What’s the best thing you found out about the job you’re interested in?

Would it be useful to do some more research? Which of the following actions have you or child completed?

  • Spoken to the school or college's careers advisor
  • Researched the qualifications needed for the jobs we discussed
  • Researched education or training options
  • Searched the job on the National Careers Service website
  • Spoken to people in this sector
  • Researched the salary for this role
  • Arranged to get experience in the sector through volunteering, shadowing or work experience.

Is there one job in particular you’re most interested in?

Explore why your child is particularly interested in this area of work.

How do you feel about the jobs you’re considering?

Encourage your child to be honest with themself. Do these jobs match their interests? Do they think they’ll enjoy them or provide them with job satisfaction? You can both find out more about each career on the National Careers website.

Which teacher, careers leader or careers advisor can you have a conversation with?

Encourage your child to write down their name and set themself a deadline for speaking with them.

What questions do you still have about your different job and career interests?

Write down any information you would still like to find out together. For example do you want to know more about the training and qualifications required? Does your child understand how thier career can progress or the salary they can expect to earn?

What careers events and activities are taking place at your school or college?

Your child’s school or college’s website will have the latest information, as will a teacher or careers advisor. Make a note of dates for any careers events and encourage your child to go along.

Can you list any people you know who have a job that relates to your potential career.

Consider asking family, friends, teachers and careers advisors to put you in touch with someone in the relevant field. Once you’ve got a name or two, set a date for when you’ll contact them.

Is there one more job you’re interested in? What qualifications does this job need you to have?

If you or your child don’t know the qualifications needed, you can visit the National Careers Service website where they list the skills and qualifications needed for different careers.

Is there another job you’re interested in? What qualifications does this job need you to have?

If you or your child don’t know the qualifications needed, you can visit the National Careers Service website where they list the skills and qualifications needed for different careers.

Think about one of the jobs you’re interested in. What qualifications does this job need you to have?

If you or your child don’t know the qualifications needed, you can visit the National Careers Service website where they list the skills and qualifications needed for different careers.

This set of cards will help your child focus on a few occupations or sectors they are most interested in.

The questions are written for you to ask your child. You can use your own experience to help your child with their answers, or use the links and tips provided throughout to help keep the conversation going.

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