Category Archives: Schools and colleges

Parent power: getting in the way or enhancing social mobility?

The recent GTI Media survey of parental influence upon children’s career choices packs a punch. It shows the hearts and minds of UK parents need a spot of lifting, opening, re-educating and – in extreme cases – requiring a transplant … Continue reading

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Women in IT. Is the tide finally turning?

Regular readers will know that I have written long and often about the shortage of women in technology and what needs to be done to attract a more balanced workforce. So I was taken by surprise when interviewing a recent … Continue reading

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Recruiters and universities: To reach the children, you need to engage with their parents

If you are blessed with small children and doubly blessed with small children talented enough to play football for the local team coached by someone’s dad, then you have surely witnessed the parents from hell. Or heard them shout in … Continue reading

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Parents. A growing influence on their kids – and how this affects your engagement strategy now and in the future

In the immortal words of Hull bard Philip Larkin, they f**k you up your mum and dad. It’s OK to be crude when it’s Art of course. Philip might have been somewhat ironic with his glib analysis of parental influence … Continue reading

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Alternatives to university for school leavers: not known about, not pushed and parents are struggling

With more employers offering school leaver programmes as a real alternative to university study and with the massive push for apprenticeships, it seems that schools, students and parents are still, in the main, stuck in the mindset that university is … Continue reading

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Not perfect but careers advice and employer engagement in schools is appreciated by most students

I heard Dr Vince Cable at an AGCAS Conference earlier this year say, and these weren’t his exact words, that the government had made a right old mess in schools when they abolished the Connextions service and asked (told) schools … Continue reading

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