How to talk to your children about their career options

As a parent, you have more influence on your teenage children and their career choices than you might realise. From your own career experience to how you talk to your children about their options, you have an opportunity to have an impact that can shape their future.

Preparing for jobs of the future

We all want the best for our children, and often, this can lead to a focus on university studies. But did you know that 9 out of 10 jobs of the future will require Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications?

In today's job market, we are also seeing reports of university graduates struggling to find work, with supply outstripping demand in many industries. In contrast, we are seeing VET graduates earn an average of $2000 more than their university counterparts in their first year alone.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be a great way for school leavers to develop a career with great job prospects, build the practical skills employers are looking for, and start earning straight away.

More than traditional trades

Often, when we talk about apprenticeships, people think about the traditional trade careers, like plumbers, electricians and mechanics. There are some great opportunities to be had in these spaces, but if it’s not where your child's interests lie, modern apprenticeships are about so much more. With over 500 occupations, from microbrewing to animal health, arts and culture to IT and engineering, apprenticeships really do offer something for everyone.

If you haven't discussed apprenticeships with your teenager, now might be a great time to start exploring options.  You can also make use of VERTO's Careergate tool.  It's a free online platform, supported by friendly and experienced career specialists, that helps students, school leavers and job seekers to explore options and find the right study and apprenticeship path.

From online tools and questionnaires to match your interests to a study and career path to applying for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, CareerGate has all they need to get started.

If they're ready to dive in, get started here. It's simple and easy to use, following an intuitive five step process that takes around 35-40 minutes to complete. If they're ready to find employment opportunities, Careergate even enables your child to upload their resume to start applying straightaway.

If you'd like to speak to our team to get some extra guidance on career options, we're here to help! Give us a call on 1300 4 VERTO or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..