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How Young is Too Young to Begin Preparing for a Career?

The students at Manhattan’s LaGuardia High School, the high school that inspired the movie and TV show Fame, are hoppingWjat s the best age to track students mad.

They staged an hours-long sit-in to protest the role academics plays in their high school. The school’s principal is enforcing academic standards and wants more rigorous requirements, including more emphasis on Advanced Placement classes. The students argue this is not appropriate for a performing arts high school. “We’re not here to be the most perfect mathematicians,” Eryka Anabell, an 18-year-old senior, told the New York Times. “I’m here to discover myself as an artist.”

It is easy to dismiss the students as just wanting to get out of math class. But they do have a point and are making an increasingly common argument: High schools need to prepare students for more than college admissions. LaGuardia aims to teach their students a trade. As student debts mount, many politicians and scholars say we need more vocational education at the high school level that puts less emphasis on college curriculum and more on job skills. Read more

AI Careers Unappealing to UK Workers

Government data finds that many are uninterested in a career in AI as BEIS announces plans to boost technology skill.

Only 39% of people are interested in a career in AI with 59% of those aged under 45, according to research by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Kantar Public.

The report, which was released for London Tech Week this week, also found a gender divide over interest in AI jobs. Just 31% of women said they’d be interested compared to 47% of men.

More than 60% of people were excited to see what AI can do, however, and awareness levels of AI in everyday life were found to be more than 60%. Read more

Top Tips for Inspiring Young People to Choose Engineering as a Career

EngineeringUK has released a new free guide to help STEM professionals and ambassadors to deliver exciting and varied activities to help encourage young people to consider engineering as a career choice

Getting the message across is a top tips guide for anyone who provides engineering outreach activities in schools.

It encourages STEM professionals and ambassadors to plan inspiring and impactful activities by providing real-world examples of engineering matched to what students might be learning in the classroom.

Engineering cuts across all life from addressing some of society’s pressing challenges like climate change to building and designing new technology like mobile phones or apps for improving health and wellbeing.

The guide suggests that making links between the skills involved in the subjects young people study – such as maths, science, D&T, computing, geography, art and languages – and exciting job roles in engineering can really help students realise the value of these subjects for the future and switch them on to the idea of a career in engineering. Read more

Youth Voice Census Results 2019 : Press Release

Careers education and knowledge of apprenticeships is on the rise, but there is still much work to do to fix youth unemployment

Youth Employment UK has today launched the results from the 2019 Youth Voice Census, a survey capturing the experiences of more than 3,000 14-24-year olds as they transition between education and employment. Download the full Youth Voice Census Report for 2019 (PDF)

Young People And Careers Education

Young people are benefitting from developments in careers education policy and knowledge of apprenticeships is on the rise; 83% of respondents reported that they had had apprenticeships discussed with them whilst in secondary school, up from 58% in 2018. However university remains the option most frequently discussed, and young people’s confidence in pursuing an apprenticeship has some way to go before we see real parity. It is encouraging to see that those young people who do undertake an apprenticeship report high satisfaction levels. More than 83% say that their apprenticeship has prepared them for their next step, with 63% of respondents planning to stay with their current employer.

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More Than a Job’s Worth Report

LKMco has launched an important new report, which sets out what young people should learn during their careers education, and when.https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f6c6cb516a23622646159c4f0/images/63d797d4-5653-4856-b03d-58189ff63f79.png

More Than A Job’s Worth: Making Careers Education Age-Appropriate was commissioned by the charity Founders4Schools, and argues that children’s careers education should begin as soon as they start school. While this is something that may make some people squeamish, the report sets out how this can be done in an age-appropriate way

Read The Report Here

An Overview of the Employee Career Dynamics in the Digital Age

The following article is by Murad S. MirzAvatar

Professional careers have always had a tinge of uncertainty; however, the Digital Age has amplified it significantly with efficiency no longer being the mainstay of ‘human’ excellence as advanced automation and seamless autonomous functioning have steadily taken out the ‘committing of errors’ from the corporate equation.

Consequently, ‘excellence’ is being ‘commoditized’ with respect to job performance and the notion of being ‘relevant’ in the Digital world is gaining more traction.  More and more of the repetitive/physically demanding/minimally diverse jobs/roles/functions are being relegated to ‘smart’ machines while cerebrally-intensive skills, e.g., innovative thinking, astute strategizing, creative application, cohesive peer-to-peer engagement, etc., are being heralded as the ‘last bastion of ‘human relevance’ in the workplace.  Most of the respective impact is being felt by the mid-career professionals who are haunted by the notion of ’45 is the new 65’ as they brace for the groundbreaking technologies nullifying the need for large workforces.

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Free Careers Resources From BBC Bitesize

Alongside its curriculum resources, BBC Bitesize now offers a wealth of careers inspiration and advice for your students!  

Designed to support you in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks, these new resources offer:

  • A growing collection of job case studies across a wide range of sectors, supported with labour market information
  • Links between curriculum subjects and the world of work, showing how vocational, apprenticeship and academic pathways can lead to success
  • Information and guidance on skills for work, choosing options, work experience and more

The following is an example of the resorces available. Read more

Key Milestones for Women in Justice

Women often get overlooked in the justice sector, however as the infographic shows women have been instrumental to helping the justice system to be what it is today.

The infographic below produced by Skills for Justice only captures a few key milestones to show how far we’ve come.  Read more

How to Get a Career in the Jewellery Industry!
February 13, 2019
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The following article was written by Caitlin Purvis and published by FE News.

How can people pursue a career in the jewellery industry

Employing over 55,000 people and made up of over 16,000 businesses, the UK jewellery industry could be one that you find yourself working in. But, have you considered the different roles in the sector?

From goldsmiths to CAD designers, read on as we look at the various career paths you could follow to be involved with creating stunning pieces like wedding rings and necklaces.

Jewellery designer

Jewellery designers are usually involved right at the start of jewellery creation. Depending on the size of the business, designers may have to discuss a brief with the client and liaise with them through to completion. Individuals in this profession use their artistic abilities to bring an idea to life, either by hand or using Computer Aided Design, also known as CAD (see below). Read more

Career Choices in the Footwear Industry
February 8, 2019
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The following article was written by Catlin Purvis and published by FE News..

It’s the dreaded question for youngsters who are set to finish secondary education — ‘Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?Image result for expensive footwear

At the time, the question can seem horrifically broad and for some, difficult to answer. People tend to fall into two categories at this stage of life. The first category is made up of people who know exactly where they want to be in five years’ time.

They see their 21 year-old-self as living in a nice house (rented or otherwise, we all know the score when it comes to the housing situation right now), with a dog, a significant other, and starting out in a career they’ve dreamed of since they were able to comprehend the idea of money.

This category of people are the envy of the second category of people, also known as ‘the majority of us’. For the majority of us at 16-17 years old, five years seemed like a long way away, and maybe you’re in that position right now.

While winging it and hoping for the best is not the best course of action, don’t fret if you don’t have a solid plan yet. Start by breaking the bigger problem down into smaller tasks, the first one being: what do you enjoy?

Finding a career in something you enjoy might sound like simple logic, but many people forget to consider it later in life. Working in an area you enjoy not only makes your job fulfilling, but it also means that when tough days show up, you’ll have more passion to get through them! Read more