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Meet Aaron & Joe

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Meet Aaron & Joe

The employability and work readiness of young people is rarely out of the news. Year 10 students Aaron Brooke and Joe Brear recently spent some time on work experience at U-Explore, so we took the opportunity to see what they had to say about it all.

“MPs have said that careers guidance is ‘inadequate, unruly and complex’ which I believe to be true” said Aaron. “My opinion of school and careers as a whole is that everyone is pushed through school, through exams and out of the other side unsure what to do next. But things are changing, especially at my school – we have careers guidance professionals working with us, but is this enough?”

Joe added “It said on the BBC website that if schools were to offer substandard careers advice that they should be downgraded in Ofsted inspections. Secondary schools should have to incorporate careers advice in to lessons. Schools that have form time either in a morning or just before the end of school should be encouraged to discuss careers with students to help them understand what skills and qualifications they need to find the right job for them.”

“Everything is evolving so fast but schools and government seem to choose to stick to old methods which just don’t work anymore” according to Aaron. “If it was me, I would tackle things differently. I think careers should be introduced into learning in general. From a young age children should be aware of what a job is and how it plays a big role later in life. I think there should be more lessons that implement life skills in to learning.”

Moving on to the topic of careers software, Aaron said “Websites and new technologies that are used to help students discover more about themselves and the jobs that are out there, are a good starting point and the way forward. In this digital age we shouldn’t depend on people to tell students what jobs they should do – they are only human and can’t know everything about every job and how that fits a particular person – it just doesn’t work.”

“Careers guidance websites are good but not getting much attention as they lack interesting social media posts” said Joe. “After looking though several different websites and their social media pages, I find the pages to look very professional and eye catching but the information is boring and lacking in engaging and exciting tweets. Careers guidance isn’t being tackled from key angles such as the things all students use – phones, computers and games consoles.”

Aaron and Joe are Year 10 students from Horbury Academy in Wakefield.