Deciding to go to university is a big step for a young person – especially if it involves study abroad. With so many options on offer, identifying the course that is most suitable, let alone the institution and country can appear daunting. Knowledge in country of what is available overseas can sometimes be limited. Seeking external, professional, impartial, independent and information, advice and guidance is a sensible move and a good investment – helping to avoid costly mistakes and saving individuals from the heartache of making the wrong decision at a critical time.
In addition to finding the right course in the right place, research has shown that students who have an idea as to what they might like to do once they have graduated are less likely to make ill thought through choices and are more likely to have successful futures.
This process can be made much easier by accessing services provided by Inspiring Futures. A UK based company – now with an office in Malaysia - it has been providing quality careers information advice and guidance to young people form 13 – 23 for the last 75 years. At the core of its programme is an on-line psychometric profiling tool – Futurewise. Comprising 6 short modules, it covers Literacy, Memory and Attention, Abstract and Numerical Reasoning as well as interests and personality tests. Each student receives an individual report and there is also one for their parent or guardian.
The test takes about an hour and a quarter and is then followed up by a one to one guidance session with a professional adviser using the report as a springboard for discussion. This can be face to face or via Skype, depending on geographical location. The adviser discusses the outputs from the tests, helping the student to understand their strengths and weaknesses, their interests and their aptitudes and, importantly, how studying a particular subject can help them in their future career. Additionally, at any stage, the student can also consult with the Futurewise Careers Helpline, which gives them support throughout the whole process and up until they leave university.
“Children are expected to make choices about their education at a relatively early stage and these decisions can have long lasting repercussions on their future career. They need to have a good awareness of their skills and strengths so that they’re equipped to make the right choices at the right time. For those reasons, I feel passionately that careers guidance should be focused on a personalised approach”.
“I was impressed with the professional approach and breadth of support offered by Inspiring Futures, but in particular it was the use of psychometric testing that really piqued my interest and so I decided to invest in the programme for Emma’s future benefit.” - Vivienne Cooper, parent
“ I’d have no hesitation in recommending Futurewise to other parents who are keen to support their children’s career development.” - Mrs G , parent.
Further information can be found on www.inspiringfurtures.org.uk