National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.
National Careers Week 2015 runs from 2nd – 6th March 2015. Career Geek are the official blog partner of National Careers Week.
I had a chance to have a quick interview with Janet Colledge, ambassador for National Careers Week 2015. Janet is a qualified teacher with over 15 years experience providing award winning careers education and 25 successful years teaching business studies in schools and colleges throughout London.
Faizan: Janet, how are you supporting National Careers Week 2015?
Janet: I’ve been involved in planning meetings with Barclay’s Lifeskills and CareersInfo.
I’ve been tweeting ideas and promoting NCW2015 via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I’ve also been regularly been including ideas in Careers Education for All Weekly.
Faizan: Why did you chose to get involved in NCW2015?
Janet: I’ve been involved in NCW for a number of years. Firstly as a teacher in a secondary school and then when I became a careers education consultant I became more involved on a strategic basis.
Faizan: NCW2015 has been growing year on year for the past few years – in your view what is driving that growth?
Janet: I think the fantastic energy of Nick Newman is a huge driving force. His hard work has seen it grow from the acorn of an idea into the huge oak that it is today.
Also Barclays sponsorship has helped NCW to grow faster than it would have without it.
Faizan: Thank you Janet for sparing some time from your busy schedule. You are doing some great work with National Careers Week and it was a pleasure doing this interview.
And that’s all folks. Outside of National Careers Week, Janet Colledge is the real life name of @CareersDefender who is a qualified teacher with over 15 years experience providing award winning careers education and 25 successful years teaching business studies in schools and colleges throughout London. She adopted her tongue in cheek Twitter name after a particularly hard time convincing her school’s Senior Leadership Team of the value of careers education, something she passionately believes in.
After studying careers education at Cambridge University, she has spent her time as curriculum lead of careers and work related learning at schools in and around east London. She has collaborated with a number of companies to improve their resources and is currently chief careers education consultant with Outstanding Careers, working with staff in various schools and organisations to improve the quality of their CEAIG provision.
She also blogs, presents and writes for various organisations specialising in the management and provision of CEIAG in the 11-19 sector.
Find all ambassadors of National Careers Week.