Careers Information Resources
“Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities” DfE Statutory Guidance 2018
MGS Students have access to a large number of careers resources in school, which provide up-to-date, independent, impartial sources of information about career opportunities, options in further and higher education, employment and much more. These are available in the school Careers Library and via on-line resources.
MGS has a well-resourced Careers Library in the main school library which is open every day for students in all year groups to access. Students can use the careers library to research information on careers, further and higher education courses, employment and job hunting, gap years and volunteering etc. There are prospectuses from every UK university and some overseas institutions. The Careers Library also has networked computer facilities with access to on-line careers information databases and career matching programs.
Careers Websites and On-Line Resources
There are hundreds of on-line resources available to help with your careers research.
The following are a small selection, with more available on the Careers section of the school VLE.
N.B. The Higher Education section has a selection of useful Higher Education resources.
KUDOS: If you are unclear about what career might be best for you why not try answering the careers matching questions in Kudos. Answer the questions honestly and accurately and select the level of job you want to see (e.g. jobs that need degrees, ‘A’ levels or just GCSEs). Kudos then gives you career ideas to consider. Make sure you research the careers suggested to see why certain careers have or have not been suggested for you and what you appear to like and dislike about them. Remember to save your results so you can come back to them at later stages. (MGS Licence code available on Careers Section of School VLE)
Fast Tomato: a similar programme to Kudos. It uses a questionnaire to assess an individual's interests, personal priorities, learning style and their anticipated level of educational attainment. It then generates tailored ideas about careers and courses that might interest you (MGS Licence code available on Careers Section of School VLE)
The National Careers Service Job Profiles: an online database providing detailed profiles for nearly 800 jobs and a Job Families section to give ideas of jobs within broad areas of work, if you have a rough idea of a work area that might be of interest. You can research information about each career jobs, including hours, income, training and working environment.
Informed Choices – a guide to post-16 subject choices: This includes advice on the best A Level subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as advice on useful subject choices if you don’t know what you want to study after school and need to keep your options open
Kent's Online Area Prospectus: (KentChoices4u) Contains information about the subjects and courses available for 14-19 year olds at all schools, colleges and work-based learning providers across Kent. All Year 11 students will make their Post-16 applications for 6 Form, college or work-based training via this site.
Labour Market Information (LMI)
LMI is information which relates to the labour market such as data on employment, wages, qualifications, job openings and working conditions.
Why is understanding LMI important?
There is no point in choosing a career path or job that is in severe decline, or is not available in your chosen geographical area. LMI can help you determine:
- Which industries and sectors are employing people
- What hours, wages and working conditions can realistically be expected
- Which job sectors are growing in the future
- Where there might be opportunities for self-employment or new business development
- Which new skills or qualifications which would greatly improve prospects of gaining employment in a particular industry or sector
Did You Know? It’s estimated that most young people leaving education today will have between 10-14 jobs by the time they are 38.
The world of work is changing all the time. There are lots of reasons why the labour market can change – as a result of political events, globalisation or developments in technology. The supply of, and demand for, labour is constantly changing. Employers have an ever-evolving list of demands in terms of employability skills. It’s important to take some time to find out as much as possible about the different jobs that interest you, the type of work, qualifications and skills needed as well as the personal qualities required. It’s also worth finding out if the occupational areas you are interested in are expanding and taking on workers.
Resources such as Fast Tomato, Kudos and the National Careers Service are all good sources of Labour Market Information. The government funds a high quality LMI service called LMI for all, which is a valuable source of LMI.