Career planning with your teen

Looking to the future beyond school

Research shows that parents are the single biggest influence on kids' post school plans, so it is important that you are up to date with relevant information.  According to Year13 half of all school leavers don't know what they want to do as a career, but as parents we know our kids best and can support them and encourage them on their journey of discovery.

So to help you help them we've put together some useful places to set off on your journey together.

Your school careers' advisor is usually a font of knowledge about up to date options in your state or territory.

We've also included some suggestions of where to research what all the options are and how to work out what might suit your child best.

A great place to start is our:

National careers information

You can also check out the following.

The National Careers Institute has information about university, training and work options, as well as support available for students and trainees. There is a special advice service available for school leavers and a school leavers information kit which is also been translated into additional languages.

All Australians aged 15-24 are eligible for a free one-on-one, 45-minute career guidance session with a qualified career practitioner through the School Leavers Information Service. The information service is available via:

The NCI has also developed a dedicated Parents and Guardian’s Guide for School Leavers.

Your Career is jam packed with information on career and training options, including explanations of different occupations.

It also has a 'Find your future career' quiz, which takes you through your preferences and aptitudes and suggests some possible career options.


Free online quizzes

Free online quizzes are a good way to start a conversation with your child and explore areas they might be interested in.