Ask Fiona: My teenage son needs good careers advice from his school

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers her perspective on family dramas, emotional issues and dysfunctional relationships

Teenagers need sound advice as to what direction they need to go for their future career

MY son is coming up to 17 and doing A-levels in maths, physics and chemistry.

He was told he had to take maths with physics, but he is really struggling with it and not enjoying the course at all.

I feel he'd do better if he knew what he wanted to do, but the careers advice at the college is poor, in my view, and hasn't helped him at all.

Where can someone of his age get careers advice from?

The Job Centre only helps those looking for work, and I don't want him to be miserable for the next two years.


FIONA SAYS: The Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service provides impartial careers advice and guidance and is available to everyone whether they are employed, unemployed, in training or in education, including students in schools and further and higher education. 

To find your nearest office see To speak to a professionally qualified adviser phone 0300 200 7820 or a webchat service is available at

If you have a problem you can email me, Fiona Caine, at


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