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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello and welcome. My name is Louise Evans, Head of UCAS Adviser Experience. On behalf of UCAS I would like to warmly welcome you to this course and look forward to working with you. • To provide a central focus, we have designed

Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsthis course around a key question: ‘What does good careers advice look like?” • As an adviser, whether you are working in the UK, mainland Europe or in an international setting, your students and parents will expect information and advice that is up-to-date, comprehensive and impartial. • Why is UCAS providing this course? It’s simple - UCAS wants to enable young people to make informed choices about their next steps in learning and progression towards their careers and working life.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds• To do this they need to be encouraged, informed and inspired - to take ownership of their career plans, to consider all the options so that they are able to find the best way forward for them - their interests, motivations, learning styles, skills, abilities and aspirations. • The UK has the most extensive degree provision in Europe, so providing advice and guidance to students can seem a daunting task. • To help, we’re concentrating week one on enhancing and extending your knowledge of what the UK has to offer so that you can advise your students with confidence. • It should take around two hours to complete the tasks this week. This includes watching videos, joining discussions, reading articles and completing any exercises.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 secondsIf you have more time, we have also provided some links to additional resources you may find useful. • Next week, we have careers advisers sharing their expertise and experience and a focus on how you can support your students’ higher education decision making. • To help inform your work, you will also learn more about the changing careers landscape and, for completeness, non-university study and training opportunities. • We really hope you will take the opportunity to engage actively with fellow learners and the course materials in a spirit of collective, and enjoyable, discovery.

Welcome and introduction

Louise Evans, Head of UCAS Adviser Experience, welcomes you to the course and sets out the starting point and learning aims around a key question: ‘What does good careers advice look like?’

Whether you are working in the UK, Europe or in an international setting, your students and parents will expect information and advice that is up-to-date, comprehensive and impartial. The UK has the most extensive degree provision in Europe so providing advice and guidance to students can seem a daunting task.

In Week 1, you will therefore be concentrating on enhancing and extending your knowledge of higher education in the UK.

In Week 2, you will hear from experienced careers advisers and focus on how you can support your students’ decision making. To help inform your work, you will also learn more about the changing careers landscape, and, for completeness, non-university pathways and study opportunities.

This course will be facilitated by Louise Evans and there will be careers advisers and higher education experts on hand to contribute.

Please make use of the ‘like’ feature within comments and discussions, if you see a comment you like or a question that you want to ask too. This will assist the facilitator and experts in answering as many of your questions as possible, and the posts with the most ‘likes’ are more likely to receive a response.

The comments sections can be a little overwhelming if there are lots of responses, so we recommend reading the first page of most recent comments and then the first page of ‘most liked’ comments – this will help you keep up-to-date with the newest and hottest comments in the course.

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