Life And Career Coaching Blog – Lesley Strachan

We are letting Britain’s young people down

Informal encounters and random acts of kindness from employers, mentors and volunteers alone will not solve much needed careers guidance for Britain’s young people

At exam results time there is always a frenzy of careers support activities in schools and colleges across England. Many institutions will be doing their best to guide students to make last minute decisions based on their results. But the current careers support system in England is broken with too much reliance on informality and hard-to-navigate information. There has been a serious de-professionalisation of careers work in England’s schools, with young people and families missing out on vital information and support.

A national survey of students’ views on careers work in England’s schools (i) describes careers education and young people’s engagement with careers information as both “patchy and patterned by social injustices” (p.3). Careers work in schools is not reaching those most in need. To learn about the world of work and find a first job, many young people rely on informal and family connections. But for children living in workless households (1.3 million, equal to more than 10% of all children across the UK) these valuable informal networks may simply not exist (ii). And for many more they may offer only a restricted or out-of-date picture of possibilities. For young people themselves, informal connections and networks tend to be built up over time and through experience of work.

Having more inspirational activities for young people in schools and colleges with exposure to employers and mentors is a good thing. Organisations such as Young Enterprise, Business in the Community, the National Careers Service, Careers and Enterprise Company, Job Centre Plus, education business partnerships and national charities are all working to this similar end. Inspiration is high on the government’s agenda. But is this enough to help inform and support young people on the full range of options available to them? Informal encounters and random acts of kindness from employers, mentors and volunteers alone will not solve much needed careers support for Britain’s young people. This approach is only part of the solution.

For the last five years, schools have had to fund careers guidance from their overall budget when the £200 million dedicated budget was withdrawn from local authorities. For many, this has proved extremely challenging and further cuts are on the horizon. The National Audit Office (2016) indicates that schools in England must reduce spending by 8per cent per pupil by 2020 (iii), it is likely that careers guidance is in danger of dropping even further down the list of priorities.

But youngsters need to know, for example, there will be more job openings in future for those with skills. By 2024 there are expected to be about 1.8 million more jobs in the UK than in 2014. But growth is likely be strongest for highly-qualified roles where there already skill shortages. (iv) Almost half of all employment (47%) is set to be in managerial, professional, or associate professional and technical jobs by 2024. The other area of employment growth is forecast to be caring and personal service jobs (a 13% rise is expected over the period to 2024). Job openings here too call for different and better levels of skills – such as communications skills – from those required by many traditional jobs.

Also, technological change will reduce the number of low-skilled jobs. The number of openings for process, plant and machine operators and administrative roles will all fall over the coming years. By 2024, only 2% of those in employment are likely to hold no formal qualifications. (v) Portfolio working and ‘the gig economy’ is becoming increasingly popular as more individuals trade on their skills and experiences. To achieve awareness on this scale, it is vital that high-quality impartial careers guidance is made available to all young people.

Student choices and decisions are increasingly complicated. Education and apprenticeship reforms inevitably have immediate and longer-term financial implications. Student debt is on the increase. The proportion of youngsters from disadvantaged families who leave university after their first year has reached the highest level for five years. (vi) Among those successfully securing apprenticeships only 22% report receiving good or very good advice from school or college. Shockingly, 5% got no advice at all and many more are getting poor advice – nearly 40% of apprentices say the advice they got was bad or very bad. (vii)

The track record in this country on careers support for young people is far below what is needed, with too much reliance on informality and hard-to-navigate information. The government’s long-awaited national careers strategy, including young people’s entitlement to careers guidance, must address this issue.

As a career coach I’ve known about the lack of support students get and have been working with many students in Higher Education using the Jack Canfield methodology to inspire and motivate students towards a career they will be engaged with and make progress in. Read all about one group I’ve just finished working with, the results are amazing and I am so happy for them.

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH & Associates Ltd, Associate Fellow, University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research (IER)

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References:

  1. Moote, , & Archer, L.(2017). Failing to deliver? Exploring the current status of career education provision in England, Research Papers in Education, London. This research draws on data collected from over 13,000 Year 11 students aged 15/16 years and in-depth longitudinal interviews conducted with 70 students from this cohort (aged from 10 to 16 years).
  2. See: Working and workless households in the UK: Jan to Mar 2017, ONS.
  3. National Audit Office. (2016, December 14). Government schools budget cuts.
  4. Working Futures 2014-2024: evidence report 100, UKCES, April 2016.
  5. Office for Fair Access (2017) Official data shows that in 2014-15, 8.8% of young, full-time, disadvantaged undergraduates did not continue in higher education beyond their first year – up from 8.2% the year before. By comparison, in 2014-15, less than 5% of those from the wealthiest backgrounds did not continue their studies.
  6. Possibly the best career route in the world? Industry Apprentice Council, July 2017

How to achieve your goals in one easy step

Whether you aspire to become a millionaire or move to a new city, change your career, get out of debt, help your child choose a career, or do some good in the world – the best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind so you’re always looking for new ways to achieve them.

A vision board is the perfect tool to help you with just that.

As a Jack Canfield coach, we all work with people all over the world to achieve their goals. Here’s everyone from one of Jack’s events in Scottsdale, Arizona last week.

At the Vision Board Party, some students had goals of getting their dream job or increasing their wealth. These ambitions are all very possible with the help of a vision board, no matter how old you are. In fact, most people don’t know this about Jack, but he didn’t earn his first million-dollar check until he was 51 years old. You might have different goals – I do.

I attribute part of my incredible success to the many vision boards I’ve created over the years. Adding this visualization practice to my daily routine has made me more motivated to reach my goals and guaranteed that my dreams are in my awareness as I set my intentions each day. My vision board is right next to my PC and gets looked at several times a day. The weird thing is that over half the things on my board have come to fruition and I guess it’s because what I want is always at the forefront of my mind.

I’m now looking to work with groups of people from age 10 to infinity to produce their own vision boards. Do you know a group who might be interested?

To get the ball rolling why attend my FREE webinar here, register here today and then work on your own vision board for you and/or your child.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

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A great opportunity for Entrepreneurs

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What a great event we just had with Start-Up Disruptors last Wednesday.

Start-Up Disruptors is for:

How to Start Your Own Business · Thinking of Starting Your Own Company · Women Business Owners · Start a business · How to start a business · Entrepreneur Networking · Marketing · Business · Small Business · Women Entrepreneurs · Start-Up Businesses · Business Start-Up · Technology Start-Ups · Internet Start-Ups · Professional Networking.

We meet in a pub; the atmosphere is relaxed, informal and supportive and very different from many other networking events I’ve been to. We all get a slot to introduce ourselves and what we do and then there is loads of time to chat to whoever you want to.

What I value the most is the opportunity for anyone to discuss a problem that they are experiencing in their business and “ask” other people in the network for help. In my case I want to get in front of education boards, boards of governors, parent teachers associations, careers advisers, teacher training days (inset days) and can do some workshops with young people and do some underpinning research.

I want to do this because over 50% of students I teach and coach have no idea why they are at college or university which makes their choice of degree subject and their commitment to learning less effective. Many young people are also concerned about not finding a job, with young women being most worried (http://www.independent.co.uk)

I’ve been doing life and career coaching with young people for 14 years to focus on what they really, really want to do in life and I help them achieve their goals and aspirations. These young people are visibly more passionate about their learning because they have an end goal in mind. It works for adults as well.

Watch the video above which shows some of my students who were asked to come to an event in 2026. At this event, they met up with each again and swapped stories about how successful they’ve been and how they have achieved their goals using The Jack Canfield Methodology…the results are priceless.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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Are you frustrated, overwhelmed and overloaded with all the information available about career options?

Are you a parent/carer/head of school or academic who is frustrated, overwhelmed and overloaded with all the so-called information available about career options?

And then try to decide what’s best?

Hi, my name is Lesley Strachan and I help people get from where they are now to where they want to be.

Over 50% of students I teach have no idea why they are at college or university which makes their choice of degree subject and their commitment to learning less effective. The majority of young people are also concerned about not finding a job, with young women being most worried (http://www.independent.co.uk)

I’ve been working with young people for 14 years to focus on what they really, really want to do in life and I help them achieve their goals and aspirations. These young people are visibly more passionate about their learning because they have an end goal in mind. It works for adults as well.

Watch this video which shows some of my students who were asked to come to an event in 2026. At this event, they met up with each again and swapped stories about how successful they’ve been and how they have achieved their goals using The Jack Canfield Methodology…the results are priceless.

Also, if they don’t put in the work we immediately cancel the coaching because I don’t want to waste my time either. Would you like you or your child to work with us to get you the results you want?

Why not get further information by registering and attending our FREE webinar

If this is something you’re interested in and want to get started straight away, just contact me via the website

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO JUMP START YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE CAREER? OR YOURS?

Would you like to jump start your child’s future career? Or yours?

We believe that young people are not getting the amount of support they should have to help them make great decisions about the subjects they choose to study. This in turn impacts on their future career choices. This becomes even more important as students go through college and university where over 50% of university students I have taught have no idea of what they want to do with their lives.

So, how can you help your child jump start their career choices?

That’s easy to answer – register and attend this FREE webinar. Here’s what you’ll get from the webinar:

Through our proven system, we’ll jump start your child’s career choices so that they’re more excited about learning because they have an end goal in mind.

In the webinar you’ll get an award-winning coach that will help you and your child to tune into the life they want to live.

·         Proven system used by the world’s most successful people

·         Certified Trainers to inspire and motivate you

·         Worksheets to help you test, tweak and refine what your child wants

·         Would you like to work with us for FREE in the webinar to get the results you want?

Here’s what happens:

Based on what your child wants from life (we establish that as well) I’ll help your child to make strategic changes to the way they think so that they’ll be more focused on their future career and life – all while they learn to take 100% responsibility and get passionate about what they want. You can help them to do this by going through the process yourself!

The unfortunate reality of being a successful person is that it takes time to test, tweak and refine various elements of their future to optimise them for continued success yet this FREE webinar will get you and your child inspired and passionate about their future careers.

This webinar is suitable for mature young people, parents and carers, teachers, heads of schools/colleges/universities and career guidance advisers.

So, why not try my proven strategies to help anyone decide what they really, really want…Be curious, register for the FREE webinar NOW!

That’s an added bonus when you attend the webinar as well but you won’t get it until you’ve attended the webinar.

 

 

 

Simulations Powering Learning Revolutions

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The 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Learning Technology, taking place 5 – 7 September 2017, University of Liverpool, UK, will bring together practitioners, researchers and policy makers from across sectors. Together we will chart the development of Learning Technology from isolated islands of ‘innovation’ to becoming the new norm – and the challenges this entails for staff and learners alike. We will explore how we move from individual innovation to institutional integration at scale.

Conference themes:

  • Empowerment in Learning Technology: supporting students through staff/student partnerships, students as influencers, developing skills and supporting staff at all levels;
  • Learning Spaces: impact of Learning Technology on the physical and the virtual, strategies for enabling innovation, effectively managing change;
  • Moving from the practical to the ‘publishable’: reporting from the forefront of innovation and research, policy and strategy fit (or not) for what’s ahead, sharing practice and scaling up Learning Technology through large-scale institutional projects;
  • At the forefront of innovation: ethical implications of ‘data’ for learning and teaching, making use of data in assessment, the hype around AI, machine learning and learning analytics and what’s beyond;
  • Wildcard: you are free to contribute any aspect of your research, practice or policy work.

As innovators and pioneers ourselves Venture Simulations will be attending because we have a sophisticated on-line business simulation called SimVenture Evolution which allows people to set up, manage and grow a virtual company whilst learning about business and entrepreneurial leadership. Users make decisions in all key business areas and respond to consequences and specific activities. Using the ‘Control Tower’ within Evolution, tutors/trainers set tasks, observe, manage and assess work in class or remotely.

As a multi-platform content-rich simulation, Evolution engages users in problem-based, experiential learning at a deeper level allowing theory and practice to combine. Since the technology has been developed for education and corporate sector training, Evolution enhances both undergraduate and postgraduate employability skill development, as well as supporting people whose business is starting or scaling up.

Comprehensive Support for HEIs

The team responsible for developing Evolution is recruiting an expanding team of Learning and Development Managers (LDMS) to support the planned integration of Evolution into HEIs. All LDMS have many years’ experience teaching within universities as well as in the corporate sector, typically at a senior level.

Rather than just provide one-off product training to tutors, LDMS are available year-round to work with a department or team within your institution. This support allows the technology to be embedded and integrated into required programs/modules and helps ensure: planned and highly competent teaching; improvement in overall student experience; enhanced TEF performance; completion of meaningful research into use of new technology in teaching; cross university partnerships; and development of programs to foster support for associated start-up and scale-up businesses.

LDMS can provide all the following services:

  • Integration and mapping of Evolution Scenarios to Modules/Programs
  • Setup of Simulation for Students and Staff
  • Provision of Accounts for all Students and Staff
  • Launch of Evolution at the start of a Module/Program
  • On-site Delivery to Students including head-to-head competitions
  • Staff Training (on-site and on-line)
  • Impact Research Survey Design
  • Impact Research Data Collection
  • Advice on Research Journal Articles
  • Advice on Partnering with other HEIs
  • Mid and End of Term site visits

If you’re going to the conference let’s have a coffee and a chat. Tweet me @strachan_lesley

Lesley Strachan

Learning and Development Manager

Learning and Teaching Fellow| Senior Fellow HEA| MCIM| DipMgmt(Open)| MBA

Simulations Powering Learning Revolutions

www.simventure.co.uk

lesley.strachan@simventure.co.uk

Office:  01757 248168

11 ways to help you embed technology into your curriculum

I want to introduce you to SimVenture Evolution which is a sophisticated on-line business simulation allowing people to setup, manage and grow a virtual company whilst learning about business and entrepreneurial leadership. Users make decisions in all key business areas and respond to consequences and specific activities. Using the ‘Control Tower’ within Evolution, tutors/trainers set tasks, observe, manage and assess work in class or remotely.

As a multi-platform content-rich simulation, Evolution engages users in problem-based, experiential learning at a deeper level allowing theory and practice to combine. Since the technology has been developed for education and corporate sector training, Evolution enhances both undergraduate and postgraduate employability skill development, as well as supporting people whose business is starting or scaling up.

Comprehensive Support for HEIs

The team responsible for developing Evolution is recruiting an expanding team of Learning and Development Managers (LDMS) which now includes me to support the planned integration of Evolution into HEIs. All LDMS have many years’ experience teaching within universities as well as in the corporate sector, typically at a senior level. I myself have had over 10 years of experience teaching SimVenture in HE and have published journal articles on the effectiveness of the simulation as a learning and teaching tool. As a learning and development manager for SimVenture I’m currently working with Universities to embed and co-deliver learning in order to enhance the student and staff experience because I am passionate about both.

Rather than just provide one-off product training to tutors, LDMS are now available year-round to work with a department or team within your institution. This support allows the technology to be embedded and integrated into required programs/modules and helps ensure: planned and highly competent teaching; improvement in overall student experience; enhanced TEF performance; completion of meaningful research into use of new technology in teaching; cross university partnerships; and development of programs to foster support for associated start-up and scale-up businesses.

11 ways our Learning and Development Managers can help you to embed technology into your curriculum:

  1. Integration and mapping of Evolution Scenarios to Modules/Programs
  2. Setup of Simulation for Students and Staff
  3. Provision of Accounts for all Students and Staff
  4. Launch of Evolution at the start of a Module/Program
  5. On-site Delivery to Students including head-to-head competitions
  6. Staff Training (on-site and on-line)
  7. Impact Research Survey Design
  8. Impact Research Data Collection
  9. Advice on Research Journal Articles
  10. Advice on Partnering with other HEIs
  11. Mid and End of Term site visits

We’re also going to The Association for Learning Technology in Liverpool in September so let me know if you fancy a chat and a coffee!

Why not contact me to set up a meeting? Drop me an email today: lesley.strachan@simventure.co.uk

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Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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10 tips to find out what you want from life

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After working with hundreds of people all over the world, I have come to believe that each of us is born with a unique life purpose.

Identifying, acknowledging, and honouring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do – and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.

For some of us, our life purpose a passion is obvious and clear. We’re born with a set of talents and through persistent practice, we develop our talents into skills.

My son is a prime example. It was clear from the start he was interested in computers and is now in IT and loving it.

Similarly, it was clear to me from the age of 8 that I was destined to teach/coach. I recall that I had the local kids in our garden shed with a blackboard and I can’t remember now what I taught but I do remember being passionate about learning and teaching. I’ve gotten off course several times but always seem to find my back to my natural talents.

For some people, though, it’s not as easy to identify a passion. You may even have asked yourself at one point or another:

“What should I do with my life?” or “What am I doing with my life?”

Alternatively, you may enjoy what you do, but on deeper exploration, discover that you’re passionate about something altogether different than what you do.

Below I’d like to give you 10 tips to help you find your life passion and true purpose.

  1. Explore the things you love to do and what comes easy to you
  2. Ask yourself what qualities you enjoy expressing the most in the world
  3. Create a life purpose statement (like a mood board) of what you want
  4. Follow your inner guidance system, your own GPS – are you off course? Decide where you do want to go
  5. Be clear about what you want
  6. What are you most passionate about?
  7. Think about the times you’ve felt good – what were you doing?
  8. When was the last time you felt fulfilled?
  9. Align your future goals with your life purpose and passions
  10. Lean into your true-life purpose – do it bit by bit.

You’ve got big dreams and ambitions. Now, it’s time to start acting on them while taking your life to a whole new level.

Here’s an opportunity for you…why not join our FREE webinar series to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. There are 3 in total and the first one is on replay right now, register and watch right now here

https://app.webinarjam.net/register/38431/b50d550fcc

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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We’re helping young people make decisions about the world of work

I was pleased to be able to attend The Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Network meeting this month to get up to speed with what we are all about.

The Solent LEP have partnered with EBP South to work with over 60 secondary schools from across the area and partner each of these with a volunteer Enterprise Adviser to deliver the Enterprise Adviser Network on behalf of The Careers and Enterprise Company in the Solent area.

The Careers & Enterprise Company is an employer-led organisation set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. Its role is to support programmes that work, fill gaps in provision and ensure coverage across the country.

Enterprise Advisers are being recruited from local businesses and organisations and will be working alongside the schools’ senior management teams. The aim of these partnerships is to evaluate the existing careers and enterprise work taking place in the schools and develop activity plans to ensure that the best local provision can be accessed, helping to better prepare their students for the world of work.

I’ve been attached to Great Oaks School in Southampton and am looking forward to working with them. I think my role as a life coach, and business adviser as well as all the experience I have in education will be helpful in this role. My goal is to work with the school to improve their careers and enterprise activities and to have students engage more with the world of work.

At this month’s meeting, we discussed in detail:

  • The changing education landscape and the GCSE reforms currently happening
  • How to engage students with how they can become more employable
  • Reviewing the provision in our schools

It was also great to meet the other Enterprise Advisers and hear about all the great work they are doing in the Solent area. I’m here with my fellow Enterprise Adviser and good friend Becky Lodge from Little Kanga.

Let me know if you want to become an Enterprise Adviser.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|Hampshire|SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley.strachanct1@gmail.com

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What I do – What do you do?

Inquiry form

Hi, I’m Lesley Strachan and I’m passionate about helping people just like you to get you from where you are to where you want to be in life. I want everyone to get more out of life and I will show you how you can do it too.

So, if we met next year what would you like to have changed in your life or career?

We’re all faced with challenges in life – what’s yours right now?

Mine is to make sure I don’t end up on the never ending work treadmill again!

So how can I help you?

 

Helping You To Face Life Changes

My courses are based on 40 years of experience and are particularly powerful for people going through any kind of change in their lives, at home or at work, students at college or university, people wanting to get a job, or to get into the job market and anyone facing challenges in their life however big or small. My aim is to help individuals and business get from where they are to where they want to be using the timeless principles and practices used by the world’s most successful men and women.

My areas of expertise include: coaching, communication, corporate training, education, health and wellness, leadership, personal coaching, personal growth and development, workshops, sales, marketing, young adults, work-life balance.

How I Can Help You

I help people just like you to:

  • rebuild lives during and after divorce, loss, retirement, ’empty nests’, redundancy, injury or illness
  • find your passionate in life
  • take responsibility for what goes on in your life
  • find a career that’s right for you or your kids
  • overcome procrastination
  • make those important decisions in order to move on
  • increase your confidence in public speaking, interviews or for any occasion
  • let go of something that’s bothering you or holding you back
  • be more assertive
  • manage difficult people and relationships – families, social life, & work
  • work through career changes whether voluntary or imposed
  • create a space to create and think about life

I don’t do hard sell because I don’t want to. If I can help you I will, if I can’t I will say so. So, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, complete the attached inquiry form and let’s have a chat. LSCTInquiryForm

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