Parents and carers

Parents and carers have an important role to play in helping children and young people make decisions on the subjects they take at school and the course or career they decide to follow after leaving school.

Parents and carers are recognised as one of the key influencers in a young person's career choices; even if it seems like they're not listening to you, the messages you communicate about subjects and careers can have a big impact on your child's decisions.

In order to support your child to be what they want to be it's important to understand the other factors which can influence what pathways they see as being open to them.

In this section you will find information on gender stereotyping and the role it plays in narrowing children and young people's options, on the Be What You Want campaign, and what you can do to help your child make an informed decision about their future.

Parents and carers