SEND Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance
Take a look at the video from one of our Specialist Careers Advisors. We've also added some of useful documents in the download section.
Careers advisers use information, advice and guidance to help you make informed decisions about your future. A careers adviser can help you achieve what you want to do in a realistic and informed way. A Careers Adviser will raise aspirations and challenge stereotypes. This might be through group work, group talks, or individual career meetings. We build on the careers support that you have already received in school to help you explore options about your future. So, what happens in the careers meeting? We’ll ask you about your career plan and we’ll listen carefully to you. We are not here judge you, or your ideas. We’ll ask what you want to gain from the meeting. We’ll ask questions to help you clarify your aims and come up with an action plan. We might help you take notes during the meeting or help you capture the information in a way that suits you. We’ll help you to discuss your options and make sure you’re aware of all of the options available to you so that you can make an informed choice about your future. We might talk to you about resources that you, or someone who is supporting you, can use to help you reach your goal. We’ll talk to you about the support that’s available for you to reach your goal, such as ‘Access to Work’. Throughout the meeting, we will always ask you if you have any questions and check that you have understood. What we won’t do, is tell you what job or course you should do. It is your decision about whether to go for something or not; a careers adviser can help you look at the implications of a choice or decision so that you feel more informed and confident. What are the different opportunities/pathways that are available to young people? There are a variety of pathways that are available and we can help you to decide the best pathway for you. The pathway may include a Supported Internship, Traineeship, a course at a college or training centre. An Apprenticeship or Supported Apprenticeship. The pathway may include Enterprise (that means creating a business). It may be A-levels, studying at university, or paid work, it could be Voluntary work or supported volunteering. These are just some examples. How do you get Young People to be involved? It’s the young person’s meeting, not ours, so we try our best to make you feel at ease so that you’re comfortable with asking us questions. We ask you what you want from the meeting, and we keep checking with you throughout the meeting that we are talking about the things you want to talk about.