Not so much an article this week but a blog post. Written by Matthew Taylor, the current Chief Executive of the RSA and, previously, Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister, I urge you to read it, if you haven’t already. The blog post can be found here and addresses his thoughts on the current state of play of careers advice provision and the public image and perception of our profession.
I found it fascinating for 2 main reasons:
1) To hear from a political figure who actually ‘gets’ the situation with careers advice is so refreshing. Taylor understands that our profession, and the effectiveness of it, cannot be assessed through immediate outcomes, and that to do so is also ignoring the many other external influence that may cause people to make the decisions that they do. And;
2) He hits the nail on the head with his point about celebrity figures and their numerous stories that follow the theme “if I had listened to my careers adviser, I would have become a <inset comical or ‘worthless’ job>…” Everyone in the media eye, it seems, has a story to tell where their careers adviser is firmly placed as a figure of ridicule. But, as he points out, no one hears from the many people, young and old, who have stories to tell of how careers professionals have genuinely helped them to make good decisions and/or move forwards. That wouldn’t be half as ‘interesting’ now, would it?