With the 4th National Careers Week now upon us, and boasting a better reach than ever before, we caught up with its founder, Nick Newman, to find out how National Careers Week all came about and how we can help make it even bigger and better in the future.
Can you tell us a bit about National Careers Week – what it’s objectives are and what will be going on?
NCW is all about raising awareness for quality careers education, information, advice and guidance. In 2014 we were able to promote resources to over 1600 secondary schools, 350+ FE colleges and over 80 universities. Services provided to students included daily drop-in workshops, careers fairs, employer visits, focusing on subject relevant careers in lessons and showing careers films. 2015 will be even bigger! This year we have given each day of the week a different theme (be it future careers, work experience, apprenticeships etc) to prompt ideas and, if that doesn’t help, the NCW Website is full of useful and creative examples of what school, colleges and organisations around the country – and beyond – are doing to mark the occasion.
How did you involvement in National Careers Week start?
It started as a response to the cuts for Youth Services and Connexions – I started the SaveCareers campaign on twitter and it was the support for this that convinced us all of the need for a National Careers Week. We are now in our 4th year and it’s growing stronger and stronger.
Nick, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your own background in careers?
I’ve been in Careers media production for over 20 years – in the last 10 years I’ve built a team at Careersbox which delivered the first free online video resource for the careers market – www.careersbox.co.uk – among other resources. I am passionate about helping young people find the right opportunities for them
Are there any useful resources on the NCW site you can point us in the direction of?
Have a look at the resources section of the official website. It shows a collection of useful websites and videos as well as specific NCW digital guides. There are useful sector infographics that can be downloaded and you can sign up for our free NCW newsletter to keep up to date with the latest news and resources.
Any plans for how NCW will develop in the future?
We will keep growing it to reach more people each year.
Finally, what can we be doing, as careers professionals to help promote NCW?
As well as the resources that can be shared among the careers community from the main website, people should look to our Ambassadors for tips and activity ideas. NCW2015 now has 32 Ambassadors on board to help promote the week. They come from a variety of working backgrounds and settings, all described on our website, and each can be followed on twitter. If you are a twitter user, be sure to follow the hashtag #NCW2015 to keep up to date with what others are doing and to share your own activities for the week ahead.