Parents: play your part
Want to help your children make the right decision about their future?
Wondering about options like apprenticeships? Here’s what you need to know.
Deciding what to do when you leave school isn't always easy. Gone are the days of stuffy careers offices and standard lists of jobs and how to get them. The world of work is changing, the opportunities can seem endless, but the reality can be confusing - for your children and for you.
Don't panic, we’re here to help. There’s lots of information, resources and advice that can arm you with the tools you need to help your child make the right choices.
Start the conversation
It can be a battle to get past the screens and the day to day distractions to have a conversation with your child about their future. Here are some tips for getting the communication flowing with confidence:
- Talk bigger picture
Don't overwhelm them with talk of applications, qualifications and careers, put the focus on talking about what they love. Try to draw out their interests, their strengths and weaknesses, what motivates them, how they enjoy learning and who they want to be.
- Help them network
Networking is daunting at any age, but if your child has an interest or wants to know more about a career then try and introduce them to friends or colleagues who might be able to offer some insight.
- Put it on paper
There's lots to think about so it's worth taking some notes, setting some next steps and possible outcomes. A shared focus can help your child recognise that you're in this together and stop you both feeling overwhelmed with options.
Keep an open mind
It's natural to have dreams and aspirations for your children but make sure you explore all the options. Don’t fall into the trap of pushing them along the route you took or into opportunities you feel you missed out on. Keep an open mind and give them tools to make the right decision for them.