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Six crucial careers questions

Careers guidance
How can schools start a meaningful dialogue with students about careers? Jim Carrick-Birtwell lists six questions every student should be asked.


Making the transition from education to employment is one of the hardest moves we ever make. And it is getting even harder. Access to good careers advice is vital on this difficult journey and in helping young people to make more informed decisions about their future. How can schools start these discussions? Collated with help from careers and education experts, here are six questions we believe every school should ask pupils when opening a dialogue about careers.

Question 1: What activities and/or subjects do you like doing? Tell me more about something you really enjoy doing and are good at. (From Dr Deirdre Hughes, chair of the National Careers Council.)

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