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You are the single greatest influence on your child’s education and career decisions. The Face-to-Face report (2010) by the National Youth Agency in England identified parents and carers as the most common first point of call for career development information, advice and guidance for young people. Other research similarly points to the important role of parents in the career development of their children, especially in the early stages rather than in the later stages of their education (Watson and McMahon, 2003). There is also mounting evidence that parental involvement in student learning improves student motivation, attendance, achievement and career outcomes.

Career development needs 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. Be mindful 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 will 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 the Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework

For more information about how you can support your child’s career journey, see:

    • Career Planning At School
    • Career Pathways After School
    • Supporting Your Child
    • Staying Informed
    • Stages of Learning