The internet is shifting the context within which individuals explore and develop their careers. What does this mean for schools?
- Creating a Digital Careers Library – accessing and using resources
- Developing digital careers management skills
- Creating digital portfolios and passports
- Using e-learning to improve employability skills
- Online profiling to support successful applications
In this first article in the series we will be looking at creating a Digital Careers Library.
Creating a Digital Careers Library
The internet offers a massive information resource for young people. It provides an opportunity to improve the quality of information, to harness the linked nature of the web to draw in external resources and to provide a more media-rich experience through the use of pictures, audio and video.
Your students will increasingly require access to more personalised careers information. In our rapidly changing world, it is impossible for an adviser to have a completely up-to-date and fully inclusive knowledge of every career, learning or training opportunity. By creating a high quality digital career library for your school, you can provide your students with information on virtually any opportunity. You can also provide a marketplace where your students can apply for opportunities in learning and work.
Why is this so important?
A digital careers library can complement and support the work of a careers adviser in a number of ways:
- enables your students to understand their strengths and become more experimental in their career thinking
- encourages your students to identify and explore a wide range of options
- allows your students to independently research each of these options
- prepares your students for a discussion with an adviser
- helps your students apply for opportunities in learning and work
A digital careers library can also enhance the work of a school careers manager:
- helps your organisation meet its statutory duty to deliver impartial information, advice and guidance
- provides cost effective delivery - the new digital careers libraries are relatively inexpensive and most digital resources are regularly updated. This saves money when compared to purchasing new versions of hard copy material and in terms of time, there is no need to check resources for validity etc.
Creating a Digital Careers Library
Can you create your own digital careers library? Since the mid-1990s there has been a proliferation of career related websites which have sought to provide careers information in a variety of forms. Careers information on the internet is now dispersed across several thousand sites. It is not easy to find the appropriate blend of interactive resources/high quality information. There is also the question about having the time to undertake the necessary research and bring everything together in one place.
- Have you created a digital careers library?
- If you have, what advice would you give to anyone who is just starting the process?
So, is there an easy solution? There are already a couple of ready-made digital careers libraries. Careers Planner is the most comprehensive with 3,500 online careers tools and applications, links to a further 10,000 secondary resources, a programme of lesson plans for teachers and a reference library for parents. It also has a range of tools to help you monitor/track your students' career interests, progress and applications. Go to https://www.careersforschools.com/careers-planner for further information.