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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How to improve the quality and coverage of careers guidance

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Tomorrow I am presenting at the Skills and Employability Summit in London. I’m going to be talking about the work that we are doing in the Careers & Enterprise Company to improve the quality and coverage of career guidance/careers and enterprise provision.

This is what I’m planning to say.

Skills and employability summit  – career guidance

Working with schools to build structures for lifelong career development

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I’ve just given a webinar for the Education & Training Foundation. This is a series that they are doing for senior leaders in the post-secondary sector.

I talked about the value of colleges and training providers working in partnership with schools to deliver lifelong career support.

Presentation for Education & Training Foundation

They’ve got their backs to the sea


At the end of last year and beginning of this year we conducted some really interesting work in Kent’s coastal schools. We found that these schools were a highly diverse group of institutions which serve a range of different communities.

We also heard from staff in these schools that the young people of Kent’s coastline have got their backs to the sea. Despite their relative proximity to the economic heartland of England, they remain separated by distance and geography. Many of the challenging issues that have been identified for young people in coastal towns are strongly related to their careers.

Individual’s careers are profoundly influenced by the context within which they pursue them. But, context does not wholly define your career. With the right information, support and education people can make the most out of their circumstances, seize the opportunities around them and change, improve or leave their immediate environment.

In this report we look at this interplay between context, individuals and the support that is provided by their schools.

Shepherd, C. and Hooley, T. (2016). ‘They’ve got their backs to the sea’: Careers Work in Kent’s Coastal Schools. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

10 things that really make a difference in bringing schools and employers together


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Today I’m giving a presentation to Enterprise Coordinators from the Careers & Enterprise Company. The Enterprise Coordinators are tasked with bringing schools and employers together – so I’ve been asked to draw out some good practice about brokerage.

What I’ve tried to do it to pull together a top 10 ideas about how good brokerage happens. This is what I’ve come up with.

10things that really make a difference

Career guidance in Kent’s coastal schools

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Today I’m in Kent talking about the research that we’ve been doing on coastal schools in the area.

This has been a really interesting project and one that raises all sorts of issues about the relationship between career, community, place and policy. I’ll be hoping to write more about this in the future. But for now here is our presentation.

Career guidance in coastal schools