Parents & Carers (Careers)

Parents and carers play a vital role in ensuring their children gain the best information, advice and guidance to prepare them for life once they leave Cowley: parents and carers have skills, knowledge, insight and connections, which may well make all the difference in helping their children make the right decisions and the right next step.  To help you support your child, we have therefore designed this website to provide you with all the information you will need to enable you to take an active role in your child’s Careers Education. Understanding the changes in the Labour Market is equally important as knowing the education providers that are available, as it is this information on the growth market that may help develop a successful career.

Parents and Carers are also welcome to receive any Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance that you wish to receive. We have plenty of information, prospectuses and resources to help you create a CV and prepare for job or college interviews, so please feel free to contact the designated CEIAG lead colin.mercure@cowleysthelens.org.uk to find out more.

Parents’ Perspective Podcast

“The Parent Perspective” is an exciting podcast series for parents and carers, helping them to support their children with careers advice and guidance. Series 2 is bigger and better than ever, led by our brilliant new host, Rachel Burden!

Together with Not Going to Uni, we want to make sure that we are supporting parents to feel informed and confident in providing careers support and guidance to their child, so that they ultimately make the best decisions for them.

Through the podcast Rachel and guests offer a fun and informative space for listeners to:

  • Explore which careers are available today
  • Showcase the experiences of interesting and diverse role models
  • Provide real-time insights into how the world of work is changing

Each episode Rachel speaks to a diverse mix of parents, bringing their burning questions to expert speakers from the careers world. Together they uncover practical solutions and informative answers, to help you and your child make informed decisions on those all important next steps.

CareerMag for Parents and Carers

Click the image to read the latest issue of the CareerMag for Parents and Carers

Invitation for Parents: Success Beyond School

How to coach teenagers towards a successful career

We are delighted to announce the first events in our Success Beyond School series for this academic year. These are live online seminars featuring career experts, designed to help parents amplify their children’s career potential. The events are for parents of students aged 12-18 and are free to attend.

30th November: Finding a Future in Finance
Gaining the skills for a career in Finance 

Support your child’s application to university, financing a university degree, moving from school to university, and more.

The University of Exeter’s Discover University platform provides information, advice and guidance for prospective students, parents/guardians, teachers, and advisers about studying at university.

We understand how important it is for parents and supporters to be well-equipped to support their young person’s journey to higher education.

Our dedicated Discover University webpages and social media feeds will provide the key information needed at each stage of the journey. We also run regular webinars, specifically aimed at parents and supporters, covering a range of topics such as:

  • Student Finance
  • Accommodation 
  • Support Services for Students
  • Support for Results Day 
  • Preparation for University

Sign up for the University of Exeter’s free webinars aimed at parents/supporters today:

University events and courses for parents/carers to help you support your child’s choices

A Parent and Supporter’s Guide to University Entry

The UCAS process can be bewildering so the University of Reading developed a free online course, “A Parent and Supporter’s Guide to University Entry” with a basic step-by-step guide to applying to HE and tips on ways parents and supporters can support their young person with their choices. Watch the teaser here.

The University of Reading are also part of the Uni4me website where secondary age students can access resources from curriculum help, careers advice, skills development and information about how to apply to University. What resources could be helpful to your young person?

Paths to Careers – a Parent’s Guide – A publication for parents to help their child’s decisions on further education, apprenticeships & careers.