Parents & Carers (Careers)

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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 Series 2  

The much-anticipated second series 2 of The Parents’ Perspective podcast will be launching next month with the first episode of an 8-part series!  We’ll be back to tackle the big questions that parents and carers have about the options and choices available to their children.   In the meantime, check out all the available series 1 episodes below.

We’re delighted to announce Rachel Burden is hosting the Parent Perspective Podcast Series 2!  You may recognise Rachel as a brilliant presenter and broadcaster on BBC Radio 5 live – she’ll be bringing her own perspective as a parent as she helps listeners to navigate the complicated world of careers support and guidance. The first episode of the series will release later this month, so make sure you never miss a thing by subscribing to the podcast on your favourite platform!

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: 

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

Click below to sign up for the University of Exeter’s free webinars aimed at parents/supporters today.

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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.