Implementing effective Personal Guidance

In our first post of the year, Simon Wareham discusses the effective implementation of Gatsby Benchmark 8, Personal Guidance. Click the headline above to read about how Simon and his school are making effective use of this essential area of Careers provision. The Careers and Enterprise Company published a final report in September 2021 entitled ‘Personal Guidance Fund Evaluation’. At the Regional Careers Leader Network Meeting, in November at St James’ Park in Newcastle, organised by the North East LEP for all Careers Leaders in schools in the North East region, as a Trust, we were invited to present our response to this report and to provide insights to other schools as to how we deliver effective high-quality Personal Guidance across our Trust.

2021 Trends in Careers Education: a reflection

n Wednesday we got an early Christmas gift from the good people over at The Careers and Enterprise Company, the 2021 Trends in Careers Education. What a lovely gift it was to receive so much positive news to digest at a time where, lets face it, we’re all crawling to the finish line of a long hard Autumn term. The report itself is based on data reported from 3893 schools and colleges (about 78%) and also wider published research. We tweeted our initial and brief thoughts Thursday morning, which you can also read in this piece. Click through to read how we expand our thinking in more detail, but we’re really keen to hear what you think of the report. Please do leave a comment at the end of the article letting us know your thoughts.

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!

Do we still need the Careers Fayre?

On the whole students love a Careers Fayre! Where else can they replenish their termly worn pencil cases with triangular shaped highlighters and ball-point pens that are more than a little hit and miss when it comes to functionality? On their me. Outside of the stationery trinket collecting, what do students actually get out of the experience? And is there space and time in a Post-pandemic world for them?

Are academic qualifications enough?

Over the last eighteen months it has become acutely clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our young people and in particular their career pathways but more strikingly on the purpose and impact of school. The pandemic has made it clear that young people need a lot more than just academic qualifications if they are going to thrive, not only when they leave school, but also whilst they are at school.