The new Careers Strategy, all mouth, no trousers?

So, as you may know late December brought forth a new Careers Strategy, enshrined in law to prevent schools phoning it when it came to their careers offering. Or so goes the theory, whether it will amount to a hill of beans in reality is something very different. Luckily enough I've read the whole document … Continue reading The new Careers Strategy, all mouth, no trousers?

Extract from the book – Work experience, why it’s good, how to get it, what to ask.

An extract from the book has been published in Personalised Education Now, if you are on the fence about whether or not your or your child's future is worth slightly less than £12.00 or indeed even less for an e-copy then perhaps reading all the words here will convince you that the investment is a … Continue reading Extract from the book – Work experience, why it’s good, how to get it, what to ask.

Forward Planning Notice – Education/Careers/Schools/Parenting

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5th-10th March – National Careers Week (UK)

26th April – Take your child to work day (US and UK)

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Edd Williams is the author of ‘Is Your School Lying To You? Get The Career You Want. Get The Life You Deserve.’ (January 30 2018, Ortus Press, £11.99) Edd spent years as a successful recruitment consultant and now works as an academic and careers consultant (Duart Consultants), school governor, parent and writer. Press copies of ‘Is Your School Lying To You?’ are available too.

Key talking points:

  • How and why is the careers and university advice dished out in secondary schools out-dated and unhelpful?
  • What impact will the Government’s new Careers Strategy make to careers advice in schools?
  • How has the job market changed and what options are open to 15-19-year olds today?
  • What are…

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Live Twitter Q&A for any and all careers related questions.

Not that snappy a headline but I'm assured the technology is there to support me even when my vocab isn't. But yes, next week sees the launch of my book and to celebrate/shamelessly promote that I'm hosting not one but two, count 'em, two live Twitter chats where anyone can ask anything that's bothering them … Continue reading Live Twitter Q&A for any and all careers related questions.

Draw your own future? Draw your own conclusions about the state of careers advice in this country.

When I ask my children what they want to be when they grow up, their responses change on an almost quotidian basis. My 4 year old wants to be a scientist to find a cure for cancer, then be an astronaut and then somewhat quixotically become a Power Ranger. My 7 year old wants to … Continue reading Draw your own future? Draw your own conclusions about the state of careers advice in this country.

1st class degree bonanza!

I wrote back in July last year of the sordid levels of grade inflation that has been running unchecked in UK universities over the last few years (44% rise in firsts over a five year period) and they are back in the news today with further giveaways. In 2012-2013, when the higher fees were introduced … Continue reading 1st class degree bonanza!

Why lying on your CV/Personal Statement is never as good an idea as it seems.

Once again I've been lucky enough to be asked to contribute an article to Family Friendly Working, this time it's all about why lying on your CV tends to be a pretty bad idea. https://www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk/2017/12/06/why-you-cant-get-away-with-little-white-lies-on-your-cv-anymore/ And, if you liked that, you might also like this - https://edducan.com/2017/04/25/all-filler-no-killer-the-top-5-mistakes-people-make-in-their-cvs/  

How to secure work experience and how it can help define your career and academic decision making. (Extract from my new book.)

Gosh, what an exciting start to the year, first gastric flu, then tonsilitis but now like a shiny beacon of hope on the horizon comes the first press release extract from my book -all about the bee in my bonnet. Work experience, and how important it is when it comes to informing careers, university, apprenticeship … Continue reading How to secure work experience and how it can help define your career and academic decision making. (Extract from my new book.)

New Year, New You? You’d be better off eating cake than pretending you don’t for a fortnight.

New year, new you? It's one of the biggest myths perpetrated by, well, just about everyone and everything. The simple function of chronology doesn't allow one to entirely reinvent oneself because the hand of a clock sweeps past an arbitrary time. The pressure to be better, try new things, be different, be a new improved, … Continue reading New Year, New You? You’d be better off eating cake than pretending you don’t for a fortnight.