Looking at my own transition from a History Teacher, to Careers Adviser, to University Student Recruitment Officer, I have seen how careers and higher education outreach can enrich and enhance learning from a variety of perspectives. Due to our growing familiarity and confidence with technology, it is an exciting time to explore new practise and re- embed Gatsby in a ‘blended’ world.
I am sure at some point we’ve all been guilty
of simply repeating, what has worked before.
However, having worked with so many Careers
Advisers, we are involved in many projects that
have helped to push the boundaries of what is
In one example, using a combination of employers, apprenticeships and higher education providers, the school facilitated work experience with a range of career paths. This consisted of a formal application based on student preference, a blended delivery of physical and remote working, then finally feedback from the employer on the application and performance of each student.
Other examples have included a staff CPD session to share their top tips on how they engage with higher education and careers in their subject area. Utilising their creativity and problem solving, as well as some examples I shared from workshops, this session gave school staff a number of ‘takeaways’ they could replicate in their own curriculum area.
Benchmarks 3 and 8 focus in on the needs of
the individual. This is something we all as a
sector could do better by empowering student
choice. Rather than just booking a university
in for a talk or one workshop for the whole
year group, why not book in several providers
and give students a choice on the session
that they attend? For example, Pathways into
Policing, Financial Trading and Design Problems.
This greater breadth of subject and university
providers gives students a much broader
exposure to their next step.
Whilst it may be impossible in the immediate term, it is worth considering whether mixing age groups and allowing the student to select a sector led/taster session? Certainly, Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4 could be mixed, and this would provide a more industry led environment as often we work with a variety of different ages, experience and expertise.
Another outcome of the pandemic has been the amount of one-to-one support we’ve been able to offer Schools and Colleges with sessions on Personal Statements and Impressing at Interviews. The improved flexibility and ability to view and edit the document live ensures valuable feedback is available after the conclusion of the session.
One area that has improved over the past 18 months is that many School Liaison teams understand requirements on schools through the Gatsby Benchmarks. As a result of this, many universities have developed more faculty sessions. For example, Careers in Sport which not only helps link elements of the curriculum to future careers for students by raising awareness of the breadth of the subject area, but also provides examples of sector specific labour market Information.
This free newsletter will include information on university events added to UniTasterDays, as well as details about new webinars and blog releases for you and your students.
by Jon Cheek
posted on 7 Feb '23
The university application process can feel quite daunting for many young people, so it is understandable that parents and guardians will want to be involved and stay in the loop with any updates. This blog will guide you through how universities communicate with students and their support network.