Career Conversations is an online resource to help you to talk to your child about what sort of career they would like in the future. Talking to your child about their interests and abilities can help them meet their potential.
Career Conversations is designed to help you:
- support your child to prepare for the future world of work
- help your child to develop skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to manage their own career
- understand your child’s career journey, which starts in childhood and continues throughout their life
- help your child develop the career they want, to feel more confident and to build their own support network
- have career conversations that go beyond ‘What do you want to do when you finish school?’
- help your child to make informed decisions about their career options.
We’ve included resources and ideas about how you can help your child during the following stages of their education:
Your role in your child's career development
You are the biggest influence on your child’s education and career decisions. The Face-to-Face report (2010) by the National Youth Agency in England showed when young people want career information, advice and guidance they come to their parents or carers first. Other research also shows the important role of parents in their children’s career development, especially in the early stages of their education (Watson and McMahon, 2003). There is also evidence that parents’ involvement in their child’s learning improves their child’s motivation, attendance, achievement and career outcomes.
When you’re talking to your child about their career development, it’s important to focus not only on finding a job, but on the skills, knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and competencies your child will need lead a productive and fulfilling life. It is important to encourage your child to discuss their goals and aspirations, and for you to listen to their ideas. Be open-minded and encouraging, and remember that this is your child’s career journey. While you will have your own ideas about the direction they should go in, the decisions are theirs.
Every child’s career journey is unique. Some children have clear goals from a young age, others will take a longer time to explore their options and make decisions. Be patient as they move from discovering who they are towards applying the knowledge and skills they gain at school.
Your child’s school will support this through planned career development learning and activities informed by the Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework.
For more information, see:
Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework
For more information about how you can support your child’s career journey, see: