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20 February 2015
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Teachers: careers club

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.

Steps to Career Club
  • 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.

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