You can expect your child’s school or college to provide support to help your child make decisions about their future that are right for them. This support will likely include the following elements. Get in touch with the school or college, or refer to their website to find out more.

A structured careers programme

Your child’s school or college will run a series of events and activities over the year about careers and options for your child. These might include visits from employers, opportunities for work experience and encounters with further education providers such as different colleges and universities.

Some of the events and activities will be targeted at students and others will be for you and your child to attend together. There may also be opportunities for you to feedback on the careers programme and share what you would like more information on.

Schools and colleges promote their careers programmes in a variety of ways, but you should be able to find what’s on offer on their website and via other communications sent home. If you can’t find information about what’s on offer you could ask the school or college Careers Leader or your child’s tutor or Head of Year.

Support from key staff

Your child’s school or college will have a Careers Leader who is responsible for planning and co-ordinating the careers programme. Their name will be listed on the school or college website.

By the age of 16, students can expect to have had at least one personal guidance session with a Careers Adviser. This might be a member of school staff trained to provide careers guidance or an external specialist.

Students will also receive support from their tutors in form time. Where appropriate, subject teachers will make links between what’s being studied and future careers.

Resources and information

Schools and colleges will share information about future study options and possible future jobs and careers, for example opportunities in the local job market.

There might be a careers section for students on the school/college website, and also pages specifically for parents. They may also offer a library of printed information for students to explore, such as literature provided by local employers or universities.

Find out more about post-16 and post-18 options here. You can also search our directory of careers resources Talking Futures careers resources. Further information about different careers and jobs can also be found at the government funded National Careers Service.