What can a school, college or university do to help you on your way to a great career?
Apart from having excellent career staff - essential guides to an unknown land - they should offer lots of Careers Interventions: opportunities for you to learn about careers, or experience something of them, involving real employers or other outside experts.
One key indicator to look for is a CEIAG Quality Award. Schools holding one of these are taking careers seriously.
We are setting out to document the individual Careers Interventions that schools use, so that parents can have a clear view of what is on offer, and how this compares with other schools.
If you are a parent looking at a school, you will be able to see which Careers Interventions a school uses, and what those interventions offer.
If you are a teacher looking to improve careers provision, you will be able to see who is out there offering interventions, what they do, and which other schools use them (so you can ask for their opinions).
So far we cover:
Access Work Placements: helps you do just that. Currently London only.
Adviza: full-line careers advice
Brightside: the top UK providers of e-mentoring for career and uni choices
EDT: some basic and some seriously challenging STEM experiences
Future First: Creates and runs effective alumni networks for state schools
Future Foundations: using experiential learning to develop confidence, character, ambition. Home of the McKinsey Leadership Academy.
Future Frontiers: one-to-one coaching from university students
FutureLearn: try out university subjects before you commit to them
Inspiring Futures: full-line careers advice
Inspiring the Future: draw on the careers experience of a huge range of successful people
My Big Career: free careers support for schools with high levels of disadvantaged pupils
MyKindaFuture: organises challenges and interactions with major companies in a wide range of UK schools
SACU-Student: innovative help with choosing uni courses and careers
STEMNET: organise visits from working professionals to help with science, technology and maths