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Four ways to help your kids prepare for work

We all want to support our kids - you can help by encouraging them to research, talk to the experts, and practice their interview skills. Read on for how you can help them reach their full potential when it comes to getting a job. 

1.  Create a CV     

Employers will use your child’s curriculum vitae (CV) to decide whether they are suitable for a job vacancy. It's a record of their qualifications and skills, so support your child in keeping it up to date and checking it’s tailored to each job they apply for. Find out how to help them approach CV preparation, including CV basics, key skills, matching a CV to a job:

2. Research different jobs and careers  

Support your child to research jobs to find out what is involved, what skills are required and what qualifications are needed. They can do this by:

  • Using the careers library and computers provided at school or college
  • Visiting their local Career Connect centre, using the facilities in the careers library and on the computers provided.
  • Encourage them to talk to relatives or friends who work to find out more about their jobs

Find out more here:

3. Talk to the experts

The Xplore service is for young people aged 16-19 and parents can contact them for tips in helping their children find work. It provides information, advice and guidance to help young people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers and motivational engagement workers:

4. Interview practice

Carry out mock job interviews with your child to help them to prepare for the kinds of questions they may be asked. Some good example interview questions can be found here: