Quote by @SimonSinek

National Careers Week 2014 #NCW2014

I can’t believe a year has past and we are about to embark on another Careers Week.   I am very proud to be an ambassador for the North East.  It is great to see the diverse range of ambassadors across the country from all sectors (Link to Careers Week ambassadors here), all with one thing in common, passionate about young people and their future careers.

I not only passionately believe in this week, I believe in careers education guidance, the wordle below summarises what the week is about and why careers is vital.  I have seen it change students lives, give them a focus, an experience, a goal to find out and experience what they would like to do in the future.  Aren’t we preparing students everyday for their future careers with teaching, learning new skills and knowledge?  Promoting the right attitudes, attendance, behaviour and punctuality that will enable them to gain future employability.

Careers 1

What is National Careers Week?

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance.  The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. Careers Week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities.

Why get involved?

‘We should be encouraging students to take opportunities to step outside their comfort zone.’


Via @UKCES great #ToMyYoungerSelf campaign.  Pinterest link here. 

Careers Week is about giving students opportunities to step outside their comfort zones and learn new skills.  When young people enter future employment, they will need to develop their skills such as presentation, teamwork, leadership, literacy, numeracy and communication.  Although it is going to be difficult and  a challenge, it’s about being enterprising; if you step outside of your comfort zone then you can learn new skills and prepare for challenges faced in the ever-changing workplace.  Take IOS developers or Zumba Fitness instructors; these jobs didn’t used to exist. It’s essential to continuously develop and seek opportunities to prepare for changes in industry and an every changing world.

The key to this is working in partnership with employers, colleges and training providers. By sharing skills with students that employers will expect, such as being enterprising and ethical decision-making, we help prepare them for employment. We are fortunate in Hull to have many organisations that support our students.  We also have organisations including @Emp_Charter addressing employability skills, @Hullsenterprise and @HullsEnted developing the Big 13 enterprise skills.

Careers week will also see the launch of #Employabilitywhat a superb book by @AnnNewlove supporting young people with understanding key employability skills, why they are important and how to develop them.  The book is now available on Amazon here.

Essentially, Careers Week enables students to think about their future.  Careers Advice for Young people via @ThatIanGilbert in his fantastic book Independent thinking (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Independent-Thinking-Ian-Gilbert/dp/1781350558) summarises this perfectly.  You can divide the world into five groups:

  1. Those that create the system.
  2. Those that work the system.
  3. Those that serve the system.
  4. Those that break the system.
  5. Those that change the system.

You just have to work out where you want to be.

Thanks to @Newmanswords @Sldouglas88 and the top team @Careersweek . You are definitely changing the system.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the team in school for the amazing week they have planned and for all the organisations involved in supporting our students.

 Useful links















Careers Week postcard

Thank you postcard

Careers Week poster

Careers week Assembly Final V2

Why IT

Quick lesson plan

Student Handout

Impact of Careers week 2013

Have a great week.  Take action, engage and enjoy.



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