Frequently asked questions
Can't students just research careers online ?
Yes of course. However students often do not know either themselves, or what they could be interested in, very well. Nor do they know much about the world of work. This makes identifying satisfying and enjoyable educational and career pathways very difficult. My role is to help them broaden their understanding of themselves, of their preferred skills and interests and coach them in how these relate to careers areas and respective educational/professional pathways.
How to tell if your son or daughter needs help?
If your son or daughter has not had a Morrisby (or other) psychometric evaluation, to help them self analyse and understand all the careers that could really suit them, then they may need and benefit considerably from, careers tutoring.
My son or daughter seems ok about it all...
Great! He or she is good at research already. A fantastic skill. If you would like a qualified, experienced and impartial professional to double check they have considered everything they should, then tutoring is ideal.
They want to work 'in business'..
Fantastic! Careers Tutoring will help a student understand how vast this is. And which areas of it they could really love.
Vocational or traditional degree?
Careers tutoring checks students understand why they are taking a degree and what they wish to gain from it. We discuss the reality of work today, key skills for 2021+, local and national labour market intelligence and how to ensure their own employability via applying for internships, placement year (when these return) and Masters etc. Meaning that whatever their degree, they remain focused on becoming highly employable.
He/she doesn't fancy University..
Great that your son or daughter already knows their needs well enough to start to evaluate the right choices for themselves. Careers tutoring can walk students through the amazing other options available. For those that like the idea of gaining a degree, just not full time, nor away from home, we look at a range of options including commuting to University, Degree Apprenticeships (tuition paid), Open University or degrees provided by local sixth form or technical colleges. There are SO many ways to gain a degree education - whilst living at home.
How can I help my (returned home) graduate?
If undergraduates did not apply for, or gain, a graduate job during their Final Year (if they welcomed this), then they often need to return home. Life becomes quite difficult with no more student loan. At home, as jobsearch is hard and relentless, they can find they slip into lower paid 'stop gap' roles just to gain some finance. This can sometimes last a number of months and cause frustration and upset.
What are the benefits of private Careers Tutoring?
There are now so many options; subjects, colleges, apprenticeships, Full time University, Part time university, Degree Level Apprenticeships. Unsurprisingly many students and parents find it hard to navigate between multiple pathways. Or identify the values/consequences of each option. And most students simply do not know themselves well enough to 'future proof' their selections. Careers tutoring responds to all these issues and provides enough sessions to support individuals fully.
Difference between school careers/private careers sessions?
I work as a Careers Adviser in state, academy groups and private schools in Hampshire and privately with students/families. Quality careers guidance uses many approaches: dialogue, gentle questioning, exploring multiple ideas, psychometric evaluation, coaching (how to research, the world of work, work experience, qualifications etc). All this takes time and of course, budget.
Don't schools/colleges check students are aiming for the right year options?
All staff in schools/colleges will do their best to ensure students pick the right courses.
What about the UCAS process? How will it work this year during Lockdown?
Y12's are not going to be attending on site presentations on the UCAS process. They will receive PPT's via email. They will be less likely to be badgered by Personal Tutors to book online virtual Uni tours- and now. And despite excellent careers staff and Personal Tutors, there will be even less bandwidth than usual to help students.
My son or daughter wishes to apply for a Degree Level Apprenticeship...can you help?
Yes! Careers tutoring helps students to research and identify interesting local degree apprenticeships and to understand the practicalities of each. It coaches them to write a Master CV & how to adapt this to each application. Tutoring goes through ability and personality psychometric testing, Digital Interviewing, Telephone Interviews, In Person interviews and most importantly, assessment centres. Just knowing these recruitment steps and how to deal with each, gives students much greater confidence, meaning they can show their full potential to employers.
What about private schools? Surely their students do not need private careers tutoring?
Private schools are in a better position to offer careers support as they have an actual budget and as parents will insist on better access.
When do families consider careers tutoring? How often?
Careers tutoring supports students and their families at each key stage of their educational journey; through GCSE options, mid year 10 college visits, year 11 college applications, year 12 university visits, year 13 university applications. Also as undergraduates finding internships and graduates finding graduate jobs. Melanie works with many families over a number of years, helping their students from one stage to the next. Families value having a trusted expert they can turn to at any point.