HELP WITH ICOULD SEARCHING
We’ve designed icould based on what you asked us for, letting you search on almost any career-related dream, dilemma or job, and much more besides. This powerful film searching is unique, and may take a little getting used to at first. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Available on every page on icould:
- You can enter simple keywords like ‘A-levels’, ‘dyslexia’ or ‘creative’ in the bottom right-hand Search icould stories box, then use the arrows for more results.
- There’s no need to include words like ‘and’, ‘the’, ‘jobs’ or ‘career’ – icould is all about careers and jobs so every page may be offered to you!
Careers are about the bigger picture, all elements of our life, not just the job itself, so with icould you can build your own searches combining multiple keywords.
Advanced search allows you to search using up to two of the following tags:
- Sector stories from people whose jobs are all in the same sector
- Theme clusters of stories where a particular topic, issue or influence has played a significant part in the storyteller’s career journey. You may need to watch some way into each film in order to hear the part of their story that is relevant to theme.
- Working lifestyle is no longer just ‘nine to five’, there is increasing flexibility in the way that people work. For instance, working at ‘weekends’ or ‘shifts’.
- Interaction with others different jobs need different ways of relating to other people. For instance, some jobs require that we ‘work in teams’ or ‘help the public’.
- Personal influences things that affect career choices and the storyteller’s career journey, like ‘love of sport’ or ‘parents’.
- Jobs that involve being! we are not all the same, and different jobs need different skills and attitudes, like being ‘creative’ or ‘being organised’.
- Job type information technology has led to many changes in how we work, where we work and even when we work. For instance, we may ‘work from home’, or be ‘freelance’.
- Qualifications different jobs require different levels of qualifications and experience. For instance, some jobs need ‘lots of qualifications’, some need ‘experience’, others need both.
- Education/work pattern careers hardly ever go in straight lines, for instance we may go straight from ‘school to employment’, or from ‘university/college to employment’ or perhaps into higher education as a ‘mature student’.
- First job influence storytellers are often quite clear about what influenced their very first career decision, like their ‘parents’ or an ‘inspiring teacher’.
- Education level this may have changed during a storyteller’s career, for instance they may have got a ‘degree’ or ‘FE qualification’ until later in life. It may have a direct influence on the job they currently do or indeed, it might now seem almost irrelevant in their current work.
- Job location you can search stories by geographical area, like near where you live, but please remember that a story from another area of the country could contain useful and relevant information.
- Gender self explanatory, but we have included this because for some people gender still does influence career options.