I’ve been in ‘careers’ for about 20 cough cough years. Long enough to remember the ‘bad old days’ before we had employer engagement on the scale we do now. We do seem to have moved from one extreme where almost all school career advice came from professional careers advisers, to the opposite, where many students get […]
I am the Careers Defender!
Welcome to the Careers Defender blog. You can find me on Twitter, Paper.li, and Pinterest, flying around the country defending the careers of students in schools up and down this land.
I am passionate about ensuring 11-19 year olds have access to good quality careers education and guidance.
If we work together, we can achieve great things!
As per normal at about this time of year, there are a flurry of reports on how unemployable young people are. The Taylor Report & the CBI/Pearson report being just 2. Each report is making headlines, telling us how the country is going to go down the tubes unless we take action against the skills […]
I’m aiming to make this post short & snappy – Headteachers are busy people – I want you to understand why the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership is so important You need a school careers champion – research shows that schools with SLT/MLT leadership of careers perform far better than those without. You probably don’t […]
Ok, so the election was last week, but are we any clearer where the country will be in a month? 3 months? A year? I’m not certain we do. Looking back at my April 18th blog about what the snap general election would do for careers, I was concerned about 3 things:- The frequently promised […]
In my experience as a careers education consultant and also as an assessor for the Quality in Careers Standard, one of the areas that most schools fail to cover effectively is LMI – Labour Market Information. What is LMI? LMI is information about the job market – it can show us patterns, trends and facts […]
In a recent set of blogs on the RSA website, Mathew Taylor poses many questions in his blog series ‘What is Good Work?’ It’s easy to be glib and say something along the line of it’s different things to different people. We can all grab Maslow’s hierarchy, however, I want to take a few moments […]
Today I read an interesting article about Timpsons’ the shoe repair company. I’ve long had respect for the company as they offer to dry clean interview clothes for unemployed people. Today I have an even greater respect for them as there is an article doing the rounds about their recruitment practices and the management style of […]
WARNING AN UNCHARACTERISTICALLY POLITICAL POST PROMPTED BY THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE GENERAL ELECTION Today we’ve all been shocked by the announcement of a General Election on 8th June. Being careers focussed my first thought was there goes the new statutory duty… What about the statutory duty? The last new version of the statutory duty for careers […]
Recently the Quality in Careers Standard issued a number of new announcements to the way the quality awards are changing and I’ve seen a few posts on Facebook and Twitter wondering how this will affect the award their school has or is working towards. I’ve been party to the changes as I sit on the […]
There is an important survey being undertaken by ICeGS on behalf of Unison about how CEIAG is being handled in schools. Responses from senior leaders are needed from schools who are struggling to provide a good service as well as those who believe they are doing a good job. Please encourage Heads to complete the […]