Careers Information for Teachers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

Why is embedding careers in the curriculum so important?

  • Students feel more engaged in their learning when they perceive the relevance of what they are studying to their own and other people’s lives
  • Students become more aspirational, understanding that perceived barriers can be overcome and that there are numerous pathways to success
  • Subject teachers are highly influential – students are 18 times more likely to be motivated to learn if their teachers know their hopes and dreams
  • Staff highlighting the relevance of their subject to future careers and opportunities creates social capital for young people with more limited networks
  • “Improving career guidance in secondary schools and colleges can lead to better student outcomes, while also raising aspirations and increasing engagement with education”, ICEGS
  • Skills Builder – Better Prepared Report  ‘Strong essential skills such as speaking, listening and staying positive can positively influence young people’s employment prospects.’   

Top Tips for embedding Careers in your subject:

  1. Highlight the employability skills that the students are using in your lesson, such as speaking, teamwork, creativity, leadership
  2. Include examples of potential future job roles as a starter or plenary
  3. Display a poster promoting the skills and careers your subject links to
  4. Share stories about your own career path
  5. Discover your students’ hopes for the future
  6. Invite in a guest to talk to your students about their career and how your subject inspired them

Learn more about Gatsby Benchmark 4- linking curriculum learning to careers and resources linked to your subject areas:

Careers Resources for KS3/KS4 Subjects:

Careers in the Curriculum

Useful link to Hampshire Futures careers videos Career advice and guidance videos


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