Explore Your Future 2021


The longer lasting effects of COVID on business and young people are understandably causing anxiety. Many schools and young people are unable to carry out work experience and gain meaningful encounters with employers and the workplace. neaco, together with UEA are working to support young people to make informed choices about their futures and explore pathways into higher education. We are planning to help you develop your employability skills though an event called Explore Your Future, facilitated by employers with a presence in the region.



1. to learn what it takes to be successful in the workplace (employability)
2. to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace
3. to learn about what work is like in a variety of different workplaces
4. to learn how to communicate professionally through meaningful, two-way interactions with professionals/employers
5. to reflect on all the above by developing a personal career plan

We will also be offering sessions for teachers and advisers. These are being held on Thursday 10th June and Tuesday 15th June 15.30-16.30.


Our live employer Q&A sessions are aimed at supporting students to gain insight into what it is like to be employed in those sectors. These inspirational talks from some of the area's leading employers will include the opportunity for your students to ask questions. Sessions will take place on Microsoft Teams Live, and are free to attend.

Book a place on one or more of the live sessions.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Can student from my school take part?

A: The asynchronous content (Day 1-5 videos below and work booklet) are free for any school and student to access and are available any time. The live employer Q&A talks are open to all schools in Norfolk, and neaco schools in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. If you're not sure whether your school is a neaco school, simply get in touch with us.

 Q: What platform will you be using for the live sessions?

A: We will be using Microsoft Teams Live, which will allow us to adhere to safeguarding protocols. See here for guidance on using MS Teams as an attendee.

 Q: Do we have to attend all live sessions?

A: Not at all! You and your students can attend as many as they are interested in.

 Q: When do the live sessions take place and how long are they?

A: Each live session lasts between 30-45 minutes and start at 2:15pm. See the timetable above for which employer will be speaking on which day.

 Q: Does a teacher have to be present as the students engage with this?

A: How you engage with the asynchronous content is totally up to you - it is completely self-guided. As for the live sessions, you can engage with those with a whole class by projecting the talks up on your whiteboard or students can attend individually via their own computers. In either case if you are a neaco school, we would ask that you keep a register of students who attended and send this to your school's neaco Higher Education Champion as part of the School Agreement and Data Sharing Protocol (DSP).

 Q: Will this help my school meet Gatsby Benchmarks?

A: Absolutely! The asynchronous content can help with Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 4 & 8, while the live Q&A sessions will provide evidence towards Gatsby Benchmark 5.

For any questions or further information, please emailexploreyourfuture@takeyourplace.ac.uk.



Welcome to the 'Explore Your Future' programme brought to you by neaco Take Your Place. This exciting project will guide you through your next steps to find the career and job you want. The programme is split into 5 sessions (or 'days') which can be accessed at any time during and after the 'Explore Your Future' week (5-9th July 2021). Each session comes with a set of activities and tasks to help you get the most out of them.

Watch along with a copy of the 'Explore Your Future' booklet (see `Downloads' below). It is recommended that you watch the videos on YouTube as the video descriptions each contain timestamps that link to activities in the booklet. The booklet has other tasks and things for you to think about which may not be in the video, so feel free to pause the video even when not prompted, to take time to explore those.

Day 1

Day 1 is all about you. You will explore:

  1. How self-belief and confidence can help you in all aspects of your life
  2. The skills and attributes you have and the careers in which they are valued.



Day 2

Day 2 is all about what the job scene in Norfolk looks like. You will explore:

  1. Key employment industry terms and definitions
  2. Employment sectors that may interest you

Becoming clued up on Labour Market Information (info on local employment trends), also known as LMI, can give you an edge when thinking about and making decisions. Using this 'LMI Top Trumps’ resource will help you. You will need someone to play with and access to the “career-o-meter” at https://icanba.org.uk

LMI Top Trumps Download

Day 3

Day 3 is all about the different pathways available to you through education to a career. You will explore:

  1. What, where and how you can study to earn the right qualifications
  2. What different careers require from you and your education

Day 4

Day 4 is all about exploring the workplace. You will explore:

  1. What do different workplaces look like?
  2. How are they difference from school?
  3. What are the expectations on performance/behaviour?
  4. How to conduct yourself at work and during interviews

Day Five

Day 5 is all about what next steps you need to take. The video will guide you in being reflective by looking back through the activity booklet and signpost useful resources that can help you sharpen your professional conduct..

Future Goals

We are delighted to be able to share ‘Future Goals’ – a virtual work experience programme created by Go Higher West Yorkshire, our uni connect counterparts. This resource includes further engagement with employers through immersive video tours, videos and content from employers and interactive challenges.  These resources are organised by sector and can be found here https://www.futuregoalsvwx.co.uk/ or via the homepage at https://www.gohigherwestyorks.ac.uk/

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EYF2.0 Flyer For Schools

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Explore Your Future LMI Top Trumps

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NEACO Explore Your Future Booklet

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