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Planning career learning over time

In this step we look at some examples of Careers Learning Journeys.

Careers Learning Journeys can be mapped out using the small changes you have made as a teacher in your own lessons. Working with colleagues, you can then explore what a Careers Learning Journey might look like for your department, creating a collective Careers Learning Journey that includes milestone engagements such as employer visits and engagements.

Use a Careers Learning Journey as a tool for communicating your planned careers activity, demonstrating how career learning builds upon previous experiences. Remember there are a breadth of activities that can feature on your Careers Learning Journey. One way to consider the activities, is to think about the type of engagement the students are involved in:

  • Listen: for example presentations, information, guest speakers.
  • Meet: for example apprentices, employers, researchers.
  • Do: for example factory tours, competitions, activities, collaborative projects
  • Research: for example research projects, homework’s.
  • ** Join**: for example taking part in optional activities, STEM Clubs, Engineering clubs.

Take a look at these examples to see how that might look for a year group or topic. An accessible description is available. The Year 9 example focuses on the breadth of activities in which the students will take part.

Careers learning journey for computing across one term of Year 9 (age 13-14)

The Year 10 example shows progression from meeting an engineer, to working with an engineer on a project, through to mock interviews.

Careers learning journey for Year 10 (age 14-15) with a focus on engineering


What are the benefits to thinking about progression in your provision of careers learning? Draw upon the examples from the video and the breadth of activities indicated above as to how careers learning could develop in your subject over time.

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