You’ve been asked to ‘take on’ careers work in the school or college. You don’t know where to start. Or maybe you have been leading careers work for a while and would like to explore how you can develop the careers programme, possibly undertaking a careers quality award.
Do you know what you are supposed to do as the CEIAG leader? Whilst your work may have a range of titles and levels of responsibility, it can help to know what you are supposed to be doing. The Career Development Institute’s 2017 publication on careers leaders in schools18 highlights these key areas:
- Co-ordination – linking all the contributions from within the school
- Networking – linking all contributions from external partners
- Project management – ensuring the delivery of careers education and initial information and advice and the efficient administration of CEIAG
- Leadership – providing strategic leadership and assuring quality
You might also find it informative to see the National Occupational Standards19 ‘Lead and manage career development work in an organisation’. These standards help to develop a really comprehensive job description and an opportunity to audit what you do and discuss your training and development needs. If more than one person is leading on CEIAG, the standards describe activities for you to define who does what.
Some tips from the practitioners
Careers work can be pretty overwhelming. Different establishments run in different ways so no two leaders do exactly the same job or work in exactly the same way. Some focus exclusively on their leadership and management responsibilities, while others also participate in programme delivery.
- Talk to other careers colleagues about what they do and how they do it. Don’t limit yourself to your own establishment
- Work closely with your careers adviser if one is employed or contracted
- Go to network meetings and training sessions so that you can exchange ideas with people in similar situations
- Foster good relationships with managers and colleagues including caretakers, financial and administrative staff – they all play their part in helping you to deliver careers provision
- Make a ‘to do’ list – it’s easy to spend your life reacting to other people’s expectations and demands – and tick it of
- Step back and take a bit of time to decide what it is important and/or urgent for you to do
- Check websites and social media e.g. http://www.thecdi.net and http://www.cegnet.co.uk so that you can keep up to date with local and national developments
- Delegate – organise some student helpers to create posters, update noticeboards and help with event arrangements
- Create an up-to-date handbook or file that pulls together all the useful stuff – job description, policy, development plan, service agreement, contacts lists, programme outlines, schemes of work, financial information, resources and equipment inventory and the latest self-evaluation and inspection reports
- Share your purpose – it’s easier to get people on your side when they know why you want them to do something. Make sure that the people you work with (e.g. managers, colleagues, other learning providers, young people, parents, carers and employers) have a shared understanding of the careers provision that you are offering, its desired outcomes and its potential benefits
- When you are looking for support to improve provision, present solutions, not problems – describe the problem and then suggest a couple of workable solutions
Developing Careers Work: a toolkit for new and experienced careers leaders, offers a comprehensive resource that references best practice, resources and ideas to help you to evaluate your current activities and to plan and develop a programme of careers provision that has a positive impact on students and helps you deliver your legal obligations.
Created in Partnership with award winning Career Developing Consultant, Liz Reece, the toolkit brings together insight from a wide range of quality sources and provides examples that can be easily implemented in practice.
The toolkit references credible, quality information and resources which can support schools and colleges as they develop their careers provision. Updated and revised for 2017, the new version features all the necessities for a careers leader laid-out in an easier format that is quick and easy to guide through.
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