Career Conversations

Research shows that parents and close family members are the biggest influence on a young person’s career decisions. Every young person develops career maturity at a different rate and some students are ready before others to talk about future plans. As with any conversation with a teenager - pick your moment! Being encouraging and supportive of your child’s career ideas is vital to keeping the lines of communication open. Try not to impose your ideas when the career is not one that is on your radar. 
Instead of "You must be joking" and/or "How are you ever going to make a living out of that?"  try some questions that get them thinking about the type of work and the work conditions.

“That job doesn’t have much physical activity in it and you’ve said that’s important to you. How much will that matter?”

“You know you like having everything organised and this job has quite irregular hours - how would you cope with that side of it?”

Discuss what your child wants or needs from a career. Attitudes towards money, lifestyle, security or further education vary and can sometimes be a starting point to identify options.

When a young person does not have a specific career in mind, help them to define broad interest areas based on their skills and interests. Then help them investigate lots of options in that field. Encourage them to discuss with people who know them well including staff at school, family friends, employers and coaches and to use the job-search tool on the career services website.
This site offers an extensive range of career information such as job descriptions, funding details, training, industry overviews and further links.

At the college our career mentors Ms Lucas and Mr Bate are available to meet with you and show you further sources of career information. You will find them just inside the gym at URSpace ("Your Social, Personal and Career Education"). 

There are  four areas of career development;  
  • Self knowledge
  • Opportunity awareness
  • Decision Making 
  • Transition Skills
Self-awareness (the ability to identify and articulate motivations, skills and personality as they affect career plans);
Opportunity awareness (knowledge of opportunities and the ability to research these);
Decision-making (being able to weigh up personal factors to make a sound plan);
Transition learning (understanding of how to seek and secure opportunities).