Why it’s important for careers leaders to make their feelings (and needs) known to Ofsted

In the middle of the cold dark first few weeks back after the merriness and relaxation of the Christmas holidays, Ofsted launched its draft common inspection framework (CIF) ready for educationalists, and the public at large, to comment upon. Why should I get involved in this? Where do I get the time? These sorts of… Read more »

The Careers Leader Handbook, new one-day workshop Birmingham

Careers Leader Handbook workshops

by David Andrews and Tristram Hooley Join a one-day workshop, led by the two authors, to introduce The Careers Leader Handbook, the essential new resource for careers leaders in schools and colleges.  Booking form below. Wednesday 27 March 2019 09.30 – 16.00 Jurys Inn, Broad Street, Birmingham The Government’s new strategy for careers requires all schools and… Read more »

7 questions to find out where you are now with your careers programme

Careers Leader

by David Andrews and Tristram Hooley Your most important role as a careers leader is to oversee the whole careers programme and help to organise everyone involved in it. The first of the Gatsby Benchmarks is focused on this and provides some useful guidance which will help you to ensure the coherence and effectiveness of… Read more »

Job profile – Become a Personal Assistant

Entry level: 4 Qualifications and courses There are no specific qualifications required but employers do want you to have a good standard of general education, including GCSE/National 5 passes in English and Maths. A business-related BTEC or HND could help you find a position with greater responsibilities. You may find it useful to have an NVQ… Read more »

Preparing to talk about University choice at the personal guidance interview

Careers Advisor

The Careers and Enterprise Company published a report last month called ‘Personal Guidance: What Works?’ written by Julia Everitt, Siobhan Neary, Marco Antonio Delgardo Fuentes and Lewis Clark. In this report, the personal guidance interview is discussed and it is suggested that preparatory worksheets or workbooks would be useful to help students get the most… Read more »

The UCAS application: Tips on responding to offers

Here are a few tips to help guide you through the decision process. Decisions will arrive in a random order, possibly beginning a few weeks after you apply, so you should log in to Track periodically to check the status of your application. There are three main categories of decision: 1. Unconditional offer: no further… Read more »

The UCAS application: How to shine at interview

Many universities and colleges (especially the popular ones, running competitive courses) want to meet applicants and find out whether they would cope with the demands of the course before making an offer. What will you be asked? Interviews can take different forms – you could find yourself on your own in front of just one… Read more »

Job profile – Become an Architect


Entry level: 6 Qualifications and courses Professional architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The main route to qualification is through a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)/ARB-recognised degree. Minimum entry requirements are 3 A levels/H grades which should be drawn from academic fields of study. In addition you must have passed… Read more »