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How to get the most out of icould for your students

icould offers five different components that fit together to help young people explore and discover careers.

  1. Self-discovery and reflection
    Take the Buzz Quiz to develop self-awareness and start thinking about careers. This fun, quick quiz helps young people to explore their strengths and preferences, and explore links between their personality, working styles and job types.
  2. Career ideas
    Explore videos to get an insight into careers and work, and draw links between subjects and jobs. There are over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices. Videos can be filtered by job type or subject and cover a range of sectors and levels.
  3. Labour Market Information
    Drill down to see Labour Market Information (LMI) and think about next steps. Below each video, you can find information relating to job types, including salary and weekly hours; job description, qualifications and tasks; employment by region; future employment; and gender balance. How to use Labour Market Information to help make career decisions has more details.
  4. Current vacancies
    See current vacancies for ideas about future employment with the real-time jobs feed. Our jobs feed is located on each video page to the right (on mobile devices scroll down) and corresponds as closely as possible to the job family of the video. Using real job adverts to spark career ideas sets out more ways this can be used.
  5. Career guides
    Visit Advice and guides for articles exploring issues at different career stages and decision points. These include GCSE options or university choices; exams and revision; and finding and applying for jobs.

icould is part of the Inspiring The Future, a service run by the Education and Employers charity which connects secondary schools with volunteers from the world of work.

icould resources are a great way to support student learning before and after encounters with volunteers.

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Free resources for careers teaching

Our free classroom resources have 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 contact us with any comments or suggestions.

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

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?

Your subject their future: a guide to using volunteers and videos to enhance the curriculum 
Draw clear links between the classroom and the reality of the workplace in ways that young people can understand.
Teacher guide: Your subject their future

Information for parents

See our Information for parents page for more details.

Making use of icould: 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