Parents and carers careers guidance

Empowering parents and carers to support their child to make decision

If we had a pound for every time we hear a parent or carer ask, “How can I best support my child to make the right decision about what to do next” we’d be rich! But to us the answer is quite simple, it’s all about having open discussions, exploring all the options, and supporting their ultimate decision.

There is no denying the vital role you will play in this process, after all, you want to ensure you child makes the right decision now to help them have the best future possible, but we are huge advocates of giving young people the impartial information they need so that they can make their best, informed decision, and we encourage parents/carers to do the same.

How can you support the process? 

It’s important that the young person feel supported during the process, after all, they will most likely be feeling the pressure and will want to make the best decision that will help them on their career path. Take them to open evenings, sit and do the research with them, do what you can to help guide them through the decision making process.
We all want to get from A to B as quickly and easily as possible, but sometimes that isn’t the best thing for the young person. Discuss with them the alternative career routes as well as all the other post-15 pathways available to them. We find that students who have a Plan B are better equipped for all eventualities.
They may not choose the path that you would have personally, or that you think is the best one for them, but that doesn’t stop you from encouraging their ambitions and supporting their decisions. Everyone has their own path and this may look different to yours or what you wanted for them, but it doesn’t make it wrong. Encourage them to believe (and own) their decisions.
Being their biggest cheerleader is one of the most important roles you will play. By believing in them, their abilities and their decisions, you will give them the boost they need to make the best decision for them. And if they change their mind, or results dictate a change in plans, they will know that you believe in them and will support them however you can.

And don’t forget, your child’s school has a legal obligation to give your child access to impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance, so you can contact your child’s school at any time to discuss their careers programme and get copies of the likes of prospectuses etc. so you are as clued up as possible about the options available.