Vivienne Cooper’s 16 year old daughter Emma, a student at Tanbridge House School in Horsham, has had a fairly good idea for a while that she’d like to pursue a career in the art and design world.  

Whilst supporting this, Vivienne however felt Emma needed to put more meat on the bones to really understand what the options open to her would be, and importantly what would best suit her personality.

She explains: “Children are expected to make choices about their education at a relatively early stage and these decisions can have long lasting repercussions on their future career.  They need to have a good awareness of their skills and strengths so that they’re equipped to make the right choices at the right time.  For those reasons, I feel passionately that careers guidance should be focused on a personalised approach. 

Having seen an advertisement in the local paper for a careers fair, Vivienne discovered the Futurewise programme run by careers specialist, Inspiring Futures and decided to find out more by visiting the website. 

“I was impressed with the professional approach and breadth of support offered by Inspiring Futures, but in particular it was the use of psychometric testing that really piqued my interest and so I decided to invest in the programme for Emma’s future benefit.

“The careers interview and associated report have really helped her to feel more confident in her A level choices.  They have opened up a wealth of ideas and resources about possible career paths and Emma now feels more confident that she’s following a path that she not only enjoys, but that she has the skills to succeed in.”

The Futurewise programme is designed to ensure that young people get the right level of support and information at the key transitional stages of their educational development, and provides on-going support from age 15 to 23.  In recognition that not all schools are able to, or choose not, to provide this to their students, Inspiring Futures decided to make the programme available for parents to purchase directly.  Vivienne is glad that they did – not only for her daughter’s benefit:

“From a parents perspective it’s helpful to have someone other than yourself providing guidance and support as you know it’s more likely to be taken seriously!  Added to this, it provides a level of reassurance that your child won’t opt for the wrong educational path which could prove to be a costly mistake.

“Whilst Emma is currently busy with her studies, it is good to know that she can continue to access the Futurewise advice when she feels it is appropriate to do so in the coming years.”

Find out how Futurewise can support your son or daughter to make informed confident decisions.


As a result of the Futurewise programme, my daughter feels immeasurably happier and is really enthused, not only about how to spend her gap year, but also about what to do afterwards. I feel the support my daughter has been given was not only professional but totally individual.

Angela Young, Parent

Completing the Futurewise profile was a good and helpful experience for me, it literally opened my eyes to the future. I liked the job suggestions and was impressed with the personality, abilities and interest section too.

Futurewise student