Are you a teacher, parent, carer, youth worker or careers professional?

Many teachers, parents and others who support young people find icould a helpful starting point for talking about careers.

With this in mind, we’ve developed a selection of resources to help when using icould with young people, either on an individual or group basis.

 

Classroom resources

Our classroom resources provide quick, engaging and fun activities to get young people thinking about their futures, and have been endorsed by the Association for Careers Education and Guidance, now part of the Career Development Institute.They’ve been designed for teachers but can easily be adapted for use outside school.

Download printable icould resources.

You can also see icould videos on TES Growing Ambitions, which hosts a rich bank of multimedia teaching resources to help students make informed choices about their future. 

See our response to the recent Ofsted report on careers guidance in schools.

Using icould

icould features over a thousand videos of people telling their personal career stories in their own words.  You can explore by subject, job type, or life decision; or by using the search wizard. Our storytellers provide firsthand accounts of what it’s like to work in a wide variety of jobs and sectors, and share their real-life routes to their current roles.

We also have an accompanying range of articles, covering career-related subjects from CV writing to university admissions, while our Focus On section brings together videos and articles around themes, such as Choices at 16 or career sectors, including law, music and technician roles.

The Buzz Test is a personality profile quiz which offers a fun way for young people to discover more about their strengths and what makes them tick.

 

Starting a discussion

After watching an icould video with a young person, asking follow-up questions is a great way to develop their thinking.  You may want to ask:

  • Which aspects of the job appeal or don’t appeal to you?
  • Do you think the storyteller enjoys his/her job?  Is this important?
  • What other roles do you think the storyteller may come into contact with through their work?
  • How have life events or personal circumstances shaped the storyteller’s career?  

 

Inspiring the Future
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Inspiring the Future is a free service across England with volunteers from all sectors and professions going into state secondary schools and colleges to talk about their jobs and sectors.

 

 

Information for parents

Our Information for parents section includes a useful guide to qualifications and covers issues such as helping your child with career decisions and financial help for your child’s studies.

 

Would you like to become a school governor?

Are you interested in helping young people develop their expectations and aspirations? Could your skills help maintain and improve school performance? School governors give up their time to assist Head Teachers with strategic management, including decisions regarding budget, curriculum, building management and school policy. There are around 300,000 school governors, one of the largest groups of volunteers in England.

Governors for Schools recruits volunteers with transferable skills to become school governors. They provide a free service, guiding volunteers through the application and appointment process and working with schools and local authorities to fill governor vacancies.

Find out more about volunteering as a school governor.