Tips for creating your first work wardrobe

How can students look and feel confident? Whether it’s an internship, placement or seasonal job, work experience helps students to learn new skills and boost those all-important university applications. We asked Step One counsellor Emma Gotz, who is also a certified Style Coach (how is that for a career idea?!), for her top tips on making an impression for the right reasons. Here’s what she had to say. First impressions count. Whether in person or via a video call, what you’re wearing will play a Read More

30 minutes to change a life

No-one ever has enough time. You don’t, your students certainly don’t. It can be impossible for counsellors to get curriculum time for the work you want to do, and you want to make the most of every precious second with each student. Despite the time pressures we all face, if we want to be present with the student in front of us then skipping the rapport-building part of a careers interview is false economy. So we polled our guidance counsellors for their go-to questions for Read More

Different ways to think about careers in engineering

Thinking laterally about careers

You know that there is more to careers in medicine than being a doctor or a surgeon. And that there is more to computer science careers than lonely roles coding for 12 hours a day. But we’ve found that students still need help understanding the breadth of roles available in every career area. Often they only recognise the stereotypes and can rule out whole areas of interest for this reason. I once knew a girl who loved science, but did NOT love lab work and Read More

Thinking creatively about careers

Learning about careers can be daunting when students first start out. How can we help them broaden their perspective whilst avoiding overwhelm? One way in is to write out a list of the career areas a student is most interested in and look at them altogether. This can give them clues that would otherwise be hidden. Can they see anything that links these areas? Are they all about business? Creative? About the physical sciences? Perhaps they all involve helping people in some way. The nature Read More