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Know the facts

Below are some ideas to help discuss careers and the world of work with your child including, why developing key employability skills is important.

Know the Facts: Careers and Employability Skills

On average people spend around one third of their life at work so it is important to do something that you enjoy. There are many different roles and industries to work in ranging from an astronaut to a zoologist, so your children can be sure that if there is something they enjoy there is probably a way that they can do it for a living.

With so many careers to choose from there is a lot of information out there about the working world including, the types of responsibilities in each role, the qualification and skills needed and information about salaries and role progression. Children at this age need to develop their aspirations and to begin to think about what they like doing and what type of job they might one day like to do.

Key employability skills

Employability skills are really important in any job and employees need to have a lot of skills to be truly employable. The ten we have identified as most relevant to most careers are:

  • Problem Solving
  • Literacy and Communication
  • Business Awareness
  • Numeracy
  • Responsibility and Dependability
  • IT and Technical Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Positive Enthusiasm and Commitment
  • Organisation

But remember there are lots of different skills needed to succeed in work and different roles will require specific skills, as well as qualifications and other attributes. Helping to develop your child's employability skills is one of the best ways to help them successfully enter the workplace later on.