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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

Start of Autumn Term 2

Careers information for parents

The school has adopted the three main priorities of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to meet the needs and aspirations of our students: Self Development, Career Exploration and Career Management.  Careers Education and Career Management. 

Careers Education and Guidance begins in Year 8 with self-awareness exploration of topics such as lifestyle, lifelong learning and transferable skills.  This work is done in PSVE lessons which help them to explore their aspirations and career interests.  They also use careers computer software to explore potential future career opportunities.

Discussing career ideas

Because you’re speaking from a position of experience, it can be tempting to take control of the conversation.  If you’re not careful, there’s a risk that your child could see this as you dismissing their ideas. 

It's worth remembering that:

  • Your child’s decisions will ultimately be their own – so you should be prepared to discuss potential careers that are different from those you’ve had in mind. 
  • Keeping an open mind will also encourage your child to keep you up-to-date with their career ideas. 
  • Not everyone has a clear idea of what they want to do from an early age – and your child’s ambitions are likely to change as they get older. 

Encouraging your child to think about careers

You can help your child start thinking about careers by pointing them towards useful sources of information.  There’s nothing to stop them beginning their research as soon as they’re ready. 

There’s plenty of information online to help your child find out what different careers are like. Follow these links for more information:

If you want to know more from a qualified Careers Advisor email

General tips for helps your child plan a career

Once your child has some ideas about where they want to do with their career, encourage them to look into what they need to do to get there. 

As well as helping them decide on their next steps, this will encourage them to develop the decision-making skills important in adult like.  They will need to weight up the pros and cons of various options, make a decision based on the information available – then put their plan into action.  Encourage them to look at a wide range of careers – almost every job is open to both males and females. 

Your child may be happy for you to come along to an interview with the careers adviser at school.  Careers Advisers are also available at parents’ evenings. 

Encourage them to develop their skills through out of school activities and interests.  This will help them when they are applying for courses or jobs. 

Encourage them to find out about the world of work through work experience and business activities at school. 

Go along to open evenings or careers events at the school and colleges. 

Getting the right qualifications

Getting the right qualifications for the right career requires students to know their individual career paths. This can be a real challenge in Year 9 with their options. The Sixth Form colleges attend the Year 9 Options evening at Worthing High School to help encourage the right choices and the Apprenticeship scheme can help guide their choices too. Ultimately it is about what the students enjoy that can determine their individual pathways. More detailed Careers guidance is offered in Year 11 to help them make the right decisions for their next steps

Supporting your child's career plans

Making career plans is an important part of growing up, but it can be a challenge.  As a parent, there’s plenty you can do to support your child and help them find the career that’s right for them.

Your child will have decisions to make at different stages, so it’s worth raising the subject of careers from time to time over a period of years. 

It doesn’t have to be a formal discussion – especially when they’re young.  You might want to talk about types of job that are in the news, or the career choices of someone your child admires. 

You could also discuss types of career that might be relevant to their interests, and whether a high salary is a priority.