Career guidance in school: how to make it work for your students

I had a piece in The Guardian today based on our State of the Nation research. In it I offer some advice on what schools could be doing to improve their careers programmes.

How are schools doing on careers advice for their students? This is the question we posed for the new State of the Nation 2017 report, published by The Careers & Enterprise Company. Our findings are based on 600 schools completing a self-assessment tool, giving us insights into their delivery of careers provision.

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Which of these careers terms do you understand?


We’re trying to figure out what careers terms people do and don’t understand. We’d like to hear from teachers and careers professionals (especially those working in schools and colleges in England) about which terms are clear.

We’ve picked out a list of terms that we commonly use at The Careers & Enterprise Company and thrown them into a survey. All you have to do is work your way down the list and tell us which ones you do and don’t understand.

See the list

We are now enrolling for MA in Careers Education and Coaching


At iCeGS we have just launched a new MA in Careers Education and Coaching.

Our MA Careers Education and Coaching will allow you to combine professional training with a masters degree. The course will lead to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

We have designed the programme to bring to life the latest thinking in the career development field and to provide participants with a strong practical grounding in careers work. It includes work placements as well as teaching from all of the staff at the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS).

We are currently recruiting for a January 2017 start.

Find out more

Evaluation of the Legacy Careers Project

We have just published an evaluation of the Legacy Careers Project which ran in London after the Olympics.

This builds on our earlier evaluation of the pilot programme.

The new publication is a final summative evaluation and can be accessed at.

Dodd, V. and Hooley, T. (2016). Evaluation of the Legacy Careers Project. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Key findings from the evaluation included that:

  • Schools in the area enthusiastically embraced the programme and 2020 young people benefitted from it over the three year period
  • Local businesses also valued the Legacy Careers and gave
    time to provide business volunteers.
  • Student feedback on the project was very positive with 83% saying that they enjoyed it and 90% of participants saying that it met or exceeded their expectations.
  • There was evidence that students had learnt both a range of general skills and specific career skills through the programme and some evidence that their career behaviours had changed. There was a statistically significant increase in both general and career related skills between the measurements taken at the start and at the end of the programme.
  • Six months to a year after the programme one third or more of the Legacy Careers participants continued to report that the programme had an enduring impact on their skills.

You’re Hired! Job Hunting Online: The Complete Guide


This morning we’ve just launched our new book. You can buy it from Amazon or ‘from all good book shop’. Just click on the link below.

You’re Hired! Job Hunting Online: The Complete Guide

I wrote the book with Jim Bright and David Winter and so you get the full benefit of our combined wisdom! Hopefully you’ll find it useful and interesting.

In the book we discuss how best to use the internet to build your career. The chapters take you through a systematic process designed to take you from an internet career novice to an expert online careerist!

It will cover:

  • Who to trust online
  • Getting to grips with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
  • Effective online communication
  • Making an impact
  • Finding vacancies and other opportunities
  • How to embrace technology in recruitment practice

I’d be really interested to hear more from people about what they think about the book.