National Careers Week 2013

NCW-2013-BarclaysNational Careers Week 4th – 8th March 2013

A Celebration of Career Guidance Opportunities 

“Our task is to educate our students whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.”
― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

It’s been a while since I have completed a blog post.  My time has been caught up in research for my dissertation.  However, I feel it’s important to take some time out to step back and explain why I am getting involved in careers week 2013.

What’s it all about?

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK – involving careers practitioners, teachers, students, parents and employers to help better inform our future talent about the world of work.

The aim of the initiative is to empower individuals and establishments to come together through events and activities in their respective communities to celebrate the broad range of career opportunities in the UK.  At a time of cuts in the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance combined with the current levels of youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.

At my time of writing this blog post all students in Year 11 have completed their applications to college, apprenticeship and training providers.  Careers is a crucial part of the curriculum and enrichment at Malet Lambert School.  This year we have activities planned throughout the week, a real celebration of our careers, employability and enterprise enrichment programmes.  The main focus of the week is to get students thinking about their future through motivation, inspiration, positive role models and practical experiences of the world of work.  Students will hopefully come away from the week thinking about their future.

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Why is Careers Information Advice and Guidance  important?

After reading the recent articles on the BBC website about the demise of the careers education guidance.  What do the government expect?  Remove funding and strip down careers to the bare bones and what a surprise it isn’t very good.  One area, which is throughout the OFSTED criteria of inspection, is preparing students for the next stage of their education and training. Is this not careers education and guidance?  Last year when I was observed by OSFTED, the inspector asked students if they knew what opportunities there were to study ICT at key stage 5.  We cover this thoroughly to ensure students are aware of the next stage of their education.

Careers education provides students necessary information, advice and guidance to make informed choices about their future.  It is vital they are aware of the qualifications and skills that will prepare them for the world of work.  Relating what they are learning to the world of work is also crucial.  Employers can play a major role in providing an insight into their career, what they did and what they are looking for.

As we approach careers week I look forward to a week of optimism and positivity to highlight the importance of careers. By supporting and getting involved in the week I hope to create a real buzz in school and get students thinking about their future.  Our plans for the week include are real variety of activities all with one main purpose, to give students an experience of a possible future career routes.

Our Careers Week activities at Malet Lambert
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A big thanks to the following people who are supporting the week.

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In whatever capacity you are reading this blog post please get involved.  So often people talk about careers however this week is about getting on and doing.

From my perspective this week raises the profile of careers and celebrates (contrary to what the government think) the superb careers education guidance that goes on in a lot of schools throughout the year.

We all have a great responsibility to prepare students for their future.  Everyone is good at something; the challenge is to find out what it is.  As Sir Ken Robinson points out, our job is to help them make something of it.  How can we do that if we don’t show them what’s out there for them?

Have a great week and get involved!

For more information and resources check out the following links:

http://www.nationalcareersweek.com/

http://nationalcareersweek.tumblr.com/

https://twitter.com/careersweek

http://www.careersbox.co.uk/

http://www.skillsexplorer.com/

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