At St Peter’s we are lucky to have a great network of supportive parents who are so generous with their time and resources, especially when it comes to careers. With the help and support of our parents we are able to run mock interview days, careers workshops and ensure that every child has a work experience placement in Year 10 and most have a placement in Year 12.
Supporting your child
As their parent or carer, you are likely to be the single biggest influence on your child’s thoughts and feelings about their future career. It is really important that you are aware of the influence you have and that you try your best to make this positive, supportive and empowering rather than negative, restricting and disempowering. Below are some ways of potentially helping and supporting your child with their future pathways:
- Talk to them from time to time about possible careers they might be interested in and why they seem appealing. There will be plenty of opportunities for such an exchange of ideas that crop up naturally while you are doing something else.
- Encourage them to take an interest in the occupations or past careers of grown up family members and other adults who they come into contact with so they can learn about different career experiences and develop their own network.
- Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in your local area. There is plenty of information on these careers pages, and you should be able to find lots of useful information on these things on Solihull Council’s website. Keep an eye out for things like open days (at colleges and training organisations) and careers fairs held locally.
- Encourage them to participate in out of school activities. These are valuable in themselves and will help greatly later on in giving a good impression to people like employers or course tutors.
- Speak to us at Parents’ Evenings. We aim to have someone available to talk to you about careers at Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 Parents’ Evenings.
- Encourage them to organise their work experience placements as early as possible. At St Peter’s we have two opportunities for work experience – one in Year 10 then another in Year 12. If they know what they want to do then support them with that, if not, see if you can help by asking friends or colleagues.
Finally, remember that career choice is a personal decision. Do not try to steer your child to a career because you think you know best or because it is a job you might like. When they choose a job, they get a life with it, so if you can help them to create a working life for them, they will be eternally grateful!
We would love you to be as involved as possible with careers education in school. You could support us by:
- Conducting mock interviews on one of our ‘Careers Days’
- Delivering a presentation or workshop about your career on one of our ‘Careers Days’
- Delivering an assembly to a year group about a certain job sector or career
Offering to take work experience pupils in either Year 10 or Year 12
If you are interested in supporting careers at St Peter’s, please get in contact with Mr Horsfield via the main office. Contact details can be found on the home page of the school website.
Give us feedback
If you would like to give us feedback regarding careers education at St Peter’s, please fill in the short survey below, or get in contact via the main office. Contact details can be found on the home page of the school website.
Parent survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/careersparents