CAREERS INFORMATION FOR
PARENTS & GUARDIANS
As a school, we understand the desire of parents to support, advise and help their daughter through her journey from primary school, through Sacred Heart and beyond, into employment, apprenticeships or further and higher education.
To assist in this process, we believe that parents need the most accurate and up to date information available to them.
This part of the school Careers Web Site aims to highlight a number of websites that can aid you in helping your daughter make sense of the many options that are available to her.
Careers Advice for Parents is a website that has been set up by careers professionals and recommended by the UK Career Development Institute. ‘Careers Advice for Parents aims to give you an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child’s future career prospects.’
Parent Advisor is aimed at parents or guardians of young people who are faced with, or who will be faced with, making decisions about their options post 18. It will help you cut through the many different factors that will support your daughter in selecting, applying and paying for University.
The site also has information on all of the options post 18, including apprenticeships and gap years, as well as Higher Education.
The National Careers Service is the UK governments official website for careers education. It provides many different areas of advice for parents when supporting career decisions and works well alongside the National Apprenticeship Service, which provides further information about apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and how to apply for them.
Icould is a website which draws links between school subjects and jobs. It is free and simple to use and the site features over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices.
The videos can be easily sorted to find areas of interest quickly.
Each video is matched with labour market information – such as salary, required qualifications and future employment.
The labour market information (LMI) can help you understand:
what a job involves on a day-to-day basis
which jobs are growing or declining – for example, it is predicted that the amount of nurses will rise, but the amount of printers will fall
what qualifications or skills you might need to do a job
how much you might earn
how your interests and skills are relevant to particular jobs
what jobs there are in your region
You can find LMI below each icould video. So you can see real people talking about their careers and then scroll down to see LMI which relates to that job type.
As with most statistics, LMI looks at trends and averages. It provides a general guide to jobs and the job market. LMI can help you:
look at careers in different ways
consider aspects of jobs which you may not have thought about before
Start Careers is a free careers guidance platform that we use in school to provide your daughter with a comprehensive source of careers information. It can be personalised to her needs and can help make supportive career choices.
Your daughter will receive a log in in Year 8. Start can be useful in linking careers choices to the LMI data and the subjects that can be studied at school and beyond to open up these careers.