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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second Hi, my name is Annie Dobson and I have been a careers adviser for 14 years. Hello, my name is Jasmine Porteous. I’ve been working for over 20 years with young people and now work within a school as a work-related learning adviser.

Skip to 0 minutes and 16 seconds Annie: I think the problem with a really dry subject like careers it is really important to try and inspire and encourage our young people to find out exactly what it is they want to do and why and not leave anyone behind. It’s really important to give young people a purpose and meaning in what we’re doing with the guidance. You know, it maybe they know exactly what they want to do and they’re off to university. It maybe they haven’t got the first idea of what they want to do and uni isn’t going to be for them for the next 10 years.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds Ensuring that they have a purpose and point in what they’re doing so that they’re not left behind, that they’re not missed out. It’s very easy for young people to switch off. As I’ve said before, careers is a really dry subject and it’s very, very easy for young people to ‘zone out’ and think it’s not for them, it’s not important, it doesn’t matter. They need to know it’s their future, you know, potentially they have 50 years of working and it would be really good if they enjoyed and loved what they’re doing. So making sure it’s personal to them, that they know what their role is, what their task is that’s going to move them forward, that’s really important.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 seconds Jasmine: the reason I think it’s important for them to look at all their options is in order for them to make an informed decision about what they’re going to do so they’re not setting themselves up to fail.

Skip to 1 minute and 46 seconds Annie: Impartiality is key – we have to seen to be advising over leading, we need to make sure that our young people have all the options available to them and that it’s transparent. We need to make sure that we are up to date ourselves – it’s not enough for us to reflect on what we did 10 or 20 years ago. We have to know all the current changes around apprenticeships, around the local labour market, around general labour market information, we have to understand what’s happening with universities. They have to have all the options given to them and they have to be accurate, not based on what we think but actually what we know.

Skip to 2 minutes and 35 seconds Jasmine: it’s about them being very self- aware of the skills they have already, drawing up some options, some pros and cons around what options they’re considering to take.

Skip to 2 minutes and 48 seconds Annie: The key is to provide transparent information, advice and guidance and accessible as well. I think one of our problems is that when we have successful post 16 providers, we want to encourage students to come in at almost any cost but we have to think about the young person’s success and it has to be what’s right for the young person so they will need all the info available to them, they need to find out all of their options. I think that our role is to give them the tools that will help them, not only in this decision making but in decision making in the rest of their lives, for their career.

Skip to 3 minutes and 29 seconds That’s our role, is to help them with their whole career pathway and we need to give them as much accessible and clear information as we can now.

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