Advice for Parents and Carers

As a parent or carer, you have a leading role when your child is making decisions about their career. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and feel confident when they come to you for advice.

For year five and six students we want them to develop an awareness of careers and what people in their community do. The welcome page outlines what we do. This prepares students and supports their transition for further careers investigation in Key Stage 3. In Years 7 and 8 students will start to look at the world of work, moving on to look at how GCSE subject choices in Year 8/9 affect career options.Young people today have more choices about what to do in the future than ever before but there are a number of factors that affect them. Youth unemployment, an increasingly competitive job market and fees for higher education all impact on a young person’s future, making it even more important for them to make the right choices for their education, training and employment.

How you can help?

As they make choices and plans for the future, young people need support from the people who know them best; their families. Talk to your son/daughter about careers they are interested in. Find out what they know already and encourage them to explore the online careers resources and speak to people you know in those fields. It is also worth regularly referring to labour market information.

Here are some useful links for Parents, please also take the time to look at the resources section.

Careers information and advice from the careers writer association.

An article from the Guardian parents on how best to support their children in their career choices: Encourage individuality; Open your mind to alternatives; Encourage networking; Be prepared to let go!