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Careers advice for Parents

As parents and carers you have a very important role in supporting your daughter as she makes big decisions linked to her future career. As you have gone through this process, you are in a position where you can act as a facilitator to help your child find the path that suits them best. Whilst you have your own aspirations and ideas for your child’s future it is important to keep in mind that there is a wide variety of options available to your child. Research also indicates that when students feel supported and loved by their parents, they have more confidence in their own ability to research careers and to choose a career that would be interesting and exciting. This is important because studies show that adolescents, who feel competent regarding career decision-making, tend to make more satisfying career choices later in life. (Keller 2004). It is important for parents to give support and encouragement to explore the many options available to find the best career fit.


Things that you can do to support your child:

  • Read up on relevant post-16 and post-18 options

  • Attend meetings, including parents’ evenings, to ensure you have a good understanding of your child’s aptitude and interests

  • Ensure your child takes every opportunity to access enrichment opportunities available to them

  • Encourage/support your child to gain work experience

  • Talk to your child about their interest and ideas for their own future

  • Discuss ‘back-up’ options if predicted results do not happen

  • If possible introduce your son/daughter to someone currently doing the course/working in the career area


Remember parental advice is invaluable, but school leavers must make their own particular career choices.

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