A report published today by the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy addresses the issue of careers advice and guidance, education and information. We ask; when it comes to careers advice and guidance – what do you need?
The first thing that you might be asking yourself is ‘what’s the difference between careers advice and guidance, careers information and careers education.
Careers Advice And Guidance
Careers advice and guidance refers to those occasions when you might be offered one-to-one or group discussion and counselling which takes into account your skills and interests and offers an in-depth explanation of how those skills and attributes might fit with your future career aspirations. It might also include information and support on how to access information on careers.
That’s because, when it comes to the question of careers advice and guidance and what you need, we think that you need some careers inspiration too.
Careers information includes resources like our Moving On magazine and website, which provide an insight into the huge variety of careers that exist, many of which you will not have heard of and also information on which jobs are predicted to grow in the immediate and long-term future, such as our careerometer tool, which you can use to search for and compare job opportunities, pay and working hours for careers in England.
Careers education is where you have sessions, lessons or work experience which educate you about work and careers. This might be CV writing workshops, talks by employers and also experience in the workplace.
All together careers advice and guidance, careers information and careers education – at their best should prepare you to make good decisions about your future career choices and about the qualification and training routes that are best for you, given your future employment goal.
The House of Commons report published today makes five key recommendations for careers advice and guidance.
Schools should be downgraded in Ofsted inspections if the careers provision that they offer is not effective.
As a young person, you probably won’t care very much about what measures are put in place to effectively punish schools for not providing you with the careers advice and guidance that you need. However, if giving schools a poor Ofsted rating for failing to provide good careers provision means that you are more likely to get what you need, maybe you do care.
The Careers and Enterprise Company should act as the umbrella organisation for all government funded organisations providing careers provision.
Here at Moving On, we’re not sure that you will have heard of the Careers and Enterprise Company – basically, they connect local businesses with schools and colleges and fund careers activities. Equally, we’re guessing that you don’t much care about whether they are an ‘umbrella organisation’.
There should be one quality standard for careers provision.
Again, as young people, we’re not sure how interested you are in quality marks – you might have seen some logos for these around your school, on the school website or on letters home.
Careers advice and guidance should be grounded in accurate labour market information.
This one you absolutely should care about. When you are planning your future it is vital that you have all the information that you require to do so properly (nothing can ever be predicted with 100 % accuracy, but armed with some good information from experts about which jobs are likely to come into existence, which jobs or industries are likely to decline and how new technologies will change the way we work and live, you are much more likely to prepare well for employment in the future).
Labour market information, such as that used in our careermeter allows you to look at future job prospects and reports such as the one produced by UKCES on careers of the future provide some great insight into future job openings as well as how technology might change the way we work and create new career pathways.
All young people should be given the opportunity to understand better the world of work through meaningful work experience and engagement with employers.
When Moving On sent a student reporter to the House of Commons to cover the Youth MP debate, meaningful work experience was one the things they all said was vital to their future career success, to their ability to make decisions about what career they wanted, and to them gaining experience of being in the workplace and gain an insight into industry from those within it – the employers. Many organisations, including Barnardo’s argued back in 2012 that scrapping compulsory work experience was a mistake and 82 % of employers agreed.
What we would add – Careers inspiration
Here at Moving On, we agree totally that good careers provision should include labour market information and that work experience is really important. We also know that you can’t experience all careers and jobs and so we work hard on providing you with feature articles that inform you about all sorts of jobs, in the form of articles researched and written by our student writers and interviews with inspiration people in industry. We aim to give you information on careers that you will not have heard of alongside labour market information and also all the information that you need about how to get into those careers, including apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, vocational and academic qualifications and degrees.