Careers Programme Planning

Dr Farheen Khan from National Careers Week takes us through some key planning elements when building a careers programme. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a new careers leader. Our responsibilities, and the hours allocated to delivering careers guidance and a comprehensive careers education program, often feel woefully mismatched. Over my seven years as a careers leader, I learnt that the way through is to plan out the bare bones of your careers program for each year group as soon as you have access to your school calendar. Read on to discover her top tips on priorities, the importance of careers guidance and the essential element of building a team to deliver the programme.

#CareersLeadersCan 2021 – Social Media Highlights

Last year we produced highlights pages for both #NAW2021 and #NCW2021. We thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the wonderful tweets coming through for The Careers and Enterprise Company #CareersLeadersCan campaign. Have you tweeted yet? Do you feature below?

Students proud of their Record of Achievements

Do you remember the National Record of Achievement? It was rolled out by the Department of Education in 1993 until the early 2000s as a portfolio where pupil’s could present their academic and non-academic achievements. The idea was that it allowed pupils to showcase their skills and abilities and it provided a “nationally recognised format for individuals to set our their skills, experience and achievements.” Click through to read how the brilliant Catherine Young of Kingsbury Green Academy, is bringing back the ROA and how students couldn’t be proud with what they’ve put together.

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’.

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.

Why Benchmark 3 could be the most important benchmark

The aim of any careers programme should be to create provision that is tailored to fit the needs of each individual student. It might not be possible to create a wholly bespoke programme but we should make it easier for each student to have a programme that feels as much about them as individuals as it does about their peers. If they don’t feel involved then they don’t have ownership – this is why getting benchmark 3 right might just be the key to the success to your whole strategy.

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.

Statutory guidance for careers education – a thread

We know it’s a little late but we don’t seen any harm with us reposting our response to the announced changes to the statutory guidance for careers education here. They were released towards the end of the 2020-21 where they may have been missed by some. There isn’t anything major in here and with the changes at the DfE we may see further changes in the future. However, these are the ones we’re working with now, so please find our highlights on this page.

World Class School’s Symposium – Event Resources

On the 1st July we were asked to deliver two sessions for the LinkedIn partnered 2021 World Class School’s virtual symposium. Comprised of Secondary and Primary schools we discussed what world class Careers provision looked like. Hosted by Sandringham School in St Alban’s we presented ARRC contributed content to attendees and fielded questions from related to the information presented. It was a great way to spend the morning.