| What works

Outside of work experience, careers events are the employer-led careers activity most participated in by young people in the UK. But what does the evidence say about these events? 

This report presents the evidence on the operation and impact of careers events held in UK schools and colleges. 

There is a evidence of improved employment outcomes for young people taking part in careers events, for wage premiums and reduced chance of being Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). Careers events with employers can have a positive impact on employability skills and educational engagement. 

Studies suggest that careers talks are 'consistently effective' and that the careers carousel appears to be the most effective activity for supporting students. A careers carousel is a speed networking event involving a rotating group of students and volunteers from business. 

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In the report you will find:

Introduction
Introducing the issues facing the world of work and current policy and practice. 

What are careers events?
Describing careers talks, careers carousels, speed networking and careers/job fairs. 

What impacts do careers events have?
Exploring the evidence around the impact of these events on things like NEET, employability and educational outcomes.

What are the lessons for practice?
How can careers events be designed and organised for the greatest impact?

Comparison between careers events
The different types of events are considered in more detail, including the most effective careers carousel.  

Developing the evidence base
Highlighting key areas for future work into this area. 

Download report [PDF]

Executive summary [PDF]

Video: watch the webinar