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Great expectations: a careers guide for parents

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Great expectations: a careers guide for parents

Published August 2015

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It’s difficult to know at any age what career or job you want, but helping advise and inform a young person about pathways into work can be a real challenge. For parents, the prospect of helping their child decide what they want to do can be particularly daunting. You may feel you’re not up to date on the latest education and training options available, or you might not be sure what skills and experiences employers are looking for now. If your child is aged 11 to 24 years old, Great expectations – a careers guide for parents is designed to help. 

Taking you step-by-step, we’ll help you understand the important decisions and milestones facing young people as they progress through school, college and further education or training until they successfully transition into the world of work. This guide will explain what jobs will be in demand in the future, the difference between university and an apprenticeship, the importance of work experience and how your child can get it, and everything you need to know about applying for jobs today. 

This guide has been written as part of the CIPD’s Learning to Work programme, which promotes greater levels of employer engagement with young people. 

Contents of the report

  • Introduction 
  • The future of work 
  • Key decisions in your child’s pathway to work 
  • 11 - 14 years old (Years 7, 8 and 9) 
  • 14 -16 years old (Years 10 and 11) 
  • 16 – 18 years old (sixth form and college) 
  • Beyond education and training 
  • Transitioning into the world of work 
  • Further advice and information