Careers Development Professional

Here at Form the Future we are passionate about helping young people and adults make informed choices about their careers and we do this by facilitating one-to-one careers guidance and careers-related events in Secondary Schools, Sixth Form Colleges and in the community, across the region. Would you like to use your experience as a qualified Careers Professional to make a real difference to young people and adults in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area? Are you approachable, self-motivated and able to develop creative solutions in careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG)?We’re a small team with a big impact so you need to be prepared to work with several of our school and college partners as well as clients who form part of our ESIF Regions of Learning Programme. You will also be required to manage your own workload and build and maintain effective relationships with new and existing partner schools and colleges to help every young person in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area to move from education into a rewarding and successful career.If you are a dedicated and adaptable individual who would feel equally at home delivering one-to-one careers guidance sessions with young people as you would with adults, in-person and virtually, we’d love to hear from you.

Careers Guidance:

  • Provide client-focused, impartial, personal career guidance with young people and adults which challenge and support them to make informed, realistic, and adaptable career decisions based on self and opportunity awareness, aspirations, motivation, confidence and approach to learning and which, if necessary, broaden their horizons.
  • Generate and maintain confidential client records electronically in support of personal guidance, including a summary of agreed actions/action plan.
  • Involve clients in the planning, review and evaluation of one-to-one provision.
  • Support clients with developing career management skills such as CV writing, interview skills, job search and making applications through a variety of platforms.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the careers, education, and skills sectors to ensure the delivery of accurate careers advice, education, information and guidance in one-to-one and group work provision.

Careers Information:

  • Use expert knowledge of careers information and labour market information and intelligence to enable pupils to identify, access, interpret and utilise valid and current information that is relevant to them, including the appropriate use of information technology, e.g., social media and web-based information sources.

Careers Education:

  • Facilitate career-related learning and employability skills activities in groups with young people and adults.
  • Assist, where relevant, with the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the effectiveness of the career guidance programme in achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Quality in Careers Standard.
  • Generate ideas for and create new group work materials, based on client needs.
  • Participate in company-wide careers events such as careers fairs, industry talks, post-16 option evenings, parent evening talks and others throughout the year.

Networking and Advocacy:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with new and existing schools in and around the Peterborough area for the benefit of pupils and the enhancement of the career guidance programme. Job Title: Careers Development Professional Team: Careers Guidance Reports to: Team Leader Level: Level 6 Qualified, Non-managerial position Last reviewed: November 2021
  • Involve parents and carers, where relevant, in the career guidance programme and support provided to their child.
  • Negotiate school Service Level Agreements, where relevant.

What skills, experience and qualifications should you have?

  • Provision of careers education, information, advice and guidance to both young people (14- 19 years old) and adults.
  • Qualified to a minimum of Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development, or equivalent, in Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (DipCG /QCG).
  • Coordination and delivery of virtual and face-to-face one-to-one careers guidance and careers-related group work What else are we looking for?
  • An effective communicator who is open-minded and non-judgemental.
  • Knowledge of local post-16 learning provision and Labour Market Information.
  • Experience of working in a not-for-profit sector would be very beneficial.
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Able to work independently, seeking support where appropriate.
  • Able to organise own workload and meet deadlines.
  • Able to establish excellent working relationships within places of work.
  • Experienced user of Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Willingness to learn and use new systems (e.g., IT) where relevant to the role and scope of work undertaken.
  • Integrity and commitment to the relevant legislation and codes of professional practice e.g., the CDI Code of Ethics and school policies.
  • Abide by all measures to safeguard young people.
  • Reflect on practice and engage in continuous professional development to further develop the skills and knowledge required for professional practice and to keep up to date with developments in the sector.
  • Willingness to travel in and around the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.

The job holder may be expected to carry out other ‘reasonable’ duties that are asked of you besides those associated with your main duties. These duties will be agreed with your line manager.

Working week: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Hours may vary according to events, in rare occasions weekend work may be required. Total hours per week: 37.5. Flexible working and part-time considered.

Reports to: Team Leader

Location: Temporarily working from home and/or 47 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD. Travel to schools will be required.

Salary: £27,000 - £29,500 per annum (depending on experience).

Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining what you would bring to the role 


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