Podcasts below are an overview on what the world is talking about. They give case on the points I want to make to you. They include:
* deepening our understanding on particular values,
* fed up parents,
* cynical viewpoints on graduates,
* engaging opportunities currently happening (advertising),
* how students pick their careers,
* the career carousel,
Some podcasts are long so I have shown you the minutes of particular importance and written the notes, if you want to take them as final.


The Demand

LBC Radio
A regular elderly lady talks about how the topic of careers is not engaged with young people enough.

LBC Radio
A young boy talking about how choosing his subject areas at an early age worries him. A subtle message that he wants to feel comfortable.

LBC Radio
A talk about careers advisers

BBC Switch Radio
The problem with regular people who give careers advice. I note that the presenter didn't hit the mark with our caller, who was interested in Economics and Physics.



More Demand

BBC Radio 4 - A Novelist Talks
A Novelist (Linda grant – We had it so good)
Just an interesting talk about ambitious students who do not reach their potential. The talk takes a cynical and final approach.
Her book main looks at the movement of life between generations and includes the baby boom generation.
(2.15 - 3.47)

BBC Radio 4
Conversation on education in general – looking at what changes should be made amid problems. Topics include:

  • Giving teachers back their control and inspiration.
  • UK is falling behind in terms of our educational standards and statistics.
  • Foreign language GCSEs
  • True nature of our country
  • Educational attainment in different families
  • League tables

The results of the debate came with:

  • Our students need more technical abilities
  • They need something to aspire to and have opportunities to explore what they know

(11.15 – 22.30)

Point of View - Alan De Botton
This podcast looks at how we need schedule a regular review of our insights since we are swamped with so much information in today's world.
It also explains how wisdom can be found in different contexts of varying importance, and that deepening and refreshing our understanding of a few values is the most important factor.
Overall, the podcast looks at our manner of absorption.
(6.45 - 10.14)

Adults and Professionals talking about students failing
Looks at fed up parents talking and mentions an event on utilising parents as an educational tool

Radio - A biomedical salesman
A cynical ‘point of view’ on graduates and what degrees do for you.



More Demand: The Guardian Careers Talk

Careerstalk - breaking into competitive sectors - law

Talks about how films affect career choices, or in other words, what people value in the job arena.
(26.47 - 30.15)

careerstalk - job hunting using social media
Using LinkedIn to find employers and network online and how employers look at a user's profile...in my interpretation they're looking for engagement and a relationship with companies and looking at an individuals life through what they display. At Focus Anatomy, our students do not nudge employers, but employers seek for a pool of talent through engagement that they have with our students. The portfolio they display are the finalised aspects of their brand (what they stand for!). (17.56 - 22.35)
* an individual talks about the best careers advice he has received. Immediately it would make you feel that more could have been done, so I point this out to you, to show you the extent at which they can give advice and the extent to which students remain curious. We can bridge the gap whatever the students' circumstance. (27.22 - 27.40)

Careerstalk - making the most of university careers service
Careers services are not meeting the needs of students who do not know what they want to do after university.
(14.11 - 14.48)
An example of what a careers service faces:
33% do not know what they want to do
25% lack skills that they need
40% are on track and just want to start working
(14.48 - 16.20)
How to be an employee can be taught in 3 sessions
Good careers advice depends on the careers adviser...
People tend to use careers services online at 2 am in the morning (Important points mentioned in podcast)
A student mentions how she did not know what transferable skills she had until she was confronted with the problem. She says she wished that there was someone who could offer her this course specific careers advice. Some might say that this is of the student's own pursuit, however, I naturally feel that I want to bridge that gap of indifference for young students, students who do not feel that anything has really rocked their boat, after all, the process is based on fantasy (a large part of it).
(18.48 - 19.22)

Careerstalk - what graduate job seekers want vs what employers need
Demand and supply - how graduate ideals are out of tune with what employers want. What causes this?
- Students tend to pick careers that they are familiar with.
- They have a good idea about the kind of person they are.
- Generally, its a curious process and finding out about the reality of jobs is quite hard - so the process is actually based on fantasy
- Psychological contract - the notion of what we can give employers and what we'll get back is usually destroyed for many graduates. Referred to also as the 'Honeymoon period'.
(15.05 - 18.02)
Career crafting - the idea of steering your career into the direction that best suits your talents and skills. As an exmple, they mention how people employed in the same role, same firm, doing very different things.
(18.33 – 19.25)

Careerstalk - should you skip uni and go straight into a job

Skip University - Gap year students are more employable, more confident and more independent.
(6.10 - 7.45)

Careerstalk - breaking into competitive sectors - advertising

Competitive sectors (advertising) - more commercially aware
know where their time is best spent
how much they cost companies
(3.38 - 4.22)
Career carousel - taking side steps, changing your career, to make your career more exciting and embracing of employees. felxible working overseas travel benefits are different embracing of personal passions different perks to a role other than status and pay. A move further away from the 'job for life'.
(4.23 - 5.50)
Set up a challenge for advertising students via Facebook. It was so successful, some students set records to be commended for, one student received venture capitalist money and set up her own business from the challenge - the programme said that the students were interesting, creative and lateral. A great way to test people. The types of people that that gives us. They will continue it and tweak it. We're competing with publishing, the city, the arts for good people. This is exactly what I want from our own engagement activities that we seek to have between students and business, things that help employers look inside the pool of talent in a particular year group of a particular subject - perhaps before the start of graduate schemes -which operate on a similar principle, however their intake is very limited.
(21.40 - 27.25)

Careerstalk - new roles in journalism and how to get them

Journalism - stories of students going overseas to find work experience or actual employment. It sounds very refreshing!
(5.52 - 9.25)
Laura Oliver - Editor of journalism.co.uk
Topic: New roles that are emerging in Journalism.
Why not let them know where else there skills will be useful and might make an impact. She mentions that there should be an updted careers service, that provide more advice on emerging roles beyond that that are already heard of and understood.
I would like to take up this challenge. I would like them to see our database as a good place to make students aware of these new kind of posts to students.
(9.38 - 10.37)
They mention a skill which is more a general life skill. Something that is quite easy to obtain for some but is not supported by current careers advisers or the like. Focus Anatomy want to make these things more common in our students, skills that connect people back to the common touch of people and make their skillset more well-rounded.
(13.20 -14.05)

Careerstalk - Interns - to pay or not pay

Interns - Inspiring interns help graduates get internships and full-time positions. Their procedure involves: meeting candidates, psychometric tests, organising a video cv, helping direct them to their ambitions and to their personalities, meeting them on a daily basis which is an extensive service to help make them fully rounded individuals.
Again, I know my competition. (see 'FAQs' tab question 2 for more information)
(26.20 - 26.57)