What next for students? Choosing a career just got easier…. Thursday 28 August 2008 PDF Print So your son or daughter has done well in their exams and is feeling euphoric - but what next? Ask a lot of teenagers today what they want to do and you’re met with an almost inevitable “dunno!” Why is that? Career information, advice and guidance seems to be less and less a part of the school curriculum and more and more left to the individual. There are hundreds of career options and a job market that is full of opportunity, even in a recession; the problem is which route to take when you really do not know what you want to do. It can seem like an insurmountable problem to a young person especially when choosing a job and working towards a goal can appear for some reason unfashionable? Many teenagers leave education with qualifications and no idea what they want to or can do. Unfortunately, access to impartial careers information, advice and guidance has been given a lower profile, making easy access to support more difficult for many young people when making those important decisions that can shape their lives. Young people need to be challenged and encouraged to explore possibilities at key stages in their education such as when choosing their GCSE subjects; at the point when they approach the legal school leaving age and deciding whether to continue in school or to consider a move to a college or training provider; at the transition into Higher Education for those that choose this route, and ultimately into the world of work. Part of this process is to also enable young people to change their minds as their thinking develops but continue to support this choice through the provision of information, advice and guidance on where these choices can lead and what is needed to achieve them. The key to all of this is impartiality. Any support has to be without constraint or influence on the young person, coupled with a view of realistic achievement by the individual. Against this backdrop there is one company that is offering young people a new and innovative way to embrace choice at those key decision points in their education. worldclasscareers.co.uk has launched a website specifically aimed at all young people seeking to determine what subjects to take; what further education colleges or Universities to aim for; what training opportunities to take up; what outside school activities could help them when it comes to making life changing decisions about their futures and, as a result, help them map out a career path which is best suited to them and will enable them to achieve their full potential. Through their website www.worldclasscareers.co.uk, and using the latest Audio/Visual technology, WorldClassCareers deliver high quality career guidance to students throughout the world, offering private, online guidance sessions. This service is available to schools to support their current careers education programme and to individual students. They have a large number of fully qualified counselors from many countries and backgrounds and with many different skills, knowledge and languages. ‘The key to the service has been harnessing the latest webcam technology’, says Marketing Director, Neil McMillan. We can now offer professional careers guidance at the click of a mouse. Our students choose which adviser they want from a panel on the worldclasscareers.co.uk web site. They choose when they receive their on-line advice sessions, and where they will receive them. They can now be literally, anywhere in the world, wherever is convenient and private.’ Neil continues, ‘All that is needed is a broadband connection and a webcam and the worldclasscareers.co.uk virtual career lab allows the Career Adviser and student to communicate as if they were in the same room. Full two-way audio and video enables the adviser and student both to see and hear each other. The shared whiteboard means the adviser and student can view and share files, websites and exercises together. With the increasing spread of high-speed access to the Internet from home, school or wherever, the service is considerably more accessible than traditional career management programmes. This model is currently being trialled in a selection of the 5,000 International Schools around the world, as many of the students look to return to the UK for further education..’ Ian Bourne, past Chief Executive of Careers Service National Association, who has led two careers companies and been Director of two Connexions partnerships says: ‘On-line careers guidance is very exciting and has been said for many years to be the way forward, allowing students to choose from many different advisors, picking someone they can relate to and is relevant to them. This way by engaging the students at any point when they have choices to make they will gain confidence in their decisions, be more focussed in their studies and improve their motivation to succeed within school.’ Ian went on to say: ‘with young people becoming more and more concerned about making the right choice and not getting themselves into debt so early in their lives if they go to university there is a huge need to offer young people different routes to gain access to the information, advice and guidance they need. We hope to be part of that approach.’ Operations Director, Phil Isaacs, who was instrumental in developing the technological solution, commented: ‘Apart from the environmental advantages from the reduction in travel, the cost of career guidance via the internet is kept to an absolute minimum and this opens up access to quality career management to everybody who wants to achieve their full potential. The key to the quality of our approach is that we only use fully qualified, experienced professional advisers that are members of the ICG (the Institute of Career Guidance). We also have no affiliations with any employers or educational establishments and so can offer totally impartial advice. This means we can offer a complete service to schools for all their students at key transition points in their education. Note for Editors Careernexus operates the on-line career management platform using two website: www.121careers.co.uk for adults and worldclasscareers.co.uk for young people. Careernexus has recently launched and it targeting clients in the UK and International Schools across Europe, Middle East and Asia initially. For more information contact: Neil McMillan Marketing Director M: 07813 602672 E: email@example.com Ian Bourne Director M: 07879 895304 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Careernexus Limited Nexus House 32 Bath Road Stonehouse Gloucestershire GL10 2JA This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Career Nexus in the following categories: Children & Teenagers, Education & Human Resources, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.