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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Apprenticeships Are Falling Short of Demand

crisis of youth unemployment

The Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock, revealed yesterday in a written answer to an MP the number of young people starting an apprenticeship during the last three academic years.

Apprenticeship programme starts by age and gender

  2010/11 full year
   2011/12 full year
2012/13 full year (provisional)
Under 19




Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Two Thirds of Young People Turn to Parents for Job Seeking Advice

Parental Advice on Careers

The recruitment web site has done research showing that nearly two thirds (61%) of young people aged between 18 and 25 turn to their parents first for advice on finding employment. This is much higher than those who would seek advice from a careers centre (6%), a spouse or partner (31%) or a sibling (21%).

After parents, the internet is the most used source of information, with almost half (48%) of respondents using it to look for advice on interviews and job applications. Of this group 9% are now using social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, which shows that some young people are now expecting more from the social networking sites they use for leisure and informal networking.

Eleven Career Management Skills

Careers Education and Guidance

Our distant cousins in Australia have thought long and hard about the career management life skills that young people need to develop with the help of their parents,  teachers and local communities.

The result is a list of eleven "competencies" (just a fancy word for skills) which strike me as hitting the nail pretty square on the head.

"To do well in today’s work environment, people need to be self-reliant managers of their own careers. As well as having the technical skills and abilities needed to work in a particular role, people also need the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make good career moves. The skills, knowledge, and attitudes people need to manage their own careers can be understood as a set of competencies that can be developed and strengthened over time.

Monday, 14 October 2013

How can schools help parents help their children make career choices?

parents want to help their children make career choices

Young people instinctively turn to their parents when they need help or advice so it’s no big surprise that teenagers pay most attention to their parents when it comes to making career decisions. Research has shown that parents are the most significant influence on young people’s expectations, choices and career ideas. Schools should therefore be making every effort to assist parents in this important task and to involve them as partners in the school’s programme of careers education.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

What does a Paralegal do?

Career Guidance UK

The term 'paralegal' refers to a person who does a substantial amount of legal work as part of his or her job and may have some legal training or experience, but is not a qualified lawyer. Paralegals work in law firms, as well as in-house in a wide variety of other private and public sector organisations, and often have very different job titles.

Duties vary considerably, but typically include administrative tasks such as researching information and drafting documents, interviewing clients and witnesses, and appearing in court. They often act on behalf of lawyers, specialising in a particular area of law.