Research from the Association of Colleges (AoC) suggests that 70% of children turn to their parents for careers advice. However, earlier research from AoC confirmed that parents aren’t confident about their knowledge and ability to give this advice.
The survey, involving 2,000 children aged 11 to 16, showed that nearly half of those aged 14 to 16 do not feel well-informed about the jobs market. Awareness of alternative routes into employment, such as doing an apprenticeship, was low (14%).
Although parents are well intentioned when it comes to giving careers advice, the results of the survey highlighted that young people want access to more detailed careers guidance which included information on what jobs actually involve as well as ‘have a go’ experiences.
Currently, the law states that your child can leave school on the last Friday in June if they’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays. However, they must start an apprenticeship or traineeship, or stay in full-time education (such as college) until they’re 18.
The jobs market is evolving all the time, with new job titles and careers coming to light which never existed before. You can keep abreast of changes in the industry your child would like to go into by checking online job boards, keeping a close eye on the news and signing up to sector-specific recruitment sites.
Your child will also benefit from talking to a careers advisor or relevant training company about the qualifications and experience they need in order to get their dream job.
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