Results day with a difference...Why career discovery and exploration should begin early

STUDENTS CASUAL

Today’s the day that students all over the country will be picking up their A-Level/AS level and other results from schools and colleges, only this year we’re seeing a very different picture for our young people. 
 
Due to the current pandemic, all examinations were cancelled earlier this year to ensure the safety of schools, colleges and the wider community. The situation has resulted in a confusing and stressful time for many thousands of students. 

For A and AS levels, Ofqual, the independent exams watchdog, developed a method for calculating grades which considers how well students were expected to do if exams had gone ahead. The latest news suggests that these grades submitted by teachers have now been standardised – to ensure that grades are fair and consistent across the country and in comparison to previous years. 

Standardisation draws on multiple evidence sources, including the previous performance of the year’s students and the historic performance at individual schools and colleges, to determine whether the grades submitted by schools and colleges are more severe or generous than expected.

Students receiving their results today will be one step closer to achieving their future career goals and it’s the same for next week’s GCSE recipients but how prepared are they to take the next steps on their career pathway, into the world of work? 

For students entering high school in September, their career could seem a long way off, and with the skills and attainment gap widening, our students could be preparing for careers that don’t yet exist. 

At Launch Your Career we have taken the leap into advancing career guidance and revolutionising its delivery for young people, reaching them with relatable technology – in virtual reality!
 
Our VR experience takes young people on a journey of discovery, using gamification and our Virtual Interactive Career Training & Apprenticeship Robot – also known as VICTAR – to guide them through the experience. 
 
It increases student engagement, gets them excited about discovering where they could be in the future, and provides them with the opportunity to take control of their learning pathways and route of study for the future. Having a clear path, and an end goal can motivate students to make better choices, work harder and really care about their next steps, fundamentally bringing the reality of a future career, into their world today. 
 
This unique platform benefits all students equally as career discovery is for all ages and all abilities. It can really open up more reserved, disengaged or confused students helping to develop skills they may need to be successful amongst their peers and is available for schools to purchase now in preparation for September. 
 
Students across the UK can also register for our online version LaunchYourCareer.com for FREE, and will be able to access the Personality Quiz, LMI Data, Career Video content and link directly to colleges and courses across the UK all from their personalised student dashboard NOW.  

If you are a school interested in VR and career discovery and exploration, book your live demo with us at educate@devclever.co.uk

At Launch Your Career, we wish all students good luck on their results today, and despite these unprecedented times, would like to encourage them all to be proud of their achievements and look forward to their next steps, whatever they may be.

 

Further Resources: 

UCAS received A-level results directly, with the option to add a ‘clearing choice’ from 3 pm to allow time to investigate all the options. 

UCAS

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