I get this, no-one wants to be reminded that there is a future and that they have to engage with it, it’s uncertain, and its going to take some hard work and possibly some knockbacks.
I also get that careers advice before University can be sketchy at best, often entirely absent or just downright inadequate. Yet EVERYONE remembers it. AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY!
So we are battling against the image of something that is scary and something that could be pretty bad. OH GREAT!
So let’s re-brand, change the name, change our image and completely fool everyone that it’s a new sexy thing that they have never encountered before and that they want to engage with it and make it part of their life.
So how many of you out there have changed your name, only to find that when people ring up the first thing they ask is ” is that the Careers Service?” Facepalm!
Careers Service, Careers and employability, Career development centre, etc etc etc WHATEVER you want to call it our users aren’t stupid they know a Careers Service when they see one.
So I’m torn – do you re-name it or reinvent it?
If you can make this “Future planning – career – thing” something that everyone wants to be involved in a that’s obviously a good idea. This needs some kind of engagement strategy and possibly some kind of stick to make people do it (the carrots clearly are not working!)
If you can make everyone take responsibility for their actions and take action earlier – then perhaps you don’t need so much Career Service type intervention at University? This needs a change in education generally!
So who will teach young people how to navigate the unchartered waters of the internet and to differentiate good advice from bad. If it’s not going to happen at school then it still becomes an issue once at University and who is going to deal with that? Oh I guess that would be the Careers Service. #circularargument
So there we have it back to the same dilemma!
There are so many issues to contend with is what you call it really the biggest issue?
Careers & proud!
Building a good reputation with satisfied customers is generally agreed to be the best thing to build your brand in a commercial environment.
Your brand is CAREERS don’t throw it away. Make it visible so that students associate a good experience with your brand. If they choose to use other providers of careers information or advice it is their choice – but we can try to make our offer visible and accessible and attractive.
The down side of this is if you succeed how will you cope with the extra demand?
*No answers & no magic bullets included in this post – just some musings!