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How do you learn about careers for your teen?

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miteshb Tue 30-Jul-19 10:10:59


Just wanted get thoughts on how you learn about what career options are available to your child depending on the subject they study. Has anyone come across the below and do you think it's useful?


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Mintjulia Tue 30-Jul-19 10:17:43

I didn’t. I went to a grammar which produced teachers, gps, scientists and MPs. It was like other professions didn’t exist.
I didn’t want to be any of those things so I did a business degree, and then graduate intake into IT. I was lucky.

Mintjulia Tue 30-Jul-19 10:29:11

The brochure is quite simplistic and will go out of date quickly. Almost every job I can think of Involves maths to some extent, even if only running a budget or calculating pricing, margins and commission.
Isn’t it better to go from the point of what your teen enjoys - ie interacting with people, or working with their hands or creative/artistic etc, and then looking for a career to suit their aptitudes.

stubiff Tue 30-Jul-19 11:33:24

You could try this.

Not subject related, but the example careers could guide the subjects they'd need to take.

stubiff Tue 30-Jul-19 11:38:47

Also, this.

Matches A-levels to most common degrees chosen with that combination. Degrees could extrapolate to careers.

HarrietSchulenberg Tue 30-Jul-19 11:58:54

I let my teens decide what career they might be interested in and work backwards from there. Unless they're thinking about something exceptionally niche, most GCSE options will be fine and will reflect their interests, which will have influenced their career options anyway.
Basically, I let my teens work it out themselves.

TeenTimesTwo Tue 30-Jul-19 12:57:28

We have looked at academic abilities, general skills and interests for my DDs. Then we have matched with an appropriate BTEC, and gone from there.

(The problem that can occur is where interests or self-perception mismatches with actual skills & abilities.)

Comefromaway Tue 30-Jul-19 13:02:02

My children both chose what subjects to study with what career they had in mind (and their aptitudes of course). My daughter wants to be a dancer, my son a musician/sound engineer/composer.

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