Testimonials

“Careers4u tv has been an excellent resource for us as part of our virtual careers library on our intranet. The short clips are engaging and fit easily into a tutorial period as the starting point for discussions about new types of jobs. It has the largest range of new jobs that I have seen on any website. Most teachers only know about teaching so it’s excellent for them to increase their occupational knowledge as well. Before Careers4u tv the video clips available were often very out of date and dreary, but now the pupils are engaged and interested. We know that well over a thousand pages were looked at in a year here which is amazing and shows just how much the pupils appreciate it, and we view this as money very well spent!”

Michele Smith Head of Careers and Aspiration,Kennet School (Jan 2015)

 

Careers4u.tv is essential as the videos it contains offer “the facts” without glamourising the careers (as many professional associations do in their promotional videos). Real professionals are interviewed who can speak with a passion for their work but still give the reality of the “pros and cons”. I strongly recommend my clients to watch these and to try to imagine themselves in that role, doing that job … how does it feel? If, after watching a video, they find that the career is not for them, it has saved them valuable time by not pursuing it further. If the career still appeals, then the client can continue to research the career and organise work experience…. it offers young people a glimpse of the world of work in a safe, non-threatening way.

Ann Lord (May 2013) Read how Ann uses Careers4u.tv in the ‘Career Development process’.

What the Press say

Career Matters (CDI)

January 2014 – Careers4u.tv ‘Working with Art’ DVD
(one of the ‘Working with …’ series of 10 DVDs each relating to a different subject)

‘The DVD consists of five short interviews with people who use art in their work. What really stood out for me is the tenacity demonstrated by these indiviuals; a majority of them had undertaken some form of voluntary work, networking or a residency to gain their current role. Although this is advice we share I think when it comes from those working in the sector it becomes much more tangible and therefore concrete for students. Another interesting point I will take from it is the usefulness of science subjects in some roles, namely conservation officer and video games artist in this DVD. This is a small but potentially useful snippet of information that I can share with students who are able at science but also have creative passion… It was a tricky decision deciding which of the ten ‘Working with’ DVDs to review; I would like to have watched them all.’ Read full review.

School Librarian

June 2012 – Careers4u.tv website

‘Apprenticeships, professions and entrepreneurship are all in evidence here with a balanced gender mix… This resource will fit well alongside directories and databases in the careers section to be used as an opportunity to breathe life into careers research… The site is very easy to navigate…Exploring is facilitated through a number of categories: Favourite subjects, Qualifications, Industry Sector, Personal Strengths and Lifestyle …. This is a useful and attractive resource which would enhance the careers provision in any school.’ Read full review.

Careers Guidance Today (ICG)

June 2012 – Careers4u.tv website

‘From the horse’s mouth’ is an overworked expression, but aptly sums up what you have here. This is a pay site but what you get is a comprehensive library of video interviews with young workers and entrepreneurs across a massive range of job categories. Many are in their mid twenties so you can really see what all the training is worth.

Where this site really scores is not just in the quality and interest value of the videos, but also on the searches. You can search by qualifications, favourite subject and lifestyle as well as by business type and industry sector. Parents and teachers also get their own sections. One not to miss!

ACEG Newsletter

February 2011 – Careers4u.tv website
The technical quality of the film clips is excellent and the dialogue with the individuals is well paced and structured. Many have the individual talking with their workplace in the background and show short clips of them at work, using equipment etc but this is limited as the viewer needs to be able to concentrate on what the individual is saying, to get the most from the resource. Many refer to subjects at school that they enjoyed, and that they now use in their work, and all refer to general employability skills and qualities which are important. Some also refer to other related work roles with which they work. All the individuals speak enthusiastically about their work and are able to explain either a project they are working on, or something they particularly like about the job, in a very accessible way, even though some of the roles are very technical.

What Careers Advisors say

Careers4u.tv is essential as the videos it contains offer “the facts” without glamourising the careers (as many professional associations do in their promotional videos). Real professionals are interviewed who can speak with a passion for their work but still give the reality of the “pros and cons”. I strongly recommend my clients to watch these and to try to imagine themselves in that role, doing that job … how does it feel? If, after watching a video, they find that the career is not for them, it has saved them valuable time by not pursuing it further. If the career still appeals, then the client can continue to research the career and organise work experience…. it offers young people a glimpse of the world of work in a safe, non-threatening way.

Ann Lord (May 2013)  Read how Ann uses Careers4u.tv in the ‘Career Development process’.

“A great resource for students … Keep up the good work!”

       Nicky Gordon (June 2013)

I found it really helpful to have a search for jobs by things like temperaments and lifestyles.

Sarah Wald (Nov 2011)

My background is in Executive Search and for the last 12 months I have been a Careers advisor in the Careers department at Chelmsford College. I also deliver Careers presentations in my childrens school. I quite often help students I know, with their subject choices at A level, CV guidance and post grad job search applications.
The videos are helpful, informative and realistic.
Regards

Patricia Hyslop (Nov 2010)

What Teachers say

I have spent some time looking at the film clips and site as promised and I have to say it looks superb. I don’t think it is biased in any way and I like the gender stereotyping section under 4Teachers. I have looked at lots of clips and I like the fact that you have included the qualifications as well as links to the person’s employer. A lot of our students ask what qualifications they require to go into certain occupational areas so this is really informative. One thing I was delighted to see on careers4u was the section in explore by favourite subject. Lots of students choose subjects they enjoy or are good at but have no idea where they may lead in the future so this is excellent. As you expand so will the subjects. We now have this installed on our school VLE and I will be promoting it to both students, parents and teachers over this coming summer term.

Frances Keaveney (April 2011)

What the Bloggers say

JOB MARKET SUCCESS (Clare Whitmell’s blog)

September 2012

‘Careers4U.tv is a great idea – especially at a time when careers services are being cut across the country. It’s a collection of videos of young people working in a huge range of jobs. They talk about why they chose that career, how their career has progressed, plus tips on how to get started.’

Pearson Education Inspired Learning Blog

July 2012

‘Careers4U is a great website that I stumbled across recently, that I think would be really useful for anyone who is thinking about a career, or gaining some work experience to help you decide what you want to do in the future. It’s essentially a YouTube for careers… There are some fascinating jobs out there – many that I’d never heard of or could have imagined would ever exist!’ Read full review.

What Parents say

Hats off to your interviewees for their frankness.

Robin Knight

“A great idea … I wish I’d known about it when our children were making plans.”

Dr Bill Price

“Our daughter got some great ideas about jobs she had never known existed. She’s now applying to study Business Studies with a view to working in food manufacturing, maybe as a product developer.”

Janine Goodwell

“With university fees rocketing it was interesting to see what apprentices were saying ….and good to have some useful links to get further information.”

Tom Hudson

“We were told Careers4u.tv is a good site and we were not disappointed. So many sensible ways of finding appropriate interviews – most of which give excellent realistic information. It gave us a much better understanding of all the opportunities out there.”

Sue Gardner

What Teenagers say

It’s good the information is given by young people – you can trust them!” – Katie (GCSE student)

“I liked the good day, bad day questions – it seemed real” – Lisa (aged 14)
“Really easy to use… Loads of great clips for engineering careers.” – Tom (A-level student)

What Older Users say

“It looks great, and me and my partner were actually inspired by some of the videos! I think it is a really worthwhile and useful website!” – Dominic (aged 25)

What Sector Skills Councils say

Today I watched the whole thing through and was very impressed.  I thought that the style was appealing and the range of jobs you managed to get were very good and a fair reflection of public services.  I thought the people were good, the questions were great and even the fact that you managed to get a really good mix of accents in there is a plus point.  It was especially good to get the bit in about Apprenticeships with the museum example.

Rowena Thomassin-Timms
Skills for Justice

I’m very pleased that our ambassadors have been able to help you in your project, and Jane Davies from the National Heritage Training Group has also spoken very highly of your work so ConstructionSkills is only too pleased to be a part of it!

Nathaniel Cooke
Contracts Coordinator, IAG
ConstructionSkills

We felt the DVD clips were a very good source of information for learners for further discussion that could be lead by an informed Hair and Beauty Careers adviser. We felt the clips allowed learners an understanding of some of the breadth of opportunity within the Hair and Beauty Sector, highlighting some very specific fascinating job roles and opportunities that could be potentially available to them

The Beauty Therapy clip was particularly good as it really explained the qualifications required and the different opportunities for training and career development within the Beauty Therapy industry

We also like the use of the self employment angle within the Barbering clips, as the majority of businesses within the Hair and Beauty sector are single or micro enterprises.

Caroline Larissey
HABIA DDP Project Lead

What an Employer says

I showed it to some internal people yesterday and they absolutely love it.
Can we use it on our website?

Airbus

What our Interviewees say

  • I loved doing it.  Thank you very much –  Natasha (theatre apprentice)
  • I would love a copy of the DVD to show my family – Ian (self-employed designer craftsman)
  • Really pleased with the results – Rhiannon (Airbus engineer)
  • Was my pleasure – Dominic (Mme Tussauds events organiser)
  • Thanks for the opportunity to discuss my business and get some experience in front of the camera – Aden  (IT business entrepreneur)
  • Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part, I enjoyed it even though it was a little
    scary – Radeea  (apprentice at Job Centre Plus)

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