"It’s so important to know where the job opportunities will be when my child leaves school so we can have the right conversations about them."
Jobs in demand
"As a parent, my greatest hope was always for the happiness and economic stability of my children, recognising that higher education isn’t the only route to success and the pressure it can bring with it isn’t for everyone.”
Adam's journey to full time work
After completing an HNC in social sciences, Adam was keen to get into the world of work rather than continuing onto higher education.Read Carrol's story
Routes and pathways
"When leaving school my son chose the course and institution carefully as he wanted the right tech and media skills for his career."
P7 - S1 transition
“My child’s scared about going to secondary school – how can I ease her mind?”
"When I thought about it, and had a look at the subject choice info the school had given me, I found that there’s a lot you can use drama for"
What the experts say
"Research shows that the best kind of relationship between parents and their children is one that supports the child to make his or her own choices"
Here's how to put it into practice.
Emily took a less traditional path
"Emily stayed on for sixth year at school, and used her time to get another two Highers. At college she felt nurtured and much more in control."Read Joanna's story
Routes and pathways
"Apprenticeships were a much better fit for my kids than going straight into higher education and I think that’s the case for a lot of young people."
The skills of the future
Pat said on Facebook
"My daughter is 12 and her world of work is going to be totally different to mine. I can’t know what the future will bring for her - but I can support her and help her to develop the skills she’ll need."
Coping when things go wrong
‘When the envelope landed on the doormat on exam results day she ran into her room and tore it open. After what seemed like an age, I heard a big wail… "Mum! I’ve failed them all!"’