Gatsby Benchmarks define what careers
provision in education should look like.
Most universities have an extensive list of talks
and workshops, which we spend a great deal
of time developing alongside our colleagues in
schools and colleges and various bodies, such
as HELOA and UCAS. Most of this is created
with you, and the Gatsby Benchmarks, in mind.
Therefore, as soon as you dip into the support offered by universities; you are automatically going to be meeting several benchmarks. For example, at Lancaster University, our Choosing a Course and University talk is designed to target Benchmarks 1, 2 and 7: establishing a university contact, learning about the market of higher education, and engaging with a university. Below are a few more examples of how we at universities provide support that links to the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Dedicated contact points within universities will work with you to gain an understanding of your careers programme and how they can support you.
Students can explore careers and labour market information through networking events and understand what to expect in an ever-evolving job market through a range of higher education organised events, such as taster days.
We know one size does not fit all, so we’re always trying to provide diverse information, as well as identifying ways to provide 1-2-1 guidance at higher education fairs and drop-in sessions.
Universities look to connect academics, careers teams and teachers to help understand how they can develop a cohesive journey from school to career.
Universities are keen to showcase the destinations of their students. This often takes the form of alumni representation at events, and this is a great way for students to start understanding the career paths that they may explore.
Many universities and their careers teams are keen to support schools in their understanding of how to approach work placements.
Those of us working within higher education are always exploring ways to better connect with students. Whether it is the main route for them or not, we want to make sure that the options are clear and available.
You know your students well and will certainly
be providing guidance where you can. However,
school liaison and widening participation teams
are also available and trained to speak to and
support students with their queries about
their next steps, be that at school, through
admissions calls, or residentials and open days.
The Gatsby Benchmarks are designed to give your students the best chance in the future, whatever their plans may be. Remember, we are here to help, and we’re always looking to shape our resources and support to help you meet the needs of the curriculum, CEIAG support, and your students’ futures. Use universities to your advantage!
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by Rebecca Wills
posted on 22 Feb '24
With so many graduates now entering the job market, a degree alone is not always enough. It is therefore very important that you work on developing your employability skills throughout your time at university, and university careers services are experts in offering a range of support to help you achieve this successfully. I will tell you more about some of the opportunities here.