As a parent or carer, you are likely to be the single biggest influence on your child’s thoughts and feelings about their future careers.
In an ever changing economy, young people today face a number of challenges and decisions about their futures and it is more important than ever that they make their career choices wisely.
As a parent or carer there is plenty that you can do to support your child and help them make successful career choices.
Providing support and encouragement is immensely important, and the more you know about what Careers information, advice and guidance is available and where it can be accessed the better.
To assist parents, the Careers Service has made it easier than ever to access free, impartial, professional Careers Information advice and guidance. Using Careers Webchat, parents can now chat online with one of our professionally qualified careers advisers. Whether your child is at school, college, in training or looking for work, experts are on hand to help with their plans for the future.
Careers Webchat is available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm on the nidirect website.
The Careers Service also has a number of online resources available for parents including:
- Career matching tools to help young people match their interests and abilities with suitable jobs;
- A Careers A-Z database containing information on over 1,500 jobs; and
- An online CV Builder tool.
A Guide for Parents
The Careers Service has also produced a guide for parents – “How to help your child with their future career plans”