Step by step practicalities for applying to Oxbridge – a student’s guide

By Matthew Carmody So finally you are ready to apply. The next stage is arguably the one that causes students the most anxiety, until they are invited to interview of course. Your UCAS application will need to be submitted by the closing date for all Oxbridge applications of 6 p.m. on 15 October. Let’s go… Read more »


Responsibilities of a careers leader: Leading

Careers Leader

By David Andrews and Tristram Hooley The first responsibility of a careers leader is to lead. Leadership is about inspiring people and getting them to buy-in to your vision about the purpose and value of the careers programme and how it should be organised. People should want to follow leaders rather than feeling that they… Read more »


Preparation for STEM Careers – Attending Events

If you’re interested at some level in a STEM career but not sure how to get things moving, you could think about attending some events. There are plenty of careers events for STEM, some national, some regional and some local. Many of these are ‘regulars’, occurring annually (sometimes more often) at venues such as universities,… Read more »


Results Day – A Guide to Adjustment and Clearing for Careers Leaders

University Choice

Adjustment Adjustment might give students an opportunity to reconsider where and what to study. If they met all the conditions of their firm choice and exceeded at least one they could change their place for another course they may now prefer. Adjustment begins on A level results day and lasts until 31 August. If your… Read more »



National Employability Day – free guide for university careers support services

By Tristram Hooley and Korin Grant Download this free supplementary guide to support using the Graduate Career Handbook within career support and employability programmes. We know that many students don’t worry about their careers until it is too late. We also know that most universities recognise this and have developed a range of career and… Read more »


National Employability Day – Useful skills and personal qualities for STEM careers

Remember two things: everyone has some personal strengths especially suited to certain jobs or fields of work, and no recruiter can reasonably expect any newcomer to already have the skills they’ll need.  In any real person, skills and personal qualities will have grown together over the years, making it hard to draw a clear line… Read more »



Indigo and the Gatsby Benchmarks

Indigo and the Gatsby Benchmarks

Indigo is our new complete, integrated solution for careers leaders, including modules for exploring careers, choosing university courses, managing work experience and lesson planning.  It has been designed to help Careers Leaders to meet all of the Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance, which schools have been asked to start implementing from this September. Download this PDF… Read more »