The careers library provides a focus point from which
pupils can identify the skills, qualities, qualifications and experience they
need for particular career areas.
You can locate the careers library in the main school library
or within the careers suite. The careers library should contain a wide range
of up-to-date and appropriate resources, including computer programmes. However,
the extent of the library depends on the budget available to the careers department.
The Training and Employment Agency provide a useful loan service and up-to-date
information sheets on various careers.
All reference materials should be organised using an easily
understood classification system. The most useful classification system is
the Careers Library Classification Index (CLCI). This system is divided into
two categories. Section A contains general information and Sections B to Y
contain information about specific career areas.
A free copy of the CLCI system and recommended resources
can be obtained by writing to
PO Box 298A,
This resource highlights the essential reference material
needed to create a careers library that caters for all age groups.
As part of any basic careers library, it is important
that each school has information, guidance and educational software loaded
onto a computer network or standalone computer. Pupils should have access
to a careers information software programme that contains regularly updated
information about different jobs/careers. A useful software package is Careersoft's
Careers Information Database (CID) , which has information on over 800
different job titles with links to other useful programs. CASCAiD
supply careers guidance software to schools in the UK.
Pupils should also have access to a careers guidance software
program that uses self-evaluation to match responses to questions about the
user’s interests, skills and aptitudes to requirements of continuing
education, training and career choices.
Useful packages include:
JIG-CAL Progressions Ltd
The Internet can enable pupils to identify the skills,
qualities and qualifications required for various career path. UCAS
gives pupils access to a wide range of information about higher education
courses. It also provides links to all major higher education institutions
in the UK. See our Links page for
more career-based web sites.