Possible Selves

Possible Selves is a series of online workshops for parents about higher education. Each session will explore a different subject area. The programme supports parents to have conversations about future options at home.

What is the programme?

Your young person is part of the generation who will be key drivers for change in a post COVID 19 world. But supporting young people to explore their futures can be challenging for parents. It can feel even more difficult in the current circumstances.

We must continue to support young people to feel positive about their future. One way to do this is to open our minds, and theirs, to the many different future paths they can take.

Possible Selves is a series of online sessions exploring two key areas:

1) Different subjects you can study at higher education level. Different sectors offering dynamic career pathways for graduates.

2) Practical ways to support young people to stay open to possibilities

What will a session involve?

Sessions will take place in weekday evenings on Zoom and will last for one hour. This term, we will also be exploring shorter lunchtime sessions. Sessions will be delivered by Kirsty from Aimhigher London and our higher education institution partners.

Subject sessions will provide: 

  • A short introduction to the subject
  • A talk by an academic, sharing why they love their subject and the careers the subject can lead to
  • A panel discussion with student ambassadors about their journey to higher education

The sessions are also a great way to meet and get to know other parents in a similar situation.

What has happened?

October: Growth mindset

How do we support young people to believe they can improve their skills through effort?

With Revolution Hive

November: What does the future hold?

How do we have inspiring conversations about the future when the present is so difficult for young people?

With Revolution Hive

December: Futures in Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with University of Bradford

  • Learning about foundation years in STEM subjects
  • Hearing from an academic on why they love engineering and the careers it can lead to

January: Digital media with University of Roehampton

  • Learning more about the “industry first” degree course at Roehampton University
  • Information on the wide range of job roles in the digital media industry

March: Futures in Creative Coding with University of Roehampton

  • Learning more about what studying creative coding involves
  • Exploring job roles that use creative coding across web, game and app design

March: Futures in Animation and Illustration with Kingston School of Art

  • Discovering the wide range of skills developed by a degree course in illustration and animation
  • Hearing from students studying the course to find out what the art school experience is like

March: Futures in Economics with University of Bradford

  • Hearing from an academic on what studying economics at university involves
  • Learning how economics prepares graduates for a range of roles in the job market

March: Futures in Computer Science, University of Roehampton, Tuesday 30th March 5:30-6:30pm

What parents have said so far

It was a really good thought-provoking session. It was lovely to hear people’s thoughts, struggles and successes. I wasn’t very brave at being part of the conversation but that’s my own insecurities-the guy who took the session was incredible and made me feel very comfortable. I didn’t feel pressured into be a part of the conversation. Made me think about how I deal with situations, but also made me realise having two children that are opposites, there is no right answer to any given situation.

Nicola, parent of Year 10 learner, Carshalton Boys Sports College


How can I get involved or join a session?

Your young person’s school will send out an email invite before each session. To hear about new sessions from us, you can join the mailing list.

Further information

If you’d like to find out more, or have any questions, email Kirsty.