Poor NCEA results – does this mean a change of subjects or direction is a good idea?

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In our first article in this series, we looked at how to talk to your teens about poor NCEA results – and how NCEA works, anyway

This time, we look at how to explore different job and training options. If your teenager had their heart set on a particular course or career, but didn’t get the required NCEA results, they may want to try again for the credits they need. If not, find out how you can help open up other options for them, and ensure they have the correct information about requirements.

Check – it may not be too late to get the required credits

It may not be too late for your teen to get the credits they need this year and get into study – see our earlier article about what to do if you didn’t get enough credits

Do some fact checking using our jobs database of over 400 jobs:

  • Make sure your teen understands the entry requirements if they have their heart set on a particular job.
  • Visit the “Useful experience” section of each job for ideas of things they can do now to build up experience. For example, if your teen wants to be a vet, experience working with animals is essential, so they could apply to volunteer at SPCA.

Did your young one have their heart set on university?

  • Consider this – it’s a myth that getting a university education is necessary to get a good job
  • Help your teen contact the provider of the course they wanted to do. See what they advise about how best to spend this year to help meet admission requirements for next year.
  • Recognise that even students who have passed NCEA, and passed well, may also be unable to get into the course they want. Some courses are extremely competitive. It never hurts to have a plan B

Is your teen over academic study?

Your teen may be willing to consider enrolling in a Gateway programme or a Trade Academy through school, where they spend some time at work experience and some at school, getting credits for school and tertiary study. This is often a great choice for students who can’t see the point of academic study – “Just what they need to get over the hurdle of Level 2 for many of them,” says one school principal.

We need to talk to someone about this! 

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