National Careers Week was established in 2010 and aims to promote good career guidance throughout schools and colleges.
During 2021, we welcome the first ever ‘virtual careers week’ which takes place on the 1st – 5th March 2021.
Previous events have helped many students make effective decisions about their future prospects.
National Careers Week is especially important this year as COVID-19 has had a massive impact on students education. The virus has forced school closures in over 188 countries and disrupted learning for over 1 billion young people.
During this time, online and blended learning solutions were introduced. However, decreased support and disengagement from the school system will have a long-term impact on student outcomes and career aspirations.
Research on behalf of EngineeringUK has suggested that over 50% of 15-19 year olds strongly agree that getting into university would be harder after the pandemic. 62% also strongly agree that securing a job post-COVID has become more difficult.
Findings from the research suggests that young people aged 11-19 felt that their career choices have been restrained because of the pandemic. 30% say the careers they could do has changed as a result of the pandemic and 22% say what they wanted to do as a career has changed.
Looking ahead, schools, colleges and employers must be resilient and support young people to the best of their ability. The government must also be experimental in its support for the next generation and treat diversity as a priority.
With help from National Careers Week, students will have a better understanding of the links between courses, skills and the pathways they open up. To get involved, visit: https://nationalcareersweek.com/
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