Q: Why have we created a careers information page for parents?
A: Because it is widely recognised that parents are one of the most influential forces in a young person’s career and education decision-making. It is therefore very important that parents have the information, guidance and support they need to help their children navigate these decisions.
There are several interesting points in “Parents’ engagement in the career guidance of their children; Autumn 2020”, a research report commissioned by the Gatsby Foundation. They surveyed 2,001 parents of 11-18 year old secondary school students and found that:
- parents tend to speak to their children about career options once a month (64%) and are confident when they do so
- 86% of parents said they would be likely to carry out activities with their child at home if they were prompted to do so by their child’s school or college
- as parents begin speaking to their children about careers and education from year 7, schools and colleges should communicate to parents about 18 months to 2 years before decisions need to be made
In addition, the Department for Education 2021 report “Young people’s experiences of careers information, advice and guidance. Evidence from the Second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England” states:
- During school, at age 13-14 (year 9), young people found the information, advice and guidance received from their family to be more useful than the information, advice and guidance they received from teachers; 22% finding this information from parents ‘very useful’ versus 10% from teachers.
- The most accessed sources of information, advice and guidance when the cohort was aged 18-19 years old, were friend and relatives (90%), followed by teachers (53%), and trained careers advisors (32%).
By becoming involved in the careers-related learning at Fosse Way School, parents and carers not only gain an opportunity to benefit our pupils but also to learn more about this area of work going on across the school. There are several ways in which you could become involved in our careers programme:
- you might have a job which you would like to come in and talk to our pupils about
- you may be happy to have a pupil shadow you at work to find out more about what you do
- you might work for an organisation which would be happy to have a stall at one of our school-based careers fairs
If you are interested in being involved with any of these areas, or have any other ideas, thoughts or comments, please email our Careers Lead, Jade Jeffery firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for parents
Youth Employment has information for both parents and young people https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/careers-advice-for-parents/
Amazing apprenticeships is a website with a wealth of information about apprenticeships and internships and downloadable resources https://amazingapprenticeships.com/parent-zone/
The National Careers Service contains information, a tool for helping people find courses, explore different careers and interactive tools which help people assess their skills. https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
Finding Your Futures
Developed by the National SEND Employment Forum these videos are aimed at introducing learners with special educational needs and disabilities (although they are not exclusive to this group) to an array of different jobs and sectors.
My World Of Work
This website has lots of resources and steps to help parents and carers with career conversations. By setting up and account, you and your child can access their full range of support. Please note; this website was designed for use in Scotland but most of the material is applicable in England.
They also have a quick and easy careers personality test which you might like to do with your child https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/tools/about-me/start
Career HELP Advice System
This link takes you to a comprehensive on-line careers advice system commencing with a personal profile quiz using graphic images. Each profile is named after a “bug” and is delivered in three formats leading to personal career “clouds”. The user can choose levels of environment and ambition that then covers ALL careers including those based upon post-16 education, apprenticeships and lower skilled employment.
For each career the user can explore required qualifications, routes to the career together with career profiles, salary profiles and job market information. It is a FREE one-stop careers advice package that automatically updates giving confidence in the quality of information.
It is easily available on-line and on mobile phones making it a portable careers package, allowing your child to return and update their career plan.
The ERIC App is a free-to-use app for young people looking to explore career content, programmes, schemes & paid opportunities in the 16 creative industries.