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What do employers really want?

When I was first writing this book, I asked employers what they wanted from young recruits to their organisations. What made them select one applicant over another?  I wanted a fresh perspective so I focused on small- to medium-size companies rather than large organisations, many of which have comprehensive recruitment schemes for young people. I… Read more »



National Careers Week: Become an Interpreter

In honour of National Careers Week 2017, we’re profiling some of the latest jobs from Careers 2017. Next in the list of roles is Interpreter – download a PDF of this job profile here: Interpreter job profile Qualifications and courses Fluency in English and at least one foreign language is a prerequisite for those looking to work… Read more »


National Careers Week: Become an Energy Engineer

In honour of National Careers Week 2017, we’re profiling some of the latest jobs from Careers 2017. Next in the list of roles is Energy Engineer – download a PDF of this job profile here: Energy Engineer job profile Qualifications and courses This career is open to graduates of a relevant accredited engineering degree, such as environmental,… Read more »


National Careers Week: Become an Animal Physiotherapist

In honour of National Careers Week 2017, we’re profiling some of the latest jobs from Careers 2017. Next in the list of roles is Animal Physiotherapist – download a PDF of this job profile here: Animal Physiotherapist job profile Qualifications and courses There are several ways to qualify as an animal physiotherapist. The most typical is for… Read more »



National Careers Week: Become an Animator

In honour of National Careers Week 2017, we’re profiling some of the latest jobs from Careers 2017. Next on the list of roles is Animator – download a PDF of this job profile here: Animator job profile Qualifications and courses Entry requirements vary, however you will usually need an HND, Foundation degree or degree in animation, art… 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 »


Putting the final polish on your personal statement

A great personal statement is a work of art, not a hastily written paragraph or two. It takes time to research, plan, draft and then re-draft. Do not be afraid to re-draft many times. You can enter between 1,000 and 4,000 characters or a maximum of 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines)… 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 »