School's out for summer, school's out forever??? Your sons and daughters are finished matricso now what? The party ends, the dust settles and reality sets in.
How you support them and the next move you make as a parent in supporting or guiding them can have long-lasting effects on your child's future and overall happiness. The approach of our parents - get a job, do 40 years' service, receive a gold watch and retirement - is no longer always an easy fit.
Even the travel option is no longer so attractive due to the global economic downturn of the last few years. Economies across the EU are struggling and it's harder and harder for young South Africans to take the kind of working gap years we used to assume as a right of passage.
There's an undeniable urge to leave the nest for many young school-leavers, but with the traditional options less attractive, trying something hands-on in your own home country - yet not at home - becomes an attractive alternative.
Bushwise's 2013 field guiding courses kick off in January and July and could prove to be the launch pad for an exciting career in the bush for your child.
One of the best field guiding schools in the business, Bushwise's course give aspirant Field Guides the necessary skills and FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) accreditation for a career in the bush.
But make no mistake, this is not a holiday camp. Bushwise is a fully accredited and run by seasoned industry professionals. From essential bush skills like 4x4 driving and rifle handling to bush knowledge (flora, fauna, animal behavior andtracking etc) Bushwise's field guide training also offers students exposure to dangerous game. For the year-long course students, Bushwise will find placements for them with partner lodges or research venues for the six-month section of the course that gives them the career headstart to their bush CV.