Helping pupils decide what to do when they leave school can be a challenge; especially inspiring children from under privileged backgrounds. A professional career can be exciting and rewarding and we have a variety of resources to help you show school pupils of all ages the choices available to them. If they fancy being an engineer you can help them pinpoint a career - whether it's as a civil engineer building the world's tallest buildings or a marine engineer fixing submarines.

One way to encourage students to consider a profession is by introducing them to real people in real careers. While it may not be possible to invite professionals from every sector to visit your school, video testimonials offer the personal touch that can help your students see themselves in someone else’s shoes. Visit our Career Videos section or icould’s collection of career storytellers. 

Total Professions can help you and your pupils find out about the different types of professional careers and how to get into them, including the non-academic and vocational routes. It is often not necessary to be a graduate; many professional careers can be accessed in other ways. The Career Sectors provide you with information for many careers. It will tell you whether they need to go to university and offer degree advice; what salary they can expect; how much training is involved and even how to gain experience through a work placement. Here we provide some links to...

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Our resources point you to many of the organisations working to make the professions more accessible to those from non-traditional backgrounds, such as Brightside which aims to provide educational opportunities to pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. The organisation aims to deliver an online suite of tools and training programmes to help undergrads and professionals to mentor pupils from under-represented backgrounds. Pure Potential offers advice for teachers on Personal Statements, student finance, sample questions for university interviews, and information on admissions test for Law and Medicine and advice on how to go about securing work experience.  

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