Last Thursday, I attended The National Career Guidance Show, held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The show was launched last year and was held at the Emirates Stadium in London. Following the success of last year’s show, it was decided to run two events this year, one in Leeds and one at Wembley Stadium, London, which will be held in a few weeks time.
The National Career Guidance Show brought together a range of delegates from both young people’s guidance and adult guidance. Some of the delegates I spoke to came from organisations such as Connexions, local authorities, universities, colleges and training organisations.
The event included an exhibition where around 70 careers-related organisations (including CASCAiD) were exhibiting. There were also a number of seminars, covering topics such as how to re-professionalise careers practice, STEM subjects and careers, gaining employability skills at university and Apprenticeships.
Although all of the seminars I attended were enjoyable, I particularly enjoyed Anne-Marie Martin’s presentation. Anne-Marie, president of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) spoke about the mentality of university students, with many believing that they had ‘made it’ when they arrive at university, and their degree would provide them with all of the skills required for a successful career.
However, all too frequently, when students come to apply for full-time work, much of the additional information they add to their CV or job applications comes from responsibilities they had prior to university education. To combat this, Anne Marie called for university careers advisors to not only provide guidance for their future career, but motivate students to get involved while at university in activities such as volunteering projects and mentoring.
While I was interested in attending The National Career Guidance Show from a research perspective, CASCAiD also exhibited at the show, with Sales Executives Deb and Suzette on hand to provide delegates with further information and product demonstrations. Both Deb and Suzette really enjoyed the event and were pleased with the number of people that visited the stand.
CASCAiD is also exhibiting at the National Career Guidance Show at Wembley Stadium on the 9th and 10th of March. If you’re attending the show, make sure you come and say hello and check out the latest developments from CASCAiD.