FUTUREWISE is a career guidance and planning programme that supports young people from age 15 to 23 to explore their career aspirations and make informed decisions about their future both in the UK and internationally.

How does FUTUREWISE work?

FUTUREWISE helps students to learn about themselves and make informed decisions about subjects, routes to higher education, alternative pathways, future employment, and careers. Ultimately, helping them to build towards their goals.

FUTUREWISE has teamed up with TARGETcareers, whose mission is to help young people make choices about their future by providing expert information and advice on the range of career possibilities available. Together, we can offer over a 100 years’ experience of supporting students through their career journey from subject choices to their chosen career path.

You can find FUTUREWISE on www.targetcareers.co.uk

FUTUREWISE programme includes

  • Psychometric profiling: FUTUREWISE begins with psychometric profiling; designed to identify abilities, aptitudes, personality traits and interests. Students of all academic abilities are able to complete the profile.
  • Personal report: following profiling students receive a detailed report. The results are presented in a series of graphs, tables and easy-to-read reports. The report concludes by identifying a number of career paths based upon the students' profile results and subsequent further research.
  • Guidance interview: FUTUREWISE members receive an interview with a level 6 qualified career guidance professional to discuss their profile report and academic and vocational aspirations. During this guidance interview, students have the opportunity to talk through the outcomes and identify their next steps, actions and research.
  • FUTUREWISE dashboard: provides students with an excellent opportunity to further explore their report results, research universities, higher education and career options. The personalised student web pages have many interactive tools including a personal statement builder.
  • FUTUREWISE activities: These activities are designed to help students understand and navigate TARGETcareers FUTUREWISE. Each activity will encourage the progressive use of TARGETcareers FUTUREWISE to support career planning and decision making. Each activity is designed to be used individually, in tutorials or in careers/PSHE lessons.
  • Degree Explorer: the online questionnaire will help students explore the subjects they are interested in and narrow down their degree course choices. Once they have a final list they can read more about the courses and the careers they can lead to and/or link directly to our university search tool.
  • Careers Helpline Team: FUTUREWISE offers a professional information, advice and guidance helpline to students, schools and parents who have career enquiries.
  • Career guidance resources: FUTUREWISE students will have access to up-to-date careers and higher education content developed by a dedicated team. Such as subject guides, alternatives to university, making the most of work experience, how to prepare for interviews and assessment centres and many more!
  • Career Insight events: FUTUREWISE students will have direct access to employers through career insight events, internships as well as information about apprenticeship and school leaver schemes. Discounts are available for FUTUREWISE students.

Psychometric profiling

The psychometric assessments used in FUTUREWISE are similar to those used by leading universities and graduate recruiters. The psychometric assessments look beyond just academic achievements to the skills needed in the workplace to form an invaluable tool to support career guidance programmes.

  • Reasoning Tests: The reasoning test measures a student’s numerical, verbal, abstract and memory attention abilities. This format is most commonly used by prospective employers which give students a real-life experience and a chance to practice. They are Registered Tests which means that they have been reviewed by the professional body (the British Psychological Society) and meet the standards required of good assessment tests.
  • Personality Questionnaire (TDI): We all have preferences and a style that characterises us. Whilst this can change over time, understanding our preferences not only helps us to make better choices but also suggests the kinds of work environments to which we may be more attracted. The careers guidance session is instrumental in helping to uncover these less obvious suggestions and to throw up interesting surprises for further exploration. The TDI has been carefully developed and reviewed by the British Psychological Society and has Registered Test status.
  • Career Interests Inventory (CII): There has been a lot of research into how career interests map onto the world of work. Our use of the CII enables us to capture a student's current thinking and to translate this into the six broad areas of interest which help to identify possible jobs. The purpose is to narrow the job search from thousands to hundreds which encourages exploration in a more focused way.
  • Career suggestions: Many factors influence what a person will want to do as a career. The three types of assessments (ability, personality and interest) identify jobs from different perspectives and also combine to produce some overall suggestions. These will help guide students in a direction for exploration.

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  • Futurewise

    My interview really helped me recognise what options I have when I leave school... and has given me a boost for the future.

    Student, Morpeth School

    I really enjoyed how professional my guidance discussion was, as it made me feel more like an adult. It has opened my mind about my future in a positive way.

    Student, International School Hilversum

    Inspiring Futures delivered an excellent half-day enterprise workshop. which fully engaged and entertained the students. A memorable and worthwhile educative experience. Inspiring Futures really listened to what we needed and took my somewhat half formed ideas and created something special for the students.

    Head of Careers, ACS Cobham