Supporting your child with their career decisions

Is your child studying for their GCSE’s or considering their next steps after leaving education? 

We’ve created some FAQ’s to help you support your child with their career decisions.

  • I'd like my child to start exploring different careers, what can I do to help?

    Your child can start exploring different careers by using our Job Matching Quiz. The quiz is a great starting point for further discussion and ideas with your child.  

    • Match their skills and interests to over 700 job titles to generate personalised career ideas
    • Provide them a reason why each job is selected and allow them to explore them further
    • Recognise the qualification and work skills needed for the perfect job 

    If you and /or your child would like to speak to a Career Adviser about ideas and options then your child can ask to see a Career Adviser in school or contact us any of the following ways: 

    Phone: 0800 028 4844 (Lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30pm Friday)

    Mobile: If you ring us on your mobile we will call you back for free 

    Webchat: Chat to an adviser using our live chat (9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30pm Friday)

    Email us your query or question and we will answer within 2 working days.

  • My child has some career ideas. Where can I find further information on these jobs?

    There are many useful areas on our site where your child can find out more about their career ideas.

    Job Information - Search for information on 100s of different job titles.

    Career Search - Find out about a job; the wages, demand, qualifications and much more

    Job TrendsView our 'Spotlight on' different sectors which gives current and future demand information by job sector.
  • I know what subjects they enjoy and are good at, how do I find out about the types of jobs these are linked to?

    Some jobs will specify the need for a certain subject to be taken, usually at A Level in order to progress onto a degree or degree apprenticeship e.g. nursing usually requires a science subject.

    Other subjects may not necessarily be associated with a specific sector or job but still has great benefits in terms of the skills they allow your child to develop for the workplace e.g. Religious Education develops skills including communication, awareness of others, ability to express an opinion, respect for others. 

    Take a look at Subjects and Jobs to start exploring the jobs related to each subject.  ‘Explore Subjects’ section on the Job Matching Quiz 

  • What jobs will be in demand in Wales over the next few years?

    Knowing what jobs are available in Wales now and in the future can help you your child to start exploring different career ideas. 

    View our video for an overview of current and future jobs in Wales ‘Wales – the current and future world of work’

    Our Job Trends can also give you information on the key sectors in Wales and the likely demand for jobs in each. 

  • Will technology play a part in the types of jobs available in the future?

    Your child is part of the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

    Technology is changing quickly. It affects most things you do in life and will impact how your child will work in the future.

    According to the World Economic Forum 65% of children entering primary school today will be doing jobs that do not yet exist.  This means that children today will need the technological skills to compete in the future job market and the skills technology cannot easily do like critical thinking, emotional intelligence and creativity.

    Just think about the jobs of today that did not even exist 10 years ago….

    • Drone Pilot
    • Vlogger/Blogger/YouTuber
    • Cloud Storage Experts
    • Nano-Medic

    Technology and Artificial Intelligence already exists amongst us in our everyday lives, and whilst they are predicted to take some human jobs they still need humans to control and programme them. 

    Research by the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford suggests that technology will influence jobs in the future. Some jobs we know today that are considered at being high risk for future automation include:

    • Kitchen and Catering assistants
    • Chartered and Certified Accountants
    • Book Keepers, payroll manager and wage clerks
    • Receptionists

    For further information take a look at our Spotlight on Information Communication Technology

    View our video Technology: Its impact on your world of work 

  • How can I help my child prepare themselves for the job market?

    Employers want candidates who can show they have the motivation, experience and skills to benefit their workplace. You can support them by:

    • Encouraging them to be aware of their skills - Make them realise that what they do on a daily basis in school allows them to get the skills employers want e.g. class discussions, planning a project, solving problems in Science or Maths, debating, leading the football team, organising their homework for the week. 
    • Getting them involved in new activities and experiences - The more they do in school and in activities outside school, the more they can offer employers in the future; joining a sports team or club, volunteering, weekend or holiday work and helping family to babysit or do chores.
    • Discussing their options and career ideas  with  them - Knowing what your child is interested in and enjoys can help you both explore the jobs available to them. Do you know if your child is planning on working in the local area or would like to study and work further away? Having a better understanding of the type of job they want to do will give them a direction and get them thinking about what they need to be doing now to achieve their goal and be better prepared for the job market.

    Start exploring ideas with your child using our:

    Take a look at the advice employers would give themselves at 16 years old

  • What skills do employers look for when recruiting?

    Did you know? 73% of employers in Wales have hard-to-fill vacancies because they cannot find applicants with the right skills, qualifications and experiences.

    Some of the common key skills missing according to employers are:

    • Ability to manage own time and prioritise tasks 59%
    • Team working 56%
    • Customer handling skills 46%
    • Managing own feelings/handling of others 46%
    • Managing or motivating staff 41%  

    Skills most commonly asked for by employers in online job adverts included:

    • Communication skills
    • Organisation skills
    • Welsh
    • Planning
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Detail-Orientated
    • Problem Solving
    • Leadership

    (April 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2018 Labour Insight, 2018).


    Take a look at the top tips employers give on skills and how to gain them

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