Careers Programme Planning

Dr Farheen Khan from National Careers Week takes us through some key planning elements when building a careers programme. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a new careers leader. Our responsibilities, and the hours allocated to delivering careers guidance and a comprehensive careers education program, often feel woefully mismatched. Over my seven years as a careers leader, I learnt that the way through is to plan out the bare bones of your careers program for each year group as soon as you have access to your school calendar. Read on to discover her top tips on priorities, the importance of careers guidance and the essential element of building a team to deliver the programme.

#CareersLeadersCan 2021 – Social Media Highlights

Last year we produced highlights pages for both #NAW2021 and #NCW2021. We thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the wonderful tweets coming through for The Careers and Enterprise Company #CareersLeadersCan campaign. Have you tweeted yet? Do you feature below?

Students proud of their Record of Achievements

Do you remember the National Record of Achievement? It was rolled out by the Department of Education in 1993 until the early 2000s as a portfolio where pupil’s could present their academic and non-academic achievements. The idea was that it allowed pupils to showcase their skills and abilities and it provided a “nationally recognised format for individuals to set our their skills, experience and achievements.” Click through to read how the brilliant Catherine Young of Kingsbury Green Academy, is bringing back the ROA and how students couldn’t be proud with what they’ve put together.

My Careers Story: Russell George

My Careers Story is a new series where a prominent Careers professional takes us on a journey through their history in careers education. They provide their key takeaways, providing some insight into where the future lays for them or Careers education in general. In the first piece in this series, we hear from Russell George.

The future of the Mock Interview

On Tuesday we published a piece urging you to go beyond the traditional approach to mock interviews and recruitment preparation for students. With more and more organisations making use of Artificial Intelligence to shortlist candidates, it is essential that people are exposed to these recruitment practices from an early stage. To learn a little more about how this can work in practice, we sat down with Mike Baker-Munton, Co-Founder and CEO of InterviewBot. Below Mike explores the theory behind providing young people with more interview practice and how technology can play a central role in levelling the playing field.

The end of the firm handshake?

I was standing in front of a mirror in an ill-fitting suit, repeatedly sticking my hand out while practicing, ‘hello, my name’s Michael I’m very pleased to meet you’. Back then I was a rather unconfident young man, floppy hair and pimpled. I was about to participate in my first and only ‘mock-interview’, to be held in the shadows of Chester Cathedral at the Northgate Street offices of Barclays Bank. I can still feel the pangs of anxiety as I rang the bell and waited for a George Banks type figure to open the door. The finals words of advice from my mother ringing loud in my head, like one of the nearby Cathedral bells…’remember to shake their hand, shake it firmly’.

For and Against: should ‘Careers Leader’ be an SLT position?

!22/11 UPDATE! The rules here are very simple, we take a statement and one person argues ‘For’ and the other ‘Against’. Who wins? Well, that’s for you to decide! There are a few ways in which to cast your vote, all of which you can find at the bottom of the page. In the first of the series, Mike Britland debates the statement ‘should careers leader be an SLT position’ with Careers education legend Janet College.

The Secret Careers Leader: invisibility

In the first piece in this series we hear from an anonymous Careers Leader who wants to share the current frustrations that they have in their role. If you would like to share a something about your role under the cover of anonymity then please email us at info@tfcareersnetwork.co.uk. All you will need to do is briefly outline what you want to say and one of our team will get in touch. In this week’s piece our Careers Leader is unsure on what they can do to get recognised and not just for the work they’re doing, but just people knowing who they are!

Occupational Maps: the best kept secret

In a brief preview and to lay some ground work to a forthcoming post from our Vocational education expert, Adam Cotgrave. We thought we would share with you what could be described as the best kept secret of vocational education pathways, Occupational Maps! All Apprenticeships and T Levels are based on occupations recognised by employers. Produced by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the maps bring these occupations together to show where technical education can lead. There are 15 maps in total, one for each route. Simply, if there’s an apprenticeship available in something, it’ll be on a map.