My Future
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How do I find the career and life that’s right for me?

Many of us spend our lives trying to answer that question. We spend endless hours trying to figure out the one perfect answer – or drift from one opportunity to the next, hoping that the path to our ideal future will present itself along the way. But let’s be honest, it can seem pretty daunting to figure out. Where do you even start?

Don’t worry, you’re in safe hands. In this section we’ll be taking a deep dive into your future. We’ll be exploring how you can create a vision for your life, how to turn that into a reality, what careers and opportunities are out there and how to build a toolkit of skills that will improve your chances of success, now and in the future.

This isn’t only about finding the perfect job; this is about building a life that’s right for you. This is the first step on your path to an extraordinary future.

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Live events

In these unmissable events Elke Edwards, coach to leaders around the world, will bring her decades of experience to you. Want to know the 3 secrets of success that no one tells you? How to make a great first impression? How to pitch yourself to stand out from the crowd? Then check out our live events.

Teach

Teach

Lesson plan

How to create a vision for your life

40 MINS

When we allow ourselves to daydream, to think big and imagine the life we want for ourselves, we are much more likely to achieve it. This lesson plans aims to encourage students to start to think more mindfully about their whole future, not just their next steps.

Video

How to create a vision for your life

20 MINS

What does success mean to you? Elke Edwards looks at the three key things for creating a vision for your life; understanding your core strength, taking ownership and finding inspiration.

Lesson plan

How to get your head around your future

20 MINS

Knowing what you want for your future feels huge and scary. The aim of this lesson plan is to help students understand the key steps they can take to support their decision-making and health along the way.

Video

How to get your head around your future

20 MINS

What do you want for your future? Do you know? Elke Edwards has one simple aim in this session – to share 5 things that will help your get your head around your future.

Roundtables

Roundtables

Roundtable

What are my options?

15 MINS

There is still a prevailing view that success is going to a ‘top’ university to study a ‘respected’ degree. This session helps us understand what other options are available and how they will be regarded by employers.

Q&A

How to choose the right university course

24 MINS

So you’ve made the decision to pursue higher education. How do you choose the right degree for you and do employers have opinions on specific topics? This session aims to answer some of your important questions.

Roundtable

Making it in the creative industry

40 MINS

One of the areas that is less well catered for in career guidance is the creative industries. The aim of this talk is to provide inspiration and maybe some ideas of where to start if you think a creative path maybe for you.

Roundtable

Degree apprenticeships

16 MINS

Usually, young people have to make a choice when they leave school – do they go to university, or get a job straight away? It’s a difficult decision: both options have their benefits and drawbacks. The degree apprenticeship has been designed to give students the best of both worlds

Quickfire questions

If you could tell a 15-18 year old one thing, what would it be?

3 MINS

Amani Simpson, Brontë King, Clare McKeeve, Jenk Oz and Lucy Knowles all share their answers to this big question.

Quickfire questions

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?

3 MINS

There are usually things we would do differently with the benefit of hindsight. Hear from Nathan Hector, Lauren Roberts, Pavel Dler, Kristian Trend and Helen Calcraft as they talk about the changes they would make – if any! – were they to do it all again.

Quickfire questions

What are the top 3 things you look for when employing a young person?

3 MINS

This is a brilliant opportunity to hear directly from employers at big brands like Facebook, Sky and Sodexo on what they look for when employing young people. How many of these attributes can you showcase?

Quickfire questions

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

2 MINS

This is an interesting question because it reveals what’s really important to people and what motivates them to be extraordinary.

Quickfire questions

What would you say to young people who are feeling anxious about their future and overwhelmed about making the right decisions for their next steps?

5 MINS

Hear a range of practical and useful advice from Nathan Hector, Lauren Roberts, Kristian Trend, Sir Michael Barber, Helen Calcraft and Pavel Dler, who know what it’s like to make big decisions about their future.

Interviews

Interviews

Interview

Following your passions, not your parents’

11 MINS

Many people feel pressure to follow a path set out by their parents. When Ron realised what his passion was, he took the courageous decision to pursue his dream of becoming a professional photographer and producer, even though it didn’t match his parents’ expectations.

Interview

Why it’s OK not to know what you want to do – and OK to change your mind!

10 MINS

Having graduated from Central Saint Martins with hopes of working in fashion design, Pavel is now the Founder and CEO of media publication CULTED which has recently taken the world of TikTok by storm. He explains why it’s OK to change your mind and adapt to your strengths.

Interview

Squiggly careers – designing your career

15 MINS

Careers used to be about climbing the ‘ladder’- they were linear, predictable and you knew what happened next. But things have changed. According to an article by The Financial Times, most of us will have as many as 4 different types of career during our working life. Sarah Ellis calls this ‘squiggly careers’.

Interview

How to turn your idea into the next big thig

15 MINS

Joseph is the inventor of REACT, a potentially life-saving device that can be used to rapidly stop bleeding from stab wounds. He’s already featured in the likes of BBC News, Business Live and Sky News and he talks here about turning an invention idea into reality.

Q&A

Creating a vision for my future

30 MINS

Sian puts a range of questions to Elke Edwards that have been sent in by sixth formers on how to create a vision for your future – and turn it into reality without getting stressed or anxious.

Q&A

How to stand out at interview

12 MINS

Whether it’s face-to-face or online, an interview can make anyone feel nervous. Emily and Darragh from Red Carnation Hotels talk about how to stand out from the crowd and make an impact throughout the application process.

Interview

What you need to know about cover letters

10 MINS

How important is a cover letter, really? You might think a CV should be enough when applying for a job; watch this video to discover the value of great cover letter and get top tips for writing yours.

Interview

Working for yourself and how to be a successful freelancer

12 MINS

Mitch is one of the founders of Pocketblockbuster which is an incredibly successful video production company. Mitch shares his experiences on what it means to be a freelancer, who it’s right for and how to be successful at it.

Interview

Finding the career and life that’s right for you

17 MINS

As the Head of Attraction Marketing at Deloitte, Jamie shares his professional experience on how to work out what career and life is right for you, and how people can improve their chances of success once they’ve made the decision.

Interview

Working for yourself vs working for others

12 MINS

Clare has had a really interesting career journey. After starting out in the finance industry she now works within the creative industry, and has been both employed and self-employed. This is her story.

Interview

Finding a gap in the market

5 MINS

Ioan was 15 when he founded Lean Kitchen during lockdown, supporting families and sports teams across Wales. He tells the story of how he discovered a gap in the market, and how he turned an idea into a successful business.

Interview

Overcoming set backs

14 MINS

Jay is Head Coach at Nike, and has had an incredible journey to finding what is his dream job is. He’s going to tell you a bit about that in this video, but the main focus is to share advice on how to set yourself up for success.

Interview

My apprenticeship journey – myth-busting and deciding if an apprenticeship is right for you

11 MINS

Lauren started her own apprenticeship journey six years ago and has gone on to build a successful career as a Youth Engagement Executive at City & Guilds. She explains what apprenticeships are and addresses some of the false myths surrounding them.

Interview

How to nail networking

7 MINS

Nathan Hector began his acting journey at the age of 18. He’s got an incredible story, from starting out as a runner to becoming a hugely successful actor. Nathan talks about the importance of networking – what it means, how to do it well and the difference it can make to your career.

Interview

The power of telling stories

7 MINS

Hywel Roberts has built a hugely successful career as an educator and has that rare talent of being able to tell stories that both make you laugh and make you cry, often at the same time. You have a story too – find out why it’s important to tell it.

Interview

How to be memorable and stand out from the crowd

17 MINS

Standing out from a crowd has never been more important when applying for jobs and interviewing for roles. Clare Mitchell shares the practical things you can do before, during and after an interview that will make you remarkable.

Interview

The value of having a mentor

5 MINS

What is a mentor and what kind of things can one help you with? Sam Webb shares her experiences as a mentor and mentee to answer some of the common questions people have about the process, and shares advice on how to find your own mentor.

Interview

Nailing your CV

7 MINS

Everyone has to tackle the challenge of writing a great CV, whether you’re looking to carry on with education, applying for work experience or bagging your first job. Find out what really matters in this session.

Interview

Work experience – how to get it and stand out when you’re there

10 MINS

Learn top tips on where to look for work experience, how to secure your placement and how to use the opportunity to get a foot on the career ladder.

Q&A

Taking ownership for your future

15 MINS

How do you confidently make decisions about your future? And what strategies do you use to filter advice? Elke Edwards answers these two questions from students to help you learn the best way to take the next steps – whatever they might be.

Interview

How to build a successful start-up

10 MINS

Andrea Ramoino is someone who knows what it takes to build a successful start-up from scratch – he’s an expert product and marketing transformational leader with over 15 years’ experience across many industries, including Fintech and Crypto.

Interview

Following a career in education

7 MINS

Hywel has spent a great deal of time as a ‘travelling teacher’, working with young people in classrooms across the UK. He shares his experiences and thoughts on how to inspire the next generation.

Interview

Top tips for video interviews

5 MINS

Over the last year, video interviews have become a massive part of the application process. Sharon Byfield shares some practical tips on how to prepare and stand out during a virtual interview.

Interview

How to get hired

20 MINS

Dan Kiernan is a careers coach at Saïd Business School, Oxford University – but has tried many different roles on for size. He shares brilliant advice for how to get hired.

Podcasts

Podcasts

Podcast

Episode 1. Finding my confidence

35 MINS

A lack of confidence and deep-down insecurities have always held Helen back. At a critical point…

Podcast

Episode 2. Letting go of control

30 MINS

For as long as she can remember Laura has had a very unhealthy relationship with food, control and her appearance…

Podcast

Episode 3. Having the courage to be me

35 MINS

After living a double life for 10 years, Mitch finally found the courage to tackle the most…

Podcast

Episode 4. Improving my self-worth

30 MINS

16 years after her parents’ divorce, Sophie is still coming to terms with their separation. Despite having…

Podcast

Episode 5. Learning to love me

40 MINS

A lack of confidence and deep-down insecurities have always held Helen back. At a critical point in her life and career, …

Podcast

Episode 6. Overcoming addiction

35 MINS

Joe started gambling around the age of 11 and by the time he was in his late teens he was a complete addict…

Podcast

Episode 7. Creating change

30 MINS

Jay was living his dream as a professional footballer, but after losing the job he’d spent his life working towards…

Podcast

Episode 8. Fitting in

40 MINS

Rob’s always struggled to find the life and career that’s right for him, always feeling he doesn’t quite ‘fit in'. In this episode Elke helps Rob...

Podcast

Episode 9. Overcoming setbacks

35 MINS

After being bullied as a child, Tash still struggles with her self-worth. In this episode Elke helps Tash to overcome some of her…

Podcast

Episode 10. Being my true self

40 MINS

Millie spent years trying to fit in, hiding who she really was to conform with ‘the norm’. But after hitting breaking point, she…

Podcast

Episode 11. Overcoming adversity

35 MINS

Josh was completing his third tour of Afghanistan when he stood on an IED and ended up losing both legs...

Podcast

Episode 12. Letting go of being perfect

45 MINS

After years of putting others first, prioritising friends, family and work over herself and taking on too much...

Podcast

Episode 13: Being an introvert

For years Sally struggled being an introvert in an extroverts’ world. Elke and Sally explore the impact that had on her...

Podcast

Episode 14: Redefining success

Having struggled with confidence at school, Tom learnt the key to success was working hard. Constantly seeking external validation...

Podcast

What you need to know when launching your own business

7 MINS

Having started his own small business a few years ago, Ralph shares some of the skills you need if you are thinking of launching your own business.

Activities

Activities

Article

15 small things that will make a game changing-difference to building your future

5 MINS

Article

How to stand out at interview

10 MINS

Activity

Your life vision

30 MINS

Activity

Event + Behaviour = Result

10 MINS

Activity

Managing thoughts

10 MINS

Activity

Understanding ownership

10 MINS

Activity

Ownership questionnaire

15 MINS

Activity

Taking 100% ownership

7 MINS

Activity

Wellness questionnaire

20 MINS

Activity

Thought spirals

7 MINS

Article

The human algorithm

10 MINS

 

Human development

How to get from
where you are now to
where you want to be