Careers Information

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
Gatsby Benchmark 2, Good Career Guidance, Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Information resources

Signposting students and their parents to high quality careers and labour market information can help to support effective decision making and career planning.

Both statutory guidance from the DfE and Gatsby Benchmark 2 make clear reference to the ways in which careers resources can help to raise aspirations and  improve transitions into work by providing a range of information in areas such as:

  • job descriptions
  • career pathways and progression routes
  • labour market information (LMI) such as earnings and sector and employment trends
  • information on the local labour market
  • courses, qualifications and entry requirements
  • job applications and interviews
Putting together a broad range of resources which meet the needs of all students will help to raise aspirations and can have a positive impact on pupil outcomes. Keeping on top of new and updated resources isn’t easy but ‘soft’ information found in many careers resources means it’s important to maintain an up-to-date collection of hard copy and online resources.

If you feel you need some support in setting up a collection of resources or understanding what makes ‘high quality’ information we can help by suggesting ways in which you can:

  • organise and maintain careers resources including setting up a ‘virtual learning environment or ‘careers hub’
  • purchase the right resources for your school or college
  • help to educate students on how to use the resources
  • promote your resources across the school and to parents and widen access

If you’re working towards, or considering a Quality in Careers Standard Award, good practice around careers and labour market information is an essential part of successfully gaining accreditation.

You might also like: Careerometer LMI tool