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Resources to help parents support teen career development

Editor’s note: This article was originally published earlier this year. Recognizing that parents may be looking for assistance during the COVID-19 crisis with their children at home and potentially facing uncertainty about their educational and career pathways, we have added several new resources. This article may also be of interest to career professionals who work with youth. Comment below or email the Editor, lindsay@ceric.ca, if you know of a resource you think we should share with our readers. For COVID-specific resources, please refer to our regularly updated updated: Resources for Canada’s career professionals navigating COVID-19.

According to the Government of Alberta, the youth of today are likely to experience an average of 15 employment transitions in their working lifetime, including occupations in up to five different sectors of the economy, a variety of concurrent work roles, and planned and unplanned gaps in employment. Parents play a large role in teen career development. They act as examples of employees and employers and are often the first to introduce their teens to the world of work. This includes exposure to varying industries, job titles and positions, as well as job roles, tasks and attitudes toward work and career education. The following guides, articles, websites, career activities and tools will benefit parents and teens in their career development journey.

Guides for parents

The following guides may be helpful to parents who want to support and encourage their teen’s career development.

Career activities and tools

Teens and students may benefit from the following interactive activities, assessments and tools to discover and brainstorm about their futures in the world of work.

4 fun career activities for secondary students (Kuder)

Ideas and activities for creating a career cluster T-shirt, presenting a career in your community, and brainstorming occupations and future careers within different industries.

Career Crafting the Decade After High School (CERIC) [Book]

While this book is geared toward career professionals, parents may also find it informative. It provides practical counsel and effective tools to help reduce young adults’ anxiety and to assist them to take action in the face of uncertainty. Available for free download, or for purchase in print or as an ebook.

Career Vision: resources for high school students

Ideas and links to resources on teen career exploration, early career planning and planning for post-secondary education.

My Blueprint

Simple student portfolios and career resources for students.

Roadtrip Nation

Resources geared toward showing young people the breadth of career possibilities, including interviews with professionals about work and life, curricular resources, a career advice platform and a book on career pathing.

Teen Career Test and Resources – Holland Code

Teen career exploration tests and inventories (unpaid/paid).

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

This CERIC-published Guide, available for free download, describes the multiplicity of pathways that youth follow when training for and finding their way in a labour market that is vastly different from when their parents were starting out. This booklet offers practical suggestions for constructive roles parents can play, activities they can undertake and resources they can use to help their children make informed, personally satisfying career decisions.

The Guiding Principles of Career Development (CERIC)

These Guiding Principles explain the many facets and benefits of career development. They can be used to guide career conversations and activities. Career Work in Action: Discussions and Activities for Professionals – Youth is a guide that helps put the Principles into action.

What Colour is Your Parachute? for teens [Book]

This updated career guide for teens draws on the principles of What Color Is Your Parachute? by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles to help high school and college students zero in on their favourite skills and find their perfect major or career.

Worxica

Worxica is a job market research tool. It tracks Canadian job market trends by collecting and analyzing information from millions of Canadian job ads found online in the past year. Students can use this tool to find the skills and certifications local employers require in their selected occupation.

Career exploration for parents and teens

The following websites, videos and articles will help parents in the specifics of guiding their teen as they begin to consider employment and career opportunities. It’s never too early or too late in your teenager’s life to begin these explorations!


This article was originally published Feb. 13, 2020 and was last updated April 16, 2020.

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Leah Szabo Author
Leah Szabo is a certified career development professional in Vancouver. She is also a freelance writer and consultant on career development issues. Szabo has a background in teaching and has most recently worked as a Career Advisor and Facilitator. She is a graduate of the University of Victoria (BA) and the University of British Columbia (BEd), (MA – European Studies).
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Leah Szabo Author
Leah Szabo is a certified career development professional in Vancouver. She is also a freelance writer and consultant on career development issues. Szabo has a background in teaching and has most recently worked as a Career Advisor and Facilitator. She is a graduate of the University of Victoria (BA) and the University of British Columbia (BEd), (MA – European Studies).
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