Careers education is a now a statutory element of secondary and post-16 education. To embed careers successfully, it is now clear that a Golden Thread approach has a more positive impact on the outcomes of young people. In practice, this means careers should not be solely the responsibility of the Careers Lead.
Emerging evidence of the impact of careers education also indicates a positive impact on the following areas linked with careers events and encounters: attitudes to learning, attendance, revision time, motivation, and even improved GCSE grades. (Motivated to achieve: How encounters with the world of work can change attitudes and improve academic achievement – Education and Employers)
As a member of staff, you play an important role in helping to nurture a young person’s careers ambitions. If you are a form tutor, for example, it is likely that you will come into contact much more often than members of the careers team and also develop a stronger relationship with that individual. As a subject specialist, you can share your insights into the world of work linked to your subject. This approach combined with access to impartial advice and guidance (which someone with a Level 6 Qualification in Careers can provide) for every young person will ensure a well-rounded careers education programme.,.
The Careers Leader within your organisation will be working to ensure that all the 8 Gatsby benchmarks (https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/careers-leaders/gatsby-benchmarks/ ) are embedded and achieved within your school or college. A particular Benchmark of importance for teachers is Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers. It would be useful to become familiar with this Benchmark, using the link above to find out more. Additionally, Cumbria Careers Hub have arranged a wealth or resources to help you embed careers and achieve Gatsby Benchmark 4. https://www.careershubcumbria.co.uk/schools-colleges/benchmarks/benchmark-4/
So how can you support?
Below, are some top tips which might help you embed careers into your subject area: