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National Careers Week is taking place from 7th until 11th March 2016. The official National Careers Week (NCW) website suggests that it is ‘a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.’

But, what does this mean for those working first hand with students in schools and colleges? Some may argue that it gives people a much needed opportunity to shout about the careers work they are already carrying out on a daily basis. Careers work is so often a hidden element of work being delivered in schools, made particularly challenging to raise the profile of, because of its cross-curricular nature.  So, what could you be doing in school during this week to raise the profile of careers?

National Careers Week gives us an opportunity to reflect on the careers activities we are currently offering to students. Often, due to time and financial restraints, these are the same activities offered year on year. Maybe this is the time to consider how these activities could be updated and redesigned to further engage your students and develop their aspirations?

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