Coronavirus: Careers Support Hub

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Coronavirus careers support

This page is a collection of resources for parents, students, teachers and careers advisors to use during the school closures brought about by coronavirus.

We will update it as we create new resources so please keep checking back - and don't forget to bookmark the page so you can easily find it again.

1. Careers Action Plan for students

We have created a Careers Action Plan for students. Click here to download it.

This worksheet was intended to be started at the beginning of summer term but can be used any time. Students can begin it now or use it as a task for the summer holidays.

2. Free Gatsby Guides

We have made the electronic editions of our Gatsby Subject Guides available free of charge. Click the link to download your chosen subject:

Update (May 18th): As a small business affected by the coronavirus crisis, we are no longer able to offer these guides free of charge - although there are many resources here on our site which will remain free forever! To gain continued free access to the electronic version of this year's guides, you can pre-order a set of the 2020/21 guides. We offer two options:

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we have been able to make the 4 following guides available free of charge:

3. Industry Spotlight series PLUS worksheets

Earlier in the year we started sending out a series of newsletters shining a spotlight on career paths within different industries - and we have now added these articles to our website. We have also upgraded the articles to include worksheets for students to complete.

You can view them here (we will update this list as we add new articles to the site):

School staff, you can receive these emails straight to your inbox by signing up to our mailing list here.

4. Parents' eBook

Parents' eBook cover

With support from our sponsor, JP Morgan, we have created a new eBook, especially for parents, linking curriculum learning to careers. We will publish the complete version - with great content from our sponsor and other leading employers, in the new academic year.

In the meantime, we have published a preview which you can view now to help you during lockdown.

To access the eBook:

  • Parents - sign up to our parents' mailing list via this form.
  • Careers advisors/teachers - sign up to our school/college staff mailing list via this form.

For just £5.99, you can pre-order a paper version which we will dispatch in the new academic year. Visit our online shop to view and pre-order.

5. #CrisisCareersHeroes

We are celebrating the amazing #CrisisCareersHeroes who are keeping us safe at this difficult time - many of whom do not get the recognition and thanks they deserve during normal times.

#CrisisCareersHeroes graphic

A few weeks ago, we ran a week-long campaign, featuring articles on the amazing workers who are keeping society ticking over and educating our readers about how they can begin a career in these fields. We also featured interviews and social media graphics like the one on the right.

We've collected together all of the articles from the campaign on this page so you can meet all of the #CrisisCareersHeroes in one place!

You can download all the graphics here.

6. Tips and tools for careers staff

School/college careers advisors can still deliver careers support while students are at home:

Gatsby Benchmark 8: Schedule individual online calls

School closures are a great time to arrange one-to-one sessions with students to help you meet Gatsby Benchmark 8 (personal guidance). You can arrange a phone call, do a Google Hangout or a Skype or Zoom call.

Run an online drop-in session

You could run a careers drop-in session on Zoom. On Zoom, you can create a meeting link and share it with your students - anyone with the link can drop in at any time. Your school/college may have alternative software they can set you up on, or they may pay for a Zoom account if you ask. Alternatively, there is a free version which allows calls up to 40 mins long.

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