icould free teaching resources
How to get the most out of icould for your students
icould offers six different components which fit together to help young people explore and discover careers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Career guides
Visit ‘Career paths’ (in our Explore section) for guides and 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.
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
These sites all have useful subject-specific career information:
Careers in geography: Geographical Association
Careers in science: Future Morph
Careers in maths: Maths Careers
STEM careers: IET Faraday. Teaching resources and activities to encourage the learning and uptake of science, design and technology, engineering, maths and computing. Make lessons even more interesting and show real-life applications of learning with innovative examples of current engineering and technology from around the world.
More from Education and Employers
Inspiring the Future connects teachers with thousands of volunteers across the UK, from a huge range of jobs, at all levels.
Primary Futures raises aspirations by helping younger children understand the link between learning and their futures.
Inspiring Women shares inspirational, first-hand career stories of women to motivate girls to consider the widest range of future careers.
Inspiring Governance connects volunteers interested in becoming governors with schools to provide the best environment for student achievement.
Inspiring FE Governance connects volunteers interested in becoming governors with FE colleges and training providers.
Education and Employers Research undertakes and promotes high-quality research on education and employer engagement to inform education policy and practice.