Parents & Carers: Helping Your Child Begin Their Careers Journey


As our children progress through school and start looking ahead to a life after education, it can be difficult for parents and carers to know how to help them navigate the confusing world of career options. For many, the ultimate challenge is knowing how to offer support without projecting our own career aspirations onto our children. And with so much change – from new apprenticeship schemes, emerging technologies, political and environmental upheaval and the coronavirus crisis – parents can feel in need of a guiding hand themselves.

This guide contains:

  1. Choosing a career path
  2. Pathways into work
  3. University
  4. Apprenticeships
  5. Employability skills
  6. Subject journeys
  7. Gap years
  8. How to future-proof your child’s career
  9. Action plan

We’ve created this guide to help you take a positive role in your child’s career journey. We cover all the basics – from university, apprenticeships and other pathways into work, to work experience and employability skills. We outline job roles linked to each major school subject as well as exploring the jobs of the future.

We have also made this guide practical, so you can use it as a tool to help your child prepare for their future. You’ll find a step-by-step guide to help them focus on career paths connected to their skills and interests. We’ve even included a worksheet you can complete together so that you have made tangible progress as a result of working through this guide.


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