Students with their hands up, considering career options

 by Andrew Cooper
, posted On 13 Dec '18
 Schools and Colleges Account Manager at Liverpool John Moores University

How universities can support your school to meet the Gatsby career benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks herald an exciting time for young peoples careers options, with Careers Leaders enlisting support for students from a wealth of organisations. The most notable benchmark regarding university engagement is number 7, 'Encounters with further and higher education'. However, universities can support in many more ways.

Examples of support with the Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers programme

University outreach departments will deliver a variety of presentations and workshops which look at study skills, writing a personal statement for UCAS (that can also be used for jobs), personal finance and budgeting etc. Staff also regularly take part in mock interviews either on site or at the university. Bringing in a variety of universities and businesses can help to create a stable careers programme.

Gatsby Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each pupil

Many schools are now hosting career’s fairs, which is a great way to introduce business and universities to students and offer them individual advice on how to reach their own personal goals. Many universities are now attending fairs for younger students, so that personal advice is given before GCSE options are chosen, which could affect courses they could apply for a few years later.

Gatsby Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces

Do you have any students who love studying and researching and wonder what that would be like as a full time job? If so, perhaps ask your local university if they offer work experience opportunities to shadow an academic researching and delivering a lecture?

Gatsby Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

There are a variety of different schemes that universities run which can offer personal guidance. Some may start when students pick GCSE’s and run throughout until they leave college with reflective journals that can be used as evidence of completion.

University events and engagement is easy to arrange

The easiest way to arrange all the above, or taster sessions which can be linked to careers (Gatsby 2), campus tours or to find a university can who support you, is to contact their outreach department via email, phone or twitter (as well as through UniTasterDays of course).

We liaise with all areas of the university from academics for taster events and talks, to staff in the libraries for research/Extended Project Qualification sessions. With so much support available, contact as many universities as you can. Working collaboratively with multiple institutions can guarantee you build a high-quality career guidance structure, which meets all of the Gatsby benchmarks.

Teachers, careers colleagues and support staff: request your FREE UniTasterDays Teachers' Guide to University brochure.

This brochure has been produced by in collaboration with HELOA - to support the university guidance that is provided in secondary schools and colleges.

Editorial has been provided by over 35 colleagues at universities and higher education institutions throughout the UK. On topics covering how to support students with their university decisions, university events, widening participation & fair access, UCAS applications (including writing school references) and more. It also includes the key student finance facts from Martin Lewis.

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