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What Works: Work Experience, Job Shadowing and Workplace Visits
August 21, 2019
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This paper summarises the research literature on three forms of work-related learning: work experience placements, job shadowing and workplace visits.

It draws together the available evidence on the effectiveness of these three activities and highlights lessons for good practice. This information may be used by schools, colleges and providers of work-related learning in order to support the programmes they deliver in these areas. 

https://www.teesvalleycareers.com/education/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/02/What-works-experience-of-works-Benchmark-6.pdf

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Career Change Toolkit
August 19, 2019
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Activities and advice to help your clients explore career options and make it happen!

This Toolkit will help your clients:

  • Work out whether it’s time for a career change 
  • Explore what it is they want to change
  • Think through options which match their strengths, interests and values
  • Consider alternatives to a complete career change
  • Work out how feasible a change would be and what is involved
  • Implement specific strategies to make it happen.

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/media/pdf/careers/resources/career-change-toolkit.pdf

Are You Prepared for Your Job Hunt?
August 13, 2019
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Ask your clients to answer the following 10 questions to discover how ready they are for job hunting.

Are You Prepared For Your Job Hunt?

If you’re well prepared, it makes it easier to apply for your dream job when you see it.

Answer the following 10 quesitons to discover how ready you are for your job hunt.

The 10 Questions

Is your answer yes or no?

  1. My CV is up-to-date.
  2. Someone has proofread my CV.
  3. I know how to write a good cover letter.
  4. I have documents like my qualification certificates, references etc.
  5. I have an up-to-date LinkedIn account.
  6. I have suitable interview clothes.
  7. I know the best way to answer typical interview questions.
  8. I’m happy with what employers can see on my social media accounts.
  9. I make time to search for and apply for jobs.
  10. I’ve told people I know that I’m looking for a new job.

Your Results

If you have answered ‘no’ to any of these 10 questions then talk to your Job Coach to get the help and guidance you need so you can answer a positive ”YES” to them all!

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships
August 9, 2019
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Career Kickstart Reviews Guide
July 26, 2019
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The TUC has produced a guide for their Union Learning Reps (ULRs) to help them work with young people to support them develop career plans through career kickstart reviews.

While the guide is aimed at ULRs the information it contains will be of value to anyone involved in the provision of information, advice and guidance.

Kickstart reviews are designed to provide support to young people, start a conversation with them about their career plans and give them the best possible start to their career.

Career kickstart reviews provide a range of benefits. Young people will be able to:

  • identify transferable skill think about potential career pathways
  • build confidence and motivation
  • consider progression opportunities and the support needed to get on at work.

Union learning reps (ULRs) and union reps will be able to:

  • reach those young people who have had little careers advice
  • help young people develop confidence in making decisions
  • encourage them to become active union members.

Employers will benefit from the increased motivation of staff, employees with higher skills, and reduced staff turnover.

This guide provides support and resources for ULRs and other union reps to deliver career kickstart reviews. It offers:

  • underpinning knowledge
  • contextual information
  • the basic theory behind IAG
  • a suggested structure for reviews
  • information on resources and signposting.

Use the link below to download the guide:

https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/sites/default/files/publication/Career%20Kickstart.pdf

Eight Free Career Assessment Tools to Help Your Clients Find Their Fit
July 11, 2019
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Whether your client is just starting out in their career, or ready to make a career change, career assessments can be a helpful tool to spark ideas and identify strengths. Here are eight free career assessments to help get you started.  

Charity Village Career Assessment Questionnaire 

This multidimensional assessment offers guiding questions for clients around job/career satisfaction, career path/options, attitude/motivation and the role of their family in career change/job search. It also offers definitions for terminology used in the assessment, which could be helpful for clients who are using it independently. 

Motivational Appraisal Personal Potential (MAPP) Career Assessment 

The MAPP test comprises 71 questions exploring likes and dislikes and is meant to be done quickly, taking approximately 22 minutes to complete. Users must register to take the free sample assessment. Paid packages are also available, which offer different assessments and career matching opportunities. 

Entrepreneurial Potential Self-assessment 

This questionnaire from the Business Development Bank of Canada has users rate a series of statements (e.g. “I want to build something that will be recognized publicly”) to help evaluate entrepreneurial traits in regard to their motivations, aptitudes and attitudes. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.  

Sokanu Career Test 

The Sokanu career test offers matches to more than 800 careers. It evaluates career fit based on interests, work history and goals, workplace preferences and personality. The full assessment takes about 20 minutes to complete. It can be used with a variety of age groups. 

Holland Code Career Test 

This career assessment is based on psychologist John Holland’s RIASEC model of career choice. It follows the theory that careers and people’s personalities and interests can be classified into six broad areas. This 60-question assessment generates a brief report outlining the assessment taker’s primary career interest area and a list of possible careers; a premium report is available for a fee. 

Career Interest Profiler 

Taking about 25 minutes to complete, this assessment from Testing Room measures six traits to help identify top career choices. A personalized, mini report comes free, but the 14-page full report is only available for a fee. Testing Room’s career planning assessments are developed by Psychometrics Canada. 

InSight™ Values / Work Characteristics Inventory 

The InSight assessment from CareerPerfect helps clients clarify and prioritize their values in relation to their working life. It evaluates responses in 10 categories, including structure and pace, challenge, environment and creativity. CareerPerfect also offers a Work Preference Inventory, a quick assessment of preferences in regard to work assignments. 

Career Cluster Interest Survey 

This assessment lets clients rate activities they enjoy, personal qualities and school subjects they like to discover career clusters that are a match for their interests. It takes five to 10 minutes and was created by CAREERwise Education.  

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) | Gatsby
July 3, 2019
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Gatsby has produced Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Sector, in partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company and Disability Rights UK.

Older Employees Feel Undervalued
May 23, 2019
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More than half of over-60s want to continue working but are concerned about age discrimination and lack of career progression, according to research from AvivImage result for older workers

Nearly one in five (19%) of those surveyed feel that younger colleagues are favoured over older generations, while the same number (19%) believe their age has become a barrier to career progression and development.

However, more than half (53%) of employees aged 60 and older are not ready to retire, increasing to 61% for people still working past the age of 65, the research found. The majority (73%) of those in their fifties and sixties feel they share invaluable skills, experience and knowledge with colleagues, but 16% believe this is not valued by their employer. Read more

Helping Oder People to Use the Internet
April 23, 2019
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If you want to show older people how to use the internet for the first time, or help someone to improve their skills, this guide, produced by the Centre for Ageing Better and the Good Things foundation, is for you.

It doesn’t matter if you’re helping a friend or family member, or someone you support as part of your job or volunteering role. Inside, you’ll find lots of tips on how to get started.

There’s also advice if you’re interested in setting up long-term learning for a group of older people. You don’t need to be a computer expert to be able to provide good help. If you feel confident using the internet by yourself, you know enough.

Download The Guide Here

National Careers Service | Discover Your Skills and Careers
April 15, 2019
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This is a new BETA service provided by the National Careers Service.

Take this assessment to find out what types of jobs might suit you, for example, “retail and sales”.

Answer a few more questions to find out what specific job roles might suit you, for example, “florist”.

This could take 5 to 10 minutes. It will take longer if you’re using assistive technologies, for example, a screen reader or screen magnifier.

You can save your assessment if you want to complete it later, or look at your results again another time.

Start The Assessment Here