Employer contact ‘most useful’ form of careers advice, say nine in 10 students

TES are reporting that a survey of almost 2,000 students has concluded that information from employers and work experience were the ‘most useful’ sources of careers advice.

Direct contact with employers – including employer-led careers advice and work experience – is the most useful type of careers advice, according to a survey of almost 2,000 university technical colleges (UTC) students.

The survey, commissioned by the charity Baker Dearing Educational Trust, found that 91 per cent of students felt that talks by employers and work experience were the most useful source of careers information to help them plan their future careers, while 90 per cent found visits to workplaces the most useful.

The survey’s findings reflects research by the Institute for Employment Studies, which shows that young people who attend more careers talks by employers make more successful transitions from schooling into employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

Rosa Marvell, a research fellow at the Institute of Employment Studies, said: “The opportunity for young people to meet employers during their education or training is crucially important, as it can help them to make more effective labour market transitions. Meeting industry role models allows students to discover lesser-known occupations, workplaces and career trajectories that they may not have otherwise considered.”

“Just as importantly, it gives them the tools and experiences to decide what options are not right for them. Our research indicates that this exposure helps young people to develop a better understanding of the world of work and the expectations of employers. This supports them to expand the skills and confidence they need to be ‘work ready’ when they’ve finished their studies, and succeed in employment.”

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  1. brighton118

    SchoolsImprove- Said this 25 yrs ago ! MA dissert confirmed Worked in Ed/bus links doing exactly that till 2013 when Gov cut our funding U0001f629

  2. For careers education and guidance to be effective, it needs to be integrated into a high-quality CEG programme which includes work experience, industry days, employer visits, meetings with employers, investigating industry and business as well as team work and self-awareness (I once met a pupil with an allergy to dog hairs who wanted to work as a veterinary assistance – that’s an extreme example, but pupils need to be able to match their strengths to future job prospects).   Without a proper CEG framework, the value of employer visits and work experience is diminished.

  3. Yes, I agree, young people will believe this.  However, many have not been supported by a programme of careers education to support them in building their career management skills, nor have they had access to a fully qualified careers adviser who would be able to help them sort the wheat from the chaff.

    Employer interaction IS A VERY IMPORTANT TOOL in the armoury of CEIAG, but without the supporting activity of a well planned programme with progressive learning objectives, its efficacy is reduced.

  4. Its time to wake up and smell the coffee! There is no substitute for real world, work place experience! For those young people either unsuitable or undecided about college they should be allowed to undergo a traineeship BEFORE leaving school.

    In the USA they call this an externship. The UK has crashed its own skills car by scrapping mandatory work experience. 


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