"I wanted to send a quick email to say a BIG THANK YOU for all of your support throughout the course. Being new to Careers Leader this has been a big chunk of work, but I wanted to let you know that I have learnt so much and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to learn so much in a relatively short space of time. Erica the courses have been jampacked and delivered in a really approachable, yet meaningful way! Lousie thank you for putting me at ease each time we met, especially during the recorded parts! Your support has been invaluable. You are both incredibly knowledgeable in the area of careers and hopefully at one point in the future our paths will cross again."
"The experience (of applying for jobs) has shown me the opportunities that are around and what I can move onto once both of my children start school. It's all been down to doing this course so I wanted to thank you and as it has given me a better position at school, and I think they may take careers more seriously now! And although I'm staying put for this year, I am excited to see what I can go on to do next with the knowledge I am gaining."
"Woooohoooo!!!!!! I have made it to the end!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am, it really means more to me than when I finished my degree."
"I don’t have enough words to thank you for the patience, kindness and understanding you have shown me since I started on this journey, I will never forget the support you have provided me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have loved every session and have learned so much about the role I have always dreamed about specialising in and you have helped to make that dream come true. I never thought a year ago when I was struggling to read, write and keep my eyes open for very long that I would make it through the first session, let alone the first module, all those tears of frustration at the beginning forced me to pull my socks up and crack on. Thank you for your words of encouragement and empathy in helping me through that stage."
"I would not be as confident or knowledgeable in my role of Careers Lead at JLC if it had not have been for this course. Everything we covered has been relevant and useful to me and has provided me with an excellent base from which to grow and develop my practice and new team. "
"The course has made me realise that there is SEND support out there, and a significant amount too. It is easy to feel daunted at the prospect of leading a subject like careers in a special school, ‘None of our kids will get jobs’, ‘They need constant support, how will that work?’ All of those old barriers need to come down, this course has really provided me with an extra step on my soap box, I want to be the best advocate I can be for these young people, I want to find employment opportunities for them where they’ll find purpose and a realisation that they can do it! It has re-ignited my passion for ensuring the best possible outcomes for young people with additional needs – thank you!"
"Learning the theories behind why we do what we do is invaluable. This knowledge has increased my confidence in a way I didn’t know was possible. Thanks to this course I am a more confident and assertive Careers Leader. I have also met new contacts and support networks in my fellow students. I couldn’t recommend this course enough! Thank you Erica and Louise."
"aaaaaaaI have managed to build our careers programme from a bullet point sheet of A4 to a respectful programme, I have also managed to get SLT, and others excited about Careers within our school and how important it is. And for the first time ever we have a school strategic Careers plan."
"All the notes and assignments are in essence working documents and a narrative of action plan for the role. Feels like there is not a duplication of effort. Assignments used have helped to structure conversations with other staff and stakeholders (including North East LEP)."
"I found my tutor to be very supportive and knowledgeable and we had excellent discussions about various parts of the careers programme."
"This will help me enormously by giving me some academic theory to underpin arguments I might be having internally with the regard to the importance of this agenda. It will give a greater confidence in talking to other practitioners internally and externally as I now feel I know a bit more about what I am meant to be the leader of!"
"The workshop sessions were very useful, particularly with how well structured they were. There were clear objectives for each meeting, and it was really useful that time was taken at the end of each session to go through the assignment/case study requirements."
"They were fantastic, Helga was able to tune in to us as individuals and give help where we needed. Our group all had differing levels of experience and so I found these personal sessions to be invaluable. I can’t tell you how positive Helga was, she boosted my confidence massively."
"I have grown a lot in confidence and feel more equipped to carry out my role as an Advisor. I was new in post when I started the course and was lacking a lot of confidence, questioning my ability but I feel like I have more knowledge to successfully help people move forwards. I believe the course has helped me with most of the outcomes I have achieved with clients in post."
"as a new entrant to the careers guidance sector unit 1 really helped me to understand the context of my new job"
"the training about labour market information was very useful and will help me to plan careers sessions with students in college"
"I work with a number of schools in my role with NCOP and the Level 6 Diploma gives me a sense of professionalism when working with teachers"
"sessions online on interview skills (units 4 and 5) gave me time to think about my job as the sessions were in two halves with reflection time in between"
"Exceptional resources – robust and thorough"
"Both the trainer and tutor were knowledgeable, approachable and supportive"
"Discussion on the different models of Career Leader raised questions to ask of my SLT"
"Networking opportunities and a chance for reflection on my practice"
Specific achievements from course: "LOTS! Especially in terms of planning – going beyond Gatsby e.g. introducing elements of self-awareness into work with students and looking at different approaches to LMI"
Workshop sessions: "The workshop sessions were excellent, very informative, great discussion and activities. Increased knowledge massively"
Individual Skype tutorials: "enjoyed the individual tutorials. Felt very comfortable and easy to talk to the tutor. Very supportive"
Relevance of course to role: "It will help me totally to create an effective careers programme in line with Gatsby benchmarks – to enable me to lead and manage eventually a whole team – to secure the best outcomes for our young people"
Units 4 & 5 "Discussion of models (of interviewing) and seeing it in action. Great to see the (careers) interview on screen – methodologies in action"
Unit 2 "(Resource) booklet had helpful points to go with the slides. Thinking about what reflective methodology would work best of me"
Unit 3 "There was nothing that wasn’t useful – discussions and information was all relevant - found the content on change management interesting and something I might consider in my work"
Unit 3 "how you apply practice to theory – it’s helping the jigsaw pieces fit together. Thinking about unpicking someone’s story – like the case studies and appreciating all the theories at play!"
Induction Session: "fully explained the course what is expected and how to relate it to my work"
"Thank you ever so much for all of your help, patience and support in helping me complete the course. You may have noticed it's not something I naturally settle in to, and there were many aspects which I found challenging, but through your calm method of delivery I was able to understand the requirements to achieve success. I can honestly say that I view how I deliver advice and guidance in a different way now, and believe my interviews have improved as result"
"Really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time to hear/discuss ideas and ways of doing things with others"
"A great course which has inspired and motivated me"
"Really enjoyed listening to how I can use NLP and SBT in my interviews"
“The independent learning with a named assessor worked well as we agreed the next meeting as we went along and agreed manageable deadlines”
“I liked the way I was invited to join training courses with other schools and organisations for the units on Careers Theory and Interviewing skills”
“Working at my own pace worked well as my assessor agreed not to see me when I was not at work in the summer holidays”
“All aspects of each session has helped me to complete the assignments”
“The resource booklets issued at each session along with discussion have helped to clarify information from the training”
“Really enjoyed taking the time to reflect on my work in a structured but relaxed session”
“Found the LMI session really useful and it gave me lots of beneficial informations that I will be DEFINITELY using!!!!”
"Colent course showing how you can apply LMI to different interviews in different ways”
“A really good informative course. Used Laptops to look at real websites and to analyse the information we were given”
“Excellent. Great networking and sharing of ideas”
“Erica made it sound so straight forward. She explained what I needed to do to complete the first unit. Cannot wait until our next meeting!!!”
"The candidate felt very confident and comfortable with the support offered and actually look forward to her tutorials!!"
Career Theory Workshop
"Opportunity to discuss concepts and theories we incorporate into pracrice normally, and to hear about others' processes and viewpoints'"
Career Theory Workshop
"Most useful - points picked up from peers and from tutor in discussion"
Career Theory Workshop
"I found the pre-course work useful to focus the mind"