Kids need advice earlier
I think the “design your future” course should be taught earlier, like at junior or senior high school ( Designing your future, February 28).
For many Chinese students, the national college entrance examination ( gaokao) is the key to changing their fate, especially for those who grow up in underdeveloped small cities or villages.
Thanks to the gaokao more than 10 years ago, I achieved my dream of walking out of my hometown to study and live in one of China’s first-tier cities. But I have to say, if I had a course that taught me how to design my future early in school, I could have encountered fewer struggles at some crucial moments in my life.
I still remember how confused I was when I had to choose my university major. I held my gaokao score sheet tightly in my hand and read all the majors listed in the reference book that the school prepared for students, but I just had no idea which one to choose.
Before going to school, my knowledge of the kinds of professions out there was limited to those of my family and the ones I saw on TV programs, such as modeling and being a tour guide.
In primary school, I learned about professions like scientist and engineer, which were preferred by many people because they were deemed high-level. Your family would be glad and praise you if they know you aim to be one of the two. But none of us really knew what exactly a scientist or engineer does.
I think many people chose a major based on their general and obscure understanding of it. That is why I think high school is a critical period to teach students how to design their future.
After all, only this can truly equip them to decide what they want to do in the future. Zou Min, by e-mail