Parents as Career Coaches: Empowering Conversations with the Experts

This December, HIEC is releasing its new podcast series, Parents as Career Coaches, which aims to help guardians, parents, and influential adults facilitate illuminating career-centered conversations with the young people in their lives.

The first three episodes of the series will be housed at and can be found where you stream your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music.

In the first episode, hosts Kelly Hoey and Phil Jarvis dive into the crucial role parents play as career influencers, and explore the valuable insights and advice from a panel of experts passionate about empowering parents in this critical role. These experts include career development professionals from across Canada: Dave Redekopp from Alberta, Sareena Hopkins from Ontario and Tricia Berry from New Brunswick.

In the second, Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, joins the conversation to discuss improving quality and equity in education and global competency. Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove called him the most important man in English education, even though he is German and lives in France.

In the third episode, Thom Markham, Ph.D., psychologist, author, speaker, educator and President of PBL Global, an education organization promoting inquiry-based learning, discusses how he works with school boards to design and implement project-based learning, which finds meaningful and authentic challenges in learning in a human development method, as opposed to the academic method.

Upcoming episodes will feature Australian Montessori Ambassador Gavin McCormack, recently named one of the world’s most influential educators, how parents and guardians can ignite curiosity, creativity, passion, purpose, and agency in young people. In another episode, Will Richardson, co-founder of the Big Questions Institute which challenges educators and communities to fearlessly reimagine what school could be, helps parents and guardians to fearlessly reimagine how they can support their children in embarking on happy, fulfilling and successful lives. In a new podcast, radio host Stephen Hurley, discusses what he learned during his active years of teaching, and subsequently in his daily conversations about education, that can help listeners have meaningful career conversations with their own children. Plus so many more experts to come.

By being supportive, curious, and patient, parents and guardians can empower their children to make informed and inspired career choices. Career development is a journey, not a one-time decision, and parents can guide their children every step of the way. The experts remind us that no decision is ever fatal, and opportunities for growth and learning are abundant in the ever-changing world of work. So, let’s embrace this journey with optimism and curiosity, creating a brighter future for the next generation.

Listen to the Parents as Career Coaches podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts!

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