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Please contact us with any health career questions by emailing us at healthcareers4me. Let us know if you are a middle or high school student, parent or counselor.

Helping Your Child Explore Interests

As a parent, you play an important role in providing an environment in which their child can academically prosper. Try to help your child find a balance between academics and other activities. Academics should be the main focus, but your child needs to have interests and activities aside from school work as well (for example, volunteering).  If you would like to learn more, visit  Preparing for a Healthcare Career.

Keep in mind that your child’s middle school grades may influence the classes they are placed into for high school (i.e. regular, honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate). If your child is in middle school, do not worry about college placement exams, just encourage him or her to do their best and help establish realistic academic goals.

If your child is in high school, encourage him / her to take as many STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses as they can.  Also, begin researching colleges and universities online with your child.  Consider what type of career your child may be interested in and research (with your child) education requirements for that career. A few examples can be found on the Career Exploration page.

What to Look for on College Websites:

  • Acceptance rates
  • Available scholarships
  • Average Grade Point Average (GPA) of admitted students
  • Programs / degrees available
  • Requirements for admittance

If your child is not interested in a traditional four-year university, encourage him or her to explore programs that require an associate degree or a certification. Find out if any of those programs require particular classes in high school, such as biology, chemistry or a particular math course. 

If you would like to learn more information about how your child’s interests can lead to a career in healthcare, check out Pursuing Your Passion.

The career counselor / coordinator at your child’s school can offer a wealth of information to you and your child about additional educational opportunities and careers.  Consider scheduling an appointment with him or her to discuss your child’s future.