Careers Support: How do you create a personalised careers journey for every student?

This short film follows an all-girls school in London, where the students and their parents have high aspirations.

Dr Bailey-Morrissey, the careers leader, talks about the challenges that exist when students and parents have very traditional views of what careers they might go into, and how they are creating a careers programme that tries to open up ideas, challenge mindsets and widen aspirations about the world of work.

The schools career programme is delivered in three ways:

  • Careers education
  • A mentoring programme
  • One-to-one careers guidance with a qualified adviser

In this short film we learn how important it is that the whole leadership team of a school buys into the careers vision.

Assistant headteacher Saiqua Zaneb says: “The careers vision has been shared with the leadership team and the leadership team has bought into the vision. We have then cascaded that to the whole of the teaching staff… Our vision is that each of our students has their own personalised journey during the five to seven years that they are with us”.

Saquia also tells us how important it is to have a two to three year strategy for creating your school’s careers programme.

She advises to start by auditing what you are already doing. Find out what opportunities already exist to embed careers education in your faculties.

She says: “You will be surprised at what you have already got... Find out what your areas of strength are, build your strategy on that and what you need to develop and include all the staff, it has to be a shared vision”.

We also learn about the school's ‘careers ambassadors’ and hear from two students who have taken on this role, which is an exciting way of involving young people in shaping their own careers programme in school.

This is one of a series of five, which looks at how a diverse range of schools and careers practitioners from across the UK approach careers support and examines what’s working well for them.

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How do you meet the careers needs of a diverse catchment area?
Delivering careers education, guidance and experience of work to students with additional needs
Using creative enterprise projects and links with external organisations
How can we encourage children to raise their career aspirations from as early as age 5?