icould free teaching resources

icould teaching resourcesFrom engaging young people in your subject, to GCSE options and other decision points, icould offers many ways to help young people think about careers.Take a look at these ideas and resources for using icould in the classroom.

icould features over a thousand videos of people telling their personal career stories in their own words. 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.

Getting started

  • Try The Buzz Quiz, a personality profile quiz, which offers a fun way for young people to discover more about their strengths and what makes them tick – ideal for PSHE lessons.
  • CDI-Affiliate Organisation-logo_200Bring learning to life in the classroom with films that give practical examples of how your subject is relevant in work.
  • Encourage students to explore videos by job type to find out about different jobs within certain area of work or life event to see how other issues and interests can shape careers.
  • Use our dedicated sections to help students at key decision points – Choosing your GCSE options, What next after your GCSEs? and What next after A-levels or college? – to talk about further education, university, or apprenticeships.
  • Try our Starting points series, fun exercises and activities to help students start thinking about careers.
  • Use the Labour Market Information below each video to start discussions about average salary, skills and qualifications, predicted employment and more.
  • See icould articles for career-related hints and tips on subjects including CV writing, interviews, and networking.
  • Take a look at our most popular content for more ideas.


NEW and updated icould free teaching resources

Our free classroom resources provide quick, engaging and fun activities to get young people thinking about their futures. They’ve been designed for teachers but can be easily adapted for use outside school. We’ve tested these resources with teachers, but would welcome further feedback to inform future improvements. Please email info@icould.org.uk with any comments or suggestions.

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learning from practice

This report by Nicki Moore and Tristram Hooley from the University of Derby explores how icould is used by a wide range of practitioners.

See report: Making use of icould: learning from practice

Behind every successful person
Taking celebrities or well-known figures as a starting point to think about careers, this resource encourages students to explore connections between jobs and explore opportunities in related roles.
Student worksheet: Behind every successful person

What makes you tick?
Help students understand the importance of factors such as personal qualities, outlook and resilience when making career choices.
Student worksheet: What makes you tick? 

Is that a real job?
This fun exercise aims to get students thinking about a wider range of career possibilities.
Student worksheet: Is that a real job? 
Teacher/adviser notes: Is that a real job? 

Easy ways to use icould in the classroom
Quick fire ideas ideal as a starter or as part of a lesson.  
Teacher/adviser notes: Easy ways to use icould in the classroom

Other icould free teaching resources

Career paths
This exercise looks at the notion that everyone has a varied career path and that there is no one set path in life.
Student worksheet: Career paths
Teacher/adviser notes: Career paths

Using the Buzz Quiz
This exercise looks at matching personality types with potential careers and offers ways to talk about skills and strengths.
Student workshee: The Buzz Quiz
Teacher/adviser extension exercise: The Buzz Quiz

Unique Selling Points
This exercise introduces the concept of unique selling points to students, looking at other people’s and their own.
Student worksheet: Unique selling points
Teacher/adviser notes: Unique selling points

Exploring careers
Encourage students to start thinking how skills and qualifications are related to jobs, and possible routes at 16.
Student worksheet: Exploring careers
Teacher/adviser notes: Exploring careers

Considering higher education
This exercise encourages students to look at the value of university and the difference it can make to careers.
Student worksheet: Higher education exercise
Teacher/adviser notes: Higher education exercise

Stay in touch
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Useful links

These sites all have useful subject-specific career information:

Careers in geography: Geographical Association

Careers in science: Future Morph

Careers in maths: Maths Careers

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.

Inspiring the Future


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.

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