Resources for teachers and careers advisors: planning your 2017-18 careers education
Every school has a responsibility to provide their students with careers advice, and we have lots of resources to help.
Not everyone knows what they want to do with their lives, which can make supporting students with decisions about their future careers challenging.
We can help you every step of the way with your careers education, from inspiring students to consider a career in social care, to organising work placements and finding entry-level vacancies.
1. Inspire students to understand more about working in social care
- Invite an I Care…Ambassador to come and talk about the different career options in social care. Ambassadors are people who work in the sector who can give a first-hand perspective about what it’s like. Find your local ambassador.
- You can also find lots of information on Think Care Careers, which explores the different job roles you can do, what type of person you need to be and how you can start a career in the sector.
2. Make sure students have the right values to work in social care
- A Question of Care is an online quiz that tells people if they have what it takes to work in social care. Students are guided through a number of scenarios and asked what they’d do in that situation. They get a personalised report at the end.
- What values do I need to work in social care tells you a bit more about what type of person you need to be. It has short activities to help students understand if they have the right values, and how their previous experience shows this.
3. Organise a work placement or taster day
- Some I Care…Ambassador services offer work placements or taster days. They’re a great opportunity for students to see if social care is the right career for them. Find your local ambassador – when you search, make sure you tick the ‘Supporting a work experience opportunity’ box.
4. Support students to find an entry level role
- An apprenticeship is a great route into the sector – as an apprentice students will gain experience, complete nationally recognised qualifications and get paid. Read more about social care apprenticeships and find live vacancies.