Moving to the Big School can be daunting. There’s plenty they might be worried about.
But there’s so much to get excited about too. The trick is to keep them engaged, inspire their curiosity and ignite their imagination.
This is a time of exploration and discovery, and excitement about a new adventure. Get them thinking about what they’ll do in the future, and who they want to be when they grow up.
We’ll help you bridge the gap between primary school and secondary school.
Coping with change
This will probably be the first big change that they’ve encountered in their school lives.
You’ll want to nurture them, and support them as they navigate this potentially scary time.
There will be other changes too, not too far in the future, when they make their subject choices. Groundwork you lay now can help them make those decisions with confidence.
The best thing to help? Encourage them to think about who they are, and what they like to do. What makes them inspired? What gets them excited?
Don’t put pressure on them. They’re likely to be feeling under a bit of pressure at this stage anyway, and to think about careers at this stage could make them stressed and scared.
They probably have a lot of questions about what high school will be like. Listen to their concerns. Through research and talking to teachers, find answers to their questions and talk about their worries.
Learning about themselves
They’ll grow up, of course. And as they do, their interests will evolve, and the idea of what they want to do with their lives will change too.
Allow them the space to do this. Work with them to explore the things they’re curious and excited about, in an open way.
Encourage them to start reading about things they're interested in now. When they get a bit older, they could get more bogged down in the pressures of school, and they might have too many things to absorb information-wise.
At this age, they might be thinking in a broader and more open way. It’s giving them credit, at that age, that they’re pretty clued up on what’s going on and what is out there.
The support they’ll get
Careers support will be different from when you were in school.
Nowadays, it’s more hands-on and continuous. Advisers work in the school almost every day, like a member of staff.
Careers are very closely linked with everything that they do in school – employability skills and careers discussions are part of the way subjects are taught now.
In first year, they’ll be part of a big group session that’ll help them get to know the adviser, and understand the kind of support that they will receive from them.
At subject choices time, they'll also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one with their advisers. And they'll be able to attend lunchtime drop-in sessions at school, if they've got anything specific to discuss.
What you can do together
It’s about getting them to understand. It’s about trying to articulate how it works now.
Reassure them that this is just another step in their journey, and that you’re there to support them.
Try the tools on My World of Work together, to work out their strengths, skills, personality type and interests.Go back to Career discussions