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Preparing for the new term – key things to consider for your careers provision this autumn

The Y11s have left, the Y13s have gone. Time to put your feet up? Not quite. If you’re involved in career guidance or careers leadership in schools or colleges, the summer term might well include some time for reflection: analysing student feedback, reviewing activities and pondering what worked the previous year. The cycle of supporting… Read more »


The importance of time management skills

When I worked on What Employers Want, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) provided a fund of useful information. The thirty commissioners who lead this social partnership include business leaders
 and heads of further and higher education institutions from across the UK. ‘The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) works with industry and… Read more »


Saving the crop – why England needs National Careers Week

Guest blogger Janet Colledge explains the need for cross pollination: For those of us in the sphere of careers education and advice, it’s been a very rough ride into the 21st century. In the past 16 years, we’ve moved from local authorities having careers service departments via Connexions to the school-driven ‘patchy service’ that the… Read more »


What should work experience in schools look like in 2017?

Experience of work in schools has changed: five years ago it was all about a fixed week of work experience; today, it’s all about multiple encounters with employers. However schools decide to approach the issue, work-related experiences are essential for students’ self-awareness and understanding of the world of work. Working out what you do (or… Read more »


Preparing for a university admissions interview

Brian Heap’s advice for students getting ready for their university interview: University interviews may be arranged simply to give you a chance to see the institution and the department and to meet the staff and students. Alternatively, interviews may be an important part of the selection procedure for specific courses such as Law, Medicine and… Read more »


The importance of high quality careers guidance

Few, if any, would argue with the assertion that high quality careers guidance is a ‘good thing’, but what is good quality careers guidance? How do we know that careers guidance practice is effective? Since the demise of the Connexions Service in England in 2012, schools have been passed the baton of ensuring good quality… Read more »


Involving volunteers in your careers provision

One would have to be comatose to miss the Government’s very vocal call urging schools to involve volunteers in providing careers information to our young people. So vocal in fact that they have backed up their idea with £20m to run the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) for 2 years. The CEC role is to… Read more »


National Careers Week: Become a Computer games tester

In honour of National Careers Week 2016, we’re profiling some of the new job profiles from Careers 2016. Today’s new role from the 12th edition is Computer games tester. Computer games tester Qualifications and courses There are no formal entry requirements for a career in computer games testing. Knowledge of, and keen passion for, computer… Read more »


National Careers Week: Become a Virologist

In honour of National Careers Week 2016, we’re profiling some of the new job profiles from Careers 2016. Today’s new role from the 12th edition is Virologist. Virologist Qualifications and courses You will need a degree in a science subject in order to become a toxicologist. Relevant degree subjects include pharmacology or biochemistry and you… Read more »


National Careers Week: Higher Education Lecturer

In honour of National Careers Week 2016, we’re profiling some of the new job profiles from Careers 2016. Today’s new role from the 12th edition is Higher Education Lecturer. Higher Education Lecturer Qualifications and courses Entry is with a 2.1 or higher bachelor’s degree, typically relating to the subject or research interest you wish to… Read more »