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5 resources to help parents support their children’s career development

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It can be challenging for parents to know how to get involved in their children’s career development. However, from primary through to post-secondary, there are constructive roles parents can play in supporting their children’s career exploration and success. These resources can help.

The Early Years: Career Development for Young Children – A Guide for Parents/Guardians [Book]

This guide, published by CERIC, explores the influence that parents and guardians have on the career development process of children, ages 3 to 8. It empowers parents to support young children during this critical period of play, fun and fantasy. A PDF of the book is available for free download and print copies can be purchased through Amazon.ca and Chapters.Indigo.ca.

The Early Years is also explored in a free webinar from CERIC, presented by co-author Dr Mildred Cahill.

The Decade After High School: A Parent’s Guide [Book]

This book, available for free download from CERIC, offers practical suggestions for constructive roles parents can play, activities they can undertake and resources they can use as they help their children make informed, personally satisfying career decisions.

Career Coaching Your Teens: A Guide for Parents [Guide]

This online guide, published by Alberta Community and Social Services, offers practical ideas and resources to help parents support their teens as they explore career options and make informed career decisions.

A Career Development Resource for Parents: Helping Parents Explore the Role of Coach and Ally [Guide]

Published by the Government of Canada and the Canada Career Information Partnership, this guide aims to help parents understand what career planning is, how to help their children discover their passions and plan for their success, and more.


Did we miss something? Leave a comment below or send us a note at careerwise@ceric.ca if you have information that can help make our article even better.

Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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