Today's Parents Struggle to Help Kids with University Choice

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Making the "right" university choice involves a number of considerations as well as important discussions to take place within families.  Often the transition from high school to post-secondary is thought of as something which only the student experiences; however, according to Ron Byrne, VP, International & Student Affairs at Mount Allison University, "parents are also going through a significant transition and this is something which often is not recognized."

For many parents, the process of applying to universities is about 25 years old and the pressure and criteria for choosing the right university has changed drastically. Without healthy, open and well-planned discussions, parents can be a hindrance to their kids.

In order to align family expectations, three experts who bring together a deep understanding of the employment marketplace, career exploration and university success, have come together to help  students and parents connect the dots and tackle these discussions collectively.

Mark Franklin, practice leader of CareerCycles says, "Parents want to help but don't know how. They need strategies that will help them avoid being over-involved 'helicopter parents' and instead be practical 'umbrella parents' who provide support and are accessed when their child needs them most."

On September 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, students and parents can attend a half-day intensive program on How to Choose the Right University. A key part of this is creating an opportunity for families to discuss the process and decisions that need to be made in a healthy and productive way.

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SOURCE: Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.

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Graham Donald
Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.

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