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Supporting your child to make career decisions

Your child will make important decisions about their future throughout their years in education. Careers Wales can support you and your child in making the right decisions to help them achieve their career ambitions.

Supporting your child to make decisions about their future

About us

The economy and jobs market is set to significantly change over the coming months and even years as a result of the pandemic.

In this rapidly changing situation, impartial careers advice and guidance is more important than ever. We want to support you with the most up-to-date information and advice so you can be in the best position to help your child to navigate their career path.

We are here to help young people and adults make career plans and decisions, to move into the right training, further learning or employment opportunities.

Careers Wales provides free and impartial careers information and support for anyone making education or employment decisions.

Our services focus on supporting customers to develop awareness and aspirations to equip them to make effective career decisions throughout their lives.

Our services can be accessed by telephone on 0800 028 4844, by webchat, or by email.

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Career journey

As your child progresses through school, there are key times where they will need to make decisions and choices that will affect their future career.

Year 9
Age 13-14

Decisions made in year 8 or 9

In either year 8 or 9 your child will choose which subjects, courses, and qualifications to study in years 10 and 11.

What to think about in year 8 or 9

The choice of GCSE subjects will have some effect on what your child can do in the future. However, choosing subjects that suit your child and their abilities is most important.

If they have a career in mind think about the subjects they might need. If not, go for a good balance. This will keep their career options open later on.

Careers Wales support to help with decision making in year 8 and 9

In school your child will be given the opportunity to discover more about their personalities and strengths and to explore job ideas through:

As a parent or guardian speak to our careers advisers at parent evenings and parent events or contact us for further support.

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Year 11
Age 15-16

Decisions made in year 11

After GCSEs your child will face several choices. Your child could:

What to think about in year 11

If your child has a career in mind, research the entry requirements and find out if any specific subjects or courses are required. This will impact their next steps. A good place to start is to explore our Job Information job titles, which contain information about entry requirements and much more.

Careers Wales support to help with decision making in year 11

In year 10 or 11 pupils will be asked to complete a questionnaire called Career Check. This survey will show us how far your child has progressed with planning for the future and help us to offer them tailored support according to their needs.

Support could include the following:

  • Access to employer events
  • Group works on specific topics
  • One-to-one interviews with a careers adviser

Your child can also access all the information and tools available on our website at any time.

As a parent or guardian speak to our careers advisers at parent evenings and parent events or contact us for further support.

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Year 13
Age 17-18

Decisions made in year 13

At this stage your child has a range of choices including whether to:

What to think about in year 13

Your child's choice of career will decide their next steps. Research entry requirements and consider all the options.

For an overview of all the options explore:

Explore entry requirements at:

If your child is thinking of going into higher education available funding can also impact their decision. Find out more about funding studies.

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How can you help your child make career choices?

You will be a big influence on your child's career choices. Here are some tips on how you can help:

  • Discuss their future career ideas and encourage them to think about all the options available
  • Encourage them to make full use of the help available to them in school, college and from us at Careers Wales
  • Use this website to look to the future by finding out about the job market, skills employers are looking for and employment trends
  • Encourage them to develop their skills through education, hobbies, interests, work experience and part time jobs
  • Encourage them to research and allow them to make their own choices
  • Show them Buzz Quiz to discover their strengths, and Career Match Quiz to explore job ideas
  • Attend Careers Wales events and webinars
  • Visit Careers Advisers during parent evenings at your child's school

Our services

We offer a wide range of services to support your child through school, sixth form, college and into employment or higher education.

As part of these services we may contact you or your child by email, text or phone to let you or them know more about activities, events or information that are relevant to your child's education and future career.

Services to pupils in years 9 to 11

Get an insight into the range of services Careers Wales offers to pupils in years 9, 10 and 11.

Services to young people in post 16 education

Explore the support Careers Wales offers to young people in post 16 education including 6th form and college.

Services to pupils with additional learning needs

View the tailored support Careers Wales offers to pupils with additional learning needs.

Services to young people not in education or training

Careers Wales can support your child after they leave education to explore their options and help them to find employment, education or training opportunities.

What details do we hold and why?

For us to provide our services, it is necessary for us to hold personal data about the customers we work with. To find out more about how we use personal data please read our privacy notice.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the careers support we offer your child.

You may also be seeking careers support for yourself, for example if you are seeking work, facing redundancy or changing career. We also offer careers information, advice and guidance to adults. Please contact us to book a careers appointment or to find out more.

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