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The Classic Career Advice You Shouldn’t Forget, According to Oprah
October 24, 2018

Oprah threw out some serious wisdom to the 2018 class at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s recent commencement ceremonyOprah Winfrey

She started off her address to the world’s future writers, journalists, reporters, and speakers with the bad news: A lot’s going on in the world, and it’s not all great. The good news, she joked: “Many of your parents are probably taking you somewhere special for dinner tonight.”

Of course, the real good news she had for everyone in the audience was that “there really is a solution” to all our problems, and the solution is “each and every one of you.” (What else would you expect from the woman who, off-handedly, mentioned she’s been speaking to audiences for 25 years, ran the highest-rated daytime talk show, and has never missed a day of work in her life out of 4,561 episodes.)

But the meat of her speech—the part that had me thinking about my own career—was about old lessons becoming new again. Read more

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper
October 12, 2018

This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the requirements on schools, colleges and universities in England to provide careers guidance, the quality of the advice provided, and also the organisations working to provide careers adviceImage result for house of commons library

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This briefing applies to England only.

State-funded schools

Since September 2013, local authority maintained schools have been under a duty to provide impartial careers guidance to pupils from years 8 to 13 (ages 12-18).

The Department for Education has published statutory guidance(most recently updated in January 2018) for maintained schools on their duty to provide careers guidance.

Many academies and free schools are subject to the duties relating to careers guidance through their funding agreements, including those which opened from September 2012 onwards and those which have moved to an updated funding agreement. Academies without the requirement are encouraged to follow the guidance as a statement of good practice.  There is also separate non-statutory ‘good practice’ DfE guidance on this issue.

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National Careers Service from 1st October 2018
September 28, 2018

As you will know, the new National Careers Service contracts start on 1st October.  

There are now 9 areas, plus a telephone advice line.  Along with the priority group changes, the NCS team are keen for providers to:

  • embed the principles of the NCS Customer Charter see below
  • ensuring that Skills Action Plans are personalised to the individual
  • ensuring that actions are progressive – so if a client’s more than one intervention, there is a clear progression in their journey


What to Expect from your Career Guidance Interview
September 21, 2018

A really useful article to use with pupils before their career guidance interview written by Oliver Jenkin, a qualified Careers Adviser and has supported and guided students in schools and the community for a number of years.

Whether you are in Year 11 or 13 working towards GCSE or A-Level exams, the chances are that at some point you will be offered (or will seek out) an interview with a professionalCareers Advisor Careers Adviser.

This article seeks to help you get a better idea of what to expect from your interview so as to gain the most from the help offered.

What is the guidance interview for?

People seek career guidance with different career, educational and training-related needs. While at school or college you may need support with making effective subject choices or with weighing up the pros and cons of options such as going to college/university versus doing an apprenticeship for example. You may also need help sifting through the vast (and ever-changing) range of occupations available. While significant people in your life such as teachers, parents or carers will be able to help with this to some extent, they may only know about the jobs they have held themselves and their knowledge may also be out-of-date. Whatever you need to discuss with your Adviser, there are some common features to career guidance which should apply in all cases. Read more

Five Ways to Boost Social Mobility Through Skills
September 20, 2018

A new report from the 5% Club calls for a bigger role for work experience in schools and colleges. By George Ryan 

Improving the quality of work experience and careers advice in schools and colleges is critical to enabling social mobility, a new report states.

The 5% Club is a membership organisation of employers committed to increasing the number of “earn and learn” skills training opportunities, including apprenticeships. In its new Playing to our strengths: Unlocking social mobility for economic good report, the organisation sets out a number of measures it believes would increase social mobility in the UK through changes to the skills system. Here is a summary of their recommendations:
1. Links between schools, colleges and employers need strengthening

Employers should develop strong links with schools and colleges in deprived areas and increase the access young people in those areas have to workplaces, mentors and work experience.

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Find Careers Ideas
September 10, 2018

Find career ideas by exploring different jobs, taking our career quiz, or looking at volunteering, apprenticeships, or starting your own business. The following is available at https://www.ucas.com/further-education/find-career-ideas

Knowing what to do can be tough. As a starting point, it’s helpful to know what sort of job or career you’d like to have – don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do yet though!

Research some job families

Work out what sort of job sector you’d like to work in by researching some job families. There’s a huge variety of job roles, many of which you may not have thought of.

Career quiz

Career quizzes can be fun, but they can’t tell you what you should do or your perfect job – they can give you ideas to start looking into. Our buzz quiz is a fun, short quiz which analyses your personality to see which job areas might suit you.

Starting business or self-employment

Have you considered working for yourself or setting up your own business?

  • LiveWIRE offers support information and advice for 16-30 year olds considering setting up their own business.
  • The Prince’s Trust enterprise programme also offers help. They support unemployed people between 18 and 30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and if self-employment is right for them.

Work experience and volunteering

If you have an idea as to the sort of job you’d like to do why not volunteer or take part in a work taster. Work experience will look good on your CV and give you a better idea as to whether you’d enjoy your chosen career.

  • All about careers gives useful guide to work experience and includes information on how you can get it.
  • If you’re interested in volunteering VInspired  is a guide for 14-24 year olds. You can search and apply for local volunteering opportunities through them.
  • Interested in youth social action? There are many volunteering opportunities and programmes available across the UK. Find lots of ideas and further information on the iwill website.
  • You may also want to consider National Citizen Service, it’s a residential and local programme for students in years 11 or 12.
  • International Citizen Service (ICS) – government funded international volunteering placements for 18-25 year olds in the UK.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

If you have a good idea of what you’d like to do, explore whether there are apprenticeship or traineeship opportunities in your chosen field.

PwC Tells New Staff They Can Choose What Hours to Work
September 4, 2018

The BBC reports that accountancy giant PwC has launched a scheme that allows some new recruits to work the hours they want.

The Flexible Talent Network allows people to list their skills and preferred work pattern when they apply.

A woman walks into the PwC building in LondonPwC says the aim is to attract skilled people who don’t want to be tied to traditional 9-to-5 hours.

Flexible working patterns can include anything from shorter weekly working hours, to only working for a few months a year.

PwC, which will match recruits to relevant projects rather than specific roles, hopes the move will give more diverse talent a route into the firm.

PwC, one of the so-called Big Four accountancy giants, said that it decided to embrace the gig economy after a study it carried out showed that almost 46% of 2,000 respondents prioritised flexible working hours and a good work-life balance the most when choosing a job.

So far, more than 2,000 people have registered with the new network in the two weeks since the initiative was launched.

Apart from the flexible working scheme, PwC is also recruiting for its six-month paid senior internship programme Back to Business, which is designed to help senior professionals to restart their career after an extended break. Read more

M&S Careers
August 21, 2018
National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline
August 15, 2018

A Guide to a Career in Law
June 2, 2018

TBI Law, experts in medical negligence claims, have created this guide so that you can help your clients begin to set out an effective career route into the law industry. 

Options when picking you’re A-Levels: Universities and potential employers will treat whichever subject you pick the same as any other A-Level on your application form and so it should only be chosen if you have a particular interest in the subject. This is a common misconception as many believe that when it comes to A-Levels that Law Is a requirement to study. This is not true, therefore you should choose subjects that you are confident that you will achieve high results in. You should pick subjects which showcase that you can cope with the intellectually challenging subject and profession that is associated with law jobs.

A lot of universities will exclude A-Levels in general studies and critical thinking when tallying up their A-Level entry requirements, so these subjects should always be regarded as extras as opposed to your core list of A-Levels. The subjects that you choose should also enable you to work on the skills that you need to be successful in the law industry. This includes developing your analytical, communication and research skills — English, history, maths, and science are all great subjects for this.

Some UK universities will require you to take a National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) when applying for their undergraduate law programmes, this includes:

  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University
  • University of Glasgow
  • King’s College London
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • SOAS University of London
  • UCL Faculty of Laws

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