You can set up a careers club within school to help pupils
gain first-hand experience of a particular career area. Throughout the year,
the club should organise monthly lunchtime presentations by employees from
a range of career areas. This provides pupils with access to the experiences
of people employed or self-employed in various sectors. The information sessions
should last about forty minutes in total, twenty minutes for the presentation
and twenty minutes for a question and answer session.
Carry out a survey into the career areas that interest your pupils.
You can invite employees from those career areas to give a presentation.
Write to employees within the relevant career sectors and draw up
a programme. The Training and Employment Agency publish an annual booklet
listing individuals who are keen to participate in school activities.
Where possible, try to organise all ten presentations at the start
of the year so you can draw up and publish a schedule.
Establish a set day and venue for the event.
Book the presentation venue. Ensure it has adequate facilities for
the presentation (power points, chairs, heating etc).
Arrange some school or community publicity for the event; perhaps
write a school magazine article featuring the presenter and the pupils.