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Parents, caregivers and whānau

Parents, caregivers and whānau have a major influence on their children's career decisions. Students need their advice and support as they make their learning and career plans and transitions. Parents, caregivers, and whānau can also contribute to the school’s career education programme as adults who are managing their own careers.

Parents, caregivers and whānau can contribute to school career education and guidance by:

  • being actively involved in their child’s learning and career planning
  • understanding for themselves the range of career pathways open to their children
  • increasing their own knowledge of how to access reliable career information
  • assisting their children to access reliable information and to become aware of the range of pathways that may be open to them
  • expanding their child’s knowledge about study, training and the world of work
  • attending careers evenings or other events with their children
  • helping their children to set goals and put their plans into action
  • being actively involved in their child’s transition decisions, including subject choices and leaving school
  • questioning school policies that have an impact on their children's future career options
  • providing practical advice or assistance to the school (for example, as a speaker or mentor or on a mock interview panel)
  • offering work experience or work shadowing in their own places of employment.

To encourage parents, caregivers and whānau to be actively involved in their children’s career development, schools can:

  • promote and support family or whānau involvement in career education by participating in community hui and events and using community bulletin boards, radio, etc
  • include and support a career education focus in ongoing initiatives aimed at building partnerships with parents and whānau, such as Home School partnerships
  • arrange meetings between career education staff, teachers, parents, whānau and students to discuss students' individual career and learning plans, often within the school’s pastoral care system
  • personally invite parents to meetings and arrange them at times that suit diverse families and at welcoming locations
  • build on the success of academic, cultural and sporting activities to encourage parental involvement in career planning and school achievement
  • routinely liaise with family or whānau and make sure they receive key information, taking into account home languages
  • assist parents to understand their role as career mentors and provide advice and strategies to equip them to undertake that role effectively.

The community

Community organisations and individuals in the community can make valuable contributions to a school’s career education and guidance programmes.

The community can:

  • assist schools to design and implement career education programmes and events
  • include a career education component in the community's hui and events
  • provide mentors, including former students, for students with particular career interests, students who are not engaged in learning or those identified as at risk of not making successful transitions
  • provide accurate and up-to-date information about career opportunities in the community
  • encourage students to become active in their community as a way of enhancing their key competencies and career management competencies
  • provide information about support in the community for career decision making while a student is at school and after they leave school.

Published on: 04 Aug 2009


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