10 Ideas For Getting Involved In National Careers Week

What is National Careers Week?

National Careers Week 7th – 11th March 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?

The aim of this week 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 limited budgets to Careers Education (although this appears to be changing), 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.

Careers Week provides a platform for highlighting future careers and progression routes. When young people enter future employment, they will need to develop their skills such as presentation, teamwork, leadership, literacy, numeracy and communication. As teachers and leaders we are preparing students for their future everyday.

10 Simple ideas for getting involved in National Careers Week:

1.  Link your subject to possible Careers/Progression Routes.
2.  What are the most important skills required in your subject area?
3.  Have a plan for the week and involve staff in the process
4.  Get on twitter and follow @CareersWeek & #NCW2016 tweets
5.  Give students the opportunity to research career areas; find out qualifications and skills required
6.  Check out the FREE superb RBS Early Careers resources
7.  Organise a guest speaker or visit to a business. Engage with your local business community and ask them for help with your programme
8.  Link in with one of the Careers Week themes – future jobs, enterprise etc
9.  Share your career journey with students ask staff to do the same
10. Set up a blog and enable students to share their experiences and hopes for the future

But I don’t have time? Make the time, it is worth it!

Careers week provides the platform and opportunity to bring Careers to forefront for a coordinating week of activity. Remember our young people need quality careers guidance in order to help prepare them for the next stage of their education or training.  As a former Careers Coordinator I am aware of the barriers, challenges, pressures and constraints.  Every School, Academy or College is different as is every young person.  You know your pupils best and what their needs are.  Speak to your Headteachers and Principals about the week,  have a plan, involve the right people, develop links, raise the profile and do.  Even if it is one pupil, one class or one year group it does make a difference. We need champions of careers to bring it to the forefront and make it happen.  Be the champion of this week and help to create a buzz of quality careers information advice and guidance.  I wish you every success with the careers week programme.

As Simon Sinek states: “Start small, think big but most of all start”.