Information for parents

Parents as career educators

Leaving school can be an exciting, yet daunting, prospect for a teenager. Parents, caregivers and whānau play a significant role in supporting their young person in exploring options for their future and in making good decisions.

You cannot underestimate the crucial role you can have in helping them discover their career pathway and weighing up all the options that lie ahead. Here are some ways you can support them:

  • Work with them to identify their skills and talents – actively identify and acknowledge the skills they are developing through school, hobbies and interests.
  • Tap in to and grow your own network of contacts. Learning about the types of work others do, and being able to introduce your young person to interesting people will advance their knowledge of a broader range of career options.
  • Connect your young person with facts and neutral information. For example Careers NZ jobs database or the NZ Government Occupational Outlook information. Use the resources on this Liston College  Careers website to help your teenager.

  • Encourage them to build career-oriented experiences and confidence through a part-time job, work experience or volunteering. This will grow their employability skills and give them a taste of what they like – and don’t like – about particular jobs and experiences.

  • Help your young person to plan flexibly. Having only a Plan A can lead to disappointment if it doesn’t work out. Giving examples from your own life and career can help young people see that obstacles and changes can lead to even more positive outcomes than first anticipated.

Career Central has produced an online short course which you can complete: Parents as Career Educators  

Careers NZ has resources to support parents: Helping young people make a career decision

Parent and Whānau Tertiary Information