Information for Parents
& Carers

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Careers Wales

provides independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to help pupils make informed and reasoned decisions on their learning and career options. These high quality services are delivered through practices that challenge discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.

Choosing subjects in Year 9:

• Choose subjects you enjoy
• Choose subjects you are good at
• Find out which subjects you need if you have a chosen career in mind
• Keep your options open by making a balanced choice
• Talk to your Careers Adviser
• Talk to your parents or carer and your teachers

• Choose a subject because your friend is taking it
• Reject a subject because you think it’s ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’
• Choose or reject a subject because you like or dislike a teacher
• Choose a subject only because you think it will be easy
• Choose a new subject without finding out more about it
• Decide at the last minute

What to do after Year 11:

It’s always better to explore all of your options so that you can make a decision that’s best for you.

Options include:
• 6th Form
• College – (apply as early as possible)
• Apprenticeships – (it is up to you to find a company to take you on)
• Employment
• Setting up your own business
• Studying or working abroad
• Youth Gateway
• Traineeships

After sixth form or college, Careers Advisers provide:

• Help to choose the right course and place to study
• Help to re-consider your options
• Access to the latest Higher Education courses and job/training vacancies

For more information on the services provided by Careers Wales
please contact your school Careers Adviser,
call FREE on 0800 919520 or visit