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.

Occupational Maps: the best kept secret

In a brief preview and to lay some ground work to a forthcoming post from our Vocational education expert, Adam Cotgrave. We thought we would share with you what could be described as the best kept secret of vocational education pathways, Occupational Maps! All Apprenticeships and T Levels are based on occupations recognised by employers. Produced by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the maps bring these occupations together to show where technical education can lead. There are 15 maps in total, one for each route. Simply, if there’s an apprenticeship available in something, it’ll be on a map.

Steering Group – Update

As we enter Phase Two of the network we have made some significant changes to how we operate. Those changes have seen a restructure to the steering group and the staggered introduction of our franchise network model. The restructure of the steering group allows us to broaden our reach in supporting Careers professionals. We found that by focusing solely on Secondary careers education we weren’t lacked the scope to draw important lines to the wider world of careers. Click the headline to learn more about the new structure and the current members of the group.

(University of) Cambridge Stonehouse Residential 2021 (CCC)

This Trinity College Cambridge programme is for groups of students who will be in Year 11 for the 2021/22 academic year (currently in Year 10) and an accompanying teacher from their school. Please read this page carefully before making an application. Complete the application form before the deadline to apply for the Stonehouse Residential is midday on Friday 4th June 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

(University of) Cambridge Low Participation Neighbourhood Summer School (CCC)

Each year Christ’s, Sidney Sussex and Murray Edwards Colleges at the University of Cambridge collaborate to run the Low Participation Neighbourhood (LPN) Summer School. This is a two year programme that commences in August of Year 11 with a summer school, continues with a programme of online support throughout Year 12 and culminates in a second summer school in August of Year 12. The summer schools usually take place in person, but will be online in 2021.

(University of) Cambridge Insight & Subject Tasters Opportunity for Year 12’ (CCC)

A programme for academically able Year 12 students to find out more about studying at a selective university like Cambridge! Each year, Christ’s College and King’s College at the University of Cambridge host Year 12 students from UK state schools to get a taste of studying here. We very much encourage nominations for and will prioritise students who are attending schools in disadvantaged areas (or have attended an 11-16 school, if you’re a 6th form/FE college reading!)

Careers Education in Primary school is the conversation we should be having

It can often seem that there is a never ending focus on Secondary education issues or achievements. If we viewed our school stages as a family, it could be argued that there is an inverse middle child syndrome at play; With Primary, Further and Higher education siblings looking at Secondary schools as the child that gets all the attention while they’re skills, talents and achievements are largely ignored. Here we examine how recently released reports allow us to switch the focus slightly and once again talk about the importance of Careers education or work related learning needs to start at the Primary level, particularly for disadvantaged young people.

UCAS 2020 Entry ‘Where next?’ report – Headlines

The UCAS 2020 Entry ‘Where next?’ has just been published and it has raised some very interesting recommendations from some very concerning findings. The main evidence for this report has come from a survey of first and second year UK university and college students. More than 27,000 first and second year students, accepted at age 17-19 over the last two cycles, took the time to tell UCAS about their pathway(s) to Higher Education. Below we take a look at those concerning findings and the interesting recommendations.

Sutton Trust COVID-19 and the University Experience Report: a Response

In the light of the findings from the recently published The Sutton Trust COVID-19 and the University Experience report, we reached out to our friends over at CHEERs (The Community for Higher Education Educators Researchers and Supports) for comment regarding the Careers education. Providing some initial thoughts on this area, steering group member, Chris Webb.

National Careers Week 2021 – Social Media Highlights

Following on from our #NAW2021 highlights page, we thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the amazing activities taking place this week for National Careers Week 2021. As always, #NCW2021 will be a storming success. Does your school or college feature?