Support your child with their career choices – a parent’s guide

It is now well established that young people are required to remain in some form of education or training until the age of 18 – but this does not mean your child must stay at school after their GCSEs.

Research confirms that adolescents and young people, place a high value on the opinions and views of their parents or guardians when it comes to making critical careers choices.

As a parent, starting conversations as early as possible about career choices and discouraging your child to make last-minute decisions, are proven strategies to make sure your child is making a well-informed decision about their future.

We know, however, how difficult it can be for parents to support their child when it comes to critical career decisions. With a growing number of progression routes and weird and wonderful technical terms, it can sometimes be difficult for some parents to feel involved in the process.

Therefore, we have created this section on our website so you as parents or guardians can be as informed as possible to support your child when it comes to making career choices.

If you require any further assistance once you have had time to digest the information on the pages below, please do not hesitate to contact David Hewson via email: or by telephone on 01228 226957. Thank you.

Additionally, if you feel that you could contribute to the Schools Career Programme by talking about your own career journey, would like to talk to our students about making a good application and stand out in a crowd, or feel you could give feedback on CVs and interview technique, please contact our Careers Leader using the details above.

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