Careers Information for Parents and Carers

Careers Information for Parents and Carers

Parents/guardians are the main influencers on the career decisions of their children….(Barnes et al. 2020)

 Ensuring your children are set up for the future with a successful career, financial security and a good quality of life is of utmost importance to parents. Your children will look to you for advice and guidance even if they don’t like to admit it!


Any questions or need further help and support?

Contact the careers team:

Below are some useful websites that will aid you in supporting your children to make decisions about the future:


General information about careers and jobs

A good starting point is to look at possible careers with your child and see what skills/qualifications employers really want.


Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability.

You can create an account with your child using their school email address.

National Careers Service

Success at School


South Yorkshire Shape Your Future Booklet

Useful resource for students and parents and staff to research and plan next steps. It provides reliable, accessible labour market information on employment sectors in South Yorkshire


Specific support for parents

Careermag for parents

Barclays Life Skills for families

The Good Schools Guide-Careers

Qualifications Explained


Further Education

At the end of Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11), your child will be asked to choose their next stage in compulsory education – key stage 5. Your child will need to consider whether they should be doing A levels, Applied General Qualifications or an Apprenticeship. The following websites will help you and your child research the various options:

A-level choices

Informed choices (Russell Group)

A really good website for helping students choose the right A-levels if they plan to go on to University.

Vocational Qualifications-careers pilot

Further education colleges in the UK

T-levels-new up to date information



A parent’s guide to apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships-Parent Packs


Information about a huge range of apprenticeships


Find apprenticeships, college courses and work experience

South Yorkshire Region Education and Careers

Info on apprenticeships and careers in Health and Social care in the South Yorkshire regions


Higher Education

At the end of Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13), your child will need to decide what their next step in life is-this could be going to university, undertaking an apprenticeship, looking for paid employment or taking a gap year.

UCAS-advice for parents

Parental advice from the website for researching and applying to university courses

To Go or Not to Go-Hepp Guide to Higher Education

Booklet created by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam with tips and information to help you and your child start exploring and understanding their options.

Parents’ guide to university and student finance

Useful information on applications, funding, accommodation and career goals.

Student loans-mythbusting (Martin Lewis-MoneySavingExpert)

Prospects-What can I do with my degree?

Provides great guidance on what you can do with specific University courses

Gap year advice for parents-gap360

A parent’s guide to gap years


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