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 decision 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.


icould free teaching resources

Our free 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 InstituteThey’ve been designed for teachers but can be easily adapted for use outside school, and are available as downloadable pdfs.

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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

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

Ten quick ideas
Quick fire ideas that can be adapted to take up 5-10 minutes or a whole session. A great place to start using icould in the classroom.
Ten quick ideas: teacher/adviser notes

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.
Career paths: student worksheet
Career paths: teacher/adviser notes

Stay in touch 

Join the icould networking group on LinkedIn for more information about icould and forthcoming resources.

Got a good idea to share? 

Have you developed your own resources using icould?  Would you like to share them with other teachers and career professionals?

If you’d like to contribute, send a copy of your materials to info@icould.org.uk.  We’ll publish the best entries and put you into our termly prize draw to win one of three £50 Amazon vouchers. Please read our terms and conditions before entering. By submitting your resources you agree to our terms and conditions.

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

Is that a real job?
This fun exercise can be done individually or in pairs to get students thinking about the wide range of jobs on offer.
Is that a real job? Student worksheet
Is that a real job? Teacher/adviser notes

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

Music insiders
Two exercises looking at the range of careers supporting a music artist, and the skills and experiences of those already working in the music industry.
Music Insiders: student worksheet
Music Insiders: teacher/adviser notes 

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


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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