Careers Advice for Parents/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 their own skills and attributes as well as what people in their community do. This prepares students and supports their transition for further careers investigation in Key Stage 3. In Years 7 and 8 students will continue 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 can you 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 child 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 to identify growth sectors within the North East and beyond.

Please also take the time to look at the resources section for links to some fantastic sites for CEIAG.