How to keep students engaged in and excited about future planning

How can you motivate students to take an interest in planning for their future, especially during these unsettling times? We offer some smart tips to prepare your students to become future-ready.

Schools and colleges around the world are increasingly becoming aware of the need to equip students with the necessary 21st century skills they need to become future-ready.

This is partly because many employers are speaking up about the lack of work-ready school leavers entering the job market. This challenge is compounded by the fact that students are discouraged with what they perceive is a disconnect between what they learn in the classroom and ‘real life.’

In a report conducted by the CBI entitled Getting young people ‘work ready’, 44% of employers surveyed felt young people leaving school, college or university were not work-ready. And these findings are mirrored by young people themselves with almost 1 in 4 feeling inadequately prepared by their education for the world of work.

In an effort to provide solutions to calls for personalised learning as well as to engage students on their terms as digital natives, many schools and colleges are purchasing edtech software solutions to augment their education programmes.

Edtech software can offer more opportunities for students to connect what they are learning with real-world challenges. After all, many students become more engaged in learning when they can see how and where they’ll apply that knowledge.

If schools are planning to invest in career planning and future-readiness software, it is worth checking to ensure the software is truly engaging to both educators and students.

Here are a few tips to help you ensure your investment doesn’t go to waste!


1. Introduce a whole school approach to career planning

Start with Year 7. Students in this year group will either have a general idea of what career path they would like to pursue or they may be aware they have certain skills they enjoy using but have no idea how these skills could be utilised in a future profession.

By introducing career planning and future-readiness software to students early on, when they are just beginning to think about their career options, educators can keep students engaged and motivated.

The quicker your students build an affinity with your program, the better their experiences throughout the rest of their education. You can be confident that your approach to providing careers education is appropriate for all of your students, right the way through from Year 7 to Year 13.

Our career planning and future-readiness programs are online and easily accessible for students learning remotely.

They can point students in the direction of certain careers they may be interested in based on their likes and dislikes.

Within the programs, students can complete a range of assessments to help them better understand their unique interests, skills, and strengths. These assessments are great for setting as activities to keep your students motivated and on track while they learn from home.

Each engaging assessment encourages reflection, helping students connect who they are with relevant career options.

Students can also explore hundreds of career, college, university and apprenticeship options that align with their assessment results.

Our programs offer students access to real-world interviews with people in their fields of interest, providing an authentic glimpse into their future and the critical knowledge to make informed decisions and plans.


2. Get educators on board

Before the students can even begin to use an online career planning and future-readiness program, teachers must be prepared to utilise it on a consistent basis. 

Introducing new technology, or even replacement technology, to colleagues can be unsettling. Get them on board as early as possible by showing them examples of other schools that have implemented similar software successfully. 

Ease their minds by letting them know that they will receive training on the software before it’s implemented. They can even familiarise themselves with the new technology remotely at home–an ideal opportunity to collate any questions prior to the scheduled training. 

Talk to your colleagues about the importance of using the latest technology to appeal to students. Explain to them that the smart way to combat the 21st-century challenge of engaging students is to use a 21st-century solution. Since technology is practically woven into the DNA of Generation Z, an online career planning and future-readiness program is almost a no-brainer.

Once your colleagues are on board and excited about using the software, they are more likely to help students engage with the program as well.


3. Cater to all possible pathways but help the student to work out the best options for them

Providing your students with the right online career planning and future-readiness program can be the catalyst that inspires them to explore academic and vocational pathways that best suit their needs. 

Not every student will want to go to college or university, many may already be willing and able to join the workforce. Nowadays, there are a variety of occupations available for students to pursue straight out of secondary school.

By implementing career planning and future-readiness software in your school, you can keep your students engaged and excited about future planning and ensure you are addressing the needs of each and every individual. 


4. Find the right career planning and future-readiness program

Not all online career planning and future-readiness tools are equal. Make sure you do your research to assess the right program for your school before you decide to introduce it to colleagues and students. 

Many software programs fail in schools because the user interface is too difficult to manage for either the teacher, students, or both. 

It is imperative that when you decide to implement a career planning and future-readiness tool within your school, you ensure the solution is helping students prepare for the world of work. 

The right career planning and future-readiness program will not only help students understand their skills and abilities, as well as their likes and dislikes, but will also open their eyes to the many possible career paths they didn’t even know they could pursue. 

With the right online program, you are sure to keep students engaged and excited about future planning–no matter whether they find themselves exploring the world of work at home with parents or back in the classroom!