Career Guidance for Parents

An increasingly competitive job market, high youth unemployment, and rising fees for higher education all impact on a young person’s plans, making it even more important for them to make the right choices for their education, training and employment. We are here to help provide information for you to engage in meaningful discussion with your child about their career and future post 16 destinations.

As they make choices and plans for the future, young people need support from the people who know them best, their families. There are many ways that parents can offer support with choices. Here are a few ideas for parents:

  • Talk to your child about careers they are interested in. Find out what they know already and encourage them to find out more.
  • Encourage your child to find out about what courses, jobs and training opportunities are available locally using the sources available to them.
  • Visit the Start platform with your child and discuss their interests, skills and qualities. Encourage them to engage with local labour market information and recognise important employability skills.
  • Find out what GCSE pathways are available for your child.
  • Utilise open evening/day. Your child be will have to consider a post 16 study at a different institution to their current school and it is important to explore all of the options.
  • Encourage your child to investigate alternative pathways such as Apprenticeships, Traineeships and T-Levels, so they are fully informed of all options available.
  • If your child is intending to enter higher education they need to plan ahead carefully. They need to think about:
    • what subject/s they want to study?
    • which institutions offer relevant courses
    • whether the program of study suits their needs?
    • will their GCSE grades and expected results from A levels (or equivalent) meet the course’s entry requirements?
    • whether there is a work placement as part of the course
    • whether they want to study close to home or move further afield
    • whether the campus offers other facilities which are important to them e.g. sports facilities

It is important to support your child to reach their own decisions about their future. Providing support and encouragement is immensely important and the more you know about the information, advice and guidance that is available and where it can be accessed the better.