A recent ‘Careers after COVID’ report has unveiled some very interesting findings with regards to students being concerned about their future careers. The pandemic has caused widespread disruption across all levels of the education system. So, understandably, there are some worries about the future for these students. The study revealed that 70% of secondary school students either didn’t know what they want to do for a career; or, were unsure about the next steps after leaving school. Over three-quarters of these students admitted to being worried about their choice in career.
Reduced Teacher Support
Students are clearly worried about their future. The report found that 48% of secondary school teachers said the careers advice had worsened since the start of the pandemic. With only 1 in 5 students at secondary school receiving advice from their school since the start of lockdown, we have a very confused generation about to enter the next stages of their lives.
Students are already struggling with the reduced support from teachers. Not to mention the general disruption to their learning and exams. Another spanner in the works is the effect COVID has had on work experience. With lockdowns and social distancing rules being implemented, one in four students in this study said they have no practical experience of the working world. This is only going to make things more difficult for them as they start transitioning into jobs.
What Needs To Change
The traditional method for giving careers advice has always started with the question ‘what do you want to do?’, which can be extremely difficult as a 16 year old who has no clue about their future. A good way to turn this on its head is to get to know the personality of the student instead. That will soon highlight their strengths and weaknesses, which can help to guide them down the right career path.
Schools also need to start looking at new ways to expose students to their potential career choices; work experience and apprenticeships being the most appropriate methods. Employers need to be actively involved during these stages too. This is so that students are aware of the many options available to them after leaving school
What This Means For Assessors
You may be wondering why we are creating a blog post about students making their career choices. But this is because apprenticeships are definitely going to be on the rise following these statistics. With students being unsure as to whether to stay in education, and businesses getting more involved with the careers process, we could see a real boom in the update of apprentices.
More apprentices means more Assessors will be needed in order to carry out End-Point Assessments. So if you have ever considered a career in assessing, now is the time to get a qualification under your belt! The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is the best one as this allows you to assess learners in a range of different learning environments.
If you would like any further information about how to become an Assessor, please give the team at Brook and Kirk a call on 01205 805155.