Careers advice at school

If your child is at school, college, in training or looking for work, they can ask experts for help and guidance about their career. In Year 12, they can have a careers guidance interview.

Careers teachers in school

Careers education is taught in all post primary schools across Northern Ireland. Careers teachers increase your child’s knowledge of the world of work and develop their work skills.

Careers advisers in schools

Careers advisers are professionally trained and are based in school careers offices. A careers adviser is assigned to all post primary schools. They support the careers education programme by giving impartial careers information advice and guidance. Speaking to a careers adviser will help your child make successful career choices.

Careers advisers in schools can give:

  • individual career guidance interviews to help with choices from Year 10 onwards
  • class and group talks on careers options and topics
  • information about further and higher education and training courses
  • information about careers and the skills and qualifications needed
  • information about current and future job opportunities
  • help with CVs, application forms and mock interviews

The careers guidance interview

A careers guidance interview is a one-to-one meeting between your child and a careers adviser.

This interview takes place at your child's school when they're in Year 12. The interview lasts about 30 to 40 minutes. It's a careers guidance interview  to help your child consider their career options and to make informed, suitable and achievable career decisions.  

If you wish to be at your child's careers guidance interview, you need to contact your child’s careers teacher.

What happens at the careers interview

During the interview, the careers adviser will encourage your child to talk about:

  • their interests
  • how they are getting on at school
  • their likes and dislikes
  • work experience

They'll also help your child recognise how these could influence their career ideas.  

If your child hasn’t any clear ideas about what they want to do after they leave school, the careers adviser will help them to identify and discuss suitable options.

Setting goals

As part of the careers guidance interview process, the careers adviser will draw up a personalised plan to help your child achieve their goals.

The plan includes:

  • where your child is on their career path
  • what your child wants to achieve
  • how they will get there
  • who can help them achieve their goal

It is important you discuss the plan with your child and encourage them along the way.

Preparing for a careers guidance interview

To help your child get the best from the interview, you should encourage them to think about:

  • their skills, for example,  they're a good communicator or team player
  • their personal qualities, for example they're approachable, well-organised
  • jobs, subjects, interests they like and dislike
  • their career ideas and plans for the future
  • any barriers such as personal circumstances, financial, criminal convictions
  • any qualifications or experience they need for their chosen career

Getting careers advice if your child has left school

You child can still get help from the Careers Service when:

  • they've left school
  • they're at college or university
  • they're on a training course
  • they're looking for work

You and your child can contact Careers Service and ask to see a careers adviser:

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