WHAT IS THE MISSING PIECE IN CAREERS GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS?

Sam Gyimah MP  the  Minister responsible for Careers Guidance in schools said in the Commons on 7 March that “The missing piece in careers advice and guidance was employer interaction, and that is what the excellent Careers & Enterprise Company is setting up. As part of its strategy, it is rolling out enterprise advisers, and 30 local enterprise partnerships have signed up to be part of that. Every school will have an enterprise co-ordinator to link it to the world of work.” Given that all the government’s efforts and resources on careers have recently gone into  investing in   more employer engagement, isn’t there now grounds for thinking that the  ‘missing piece in careers advice and guidance’  is access to independent, impartial advice from a qualified professional, and  of course, face to face advice for the most disadvantaged students? ? Indeed, are there any resources left  now for this missing piece?

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2 thoughts on “WHAT IS THE MISSING PIECE IN CAREERS GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS?

  1. The attitude of the government assumes that all young people need is information (and quite a narrow range of information at that). They confuse this with guidance because they have refused to listen to people who know the difference.

    • Employers are not of course qualified to provide bespoke impartial guidance. They can tell young people about their company and their sector but thats about it, and they are likely in any case to have cognitive biases and will not necessarily have the skills set required to advise anyone… and how many employers are expected to go into each school to give students a broad overview of the jobs market and opportunities out there… the approach is conceptually wrong…employer engagement is being sold as guidance which is just plain wrong.. and flies in the face of all international evidence..

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