnaire From attending a two- or four-year college or university to joining the military, starting a business, learning a trade (apprenticeship), joining the Peace Corps, taking a gap year (a break between high school graduation and additional education) or beginning a full-time job, high school graduates have many options. Supportive parents who resist overly influencing their children will likely experience less tension during this big life transition. It comes as no surprise that children who make their own decisions feel more confident, focused and tend to achieve more.1