Gatsby Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

Careers Adviser giving students careers guidance

What is Gatsby Benchmark 8?

Gatsby Benchmark 8 stands as a pinnacle within the Gatsby Benchmarks framework, as it highlights the importance of ‘Personal Guidance.’ It’s the connecting benchmark between the others, focusing on the need to provide tailored, one-on-one career guidance to young people.

This benchmark focuses on helping students make informed study and career choices that align with their interests, aspirations, and any possible career opportunities.

Why is Gatsby Benchmark 8 so important?

Gatsby Benchmark 8 plays a crucial role in giving young people the tools and insights to plan their future paths. Personal guidance goes beyond general information and advice, offering individualised support that addresses the specific needs and aspirations of each student. This approach enhances career readiness and empowers students to make well-informed decisions about their study and career choices.

Gatsby Benchmark 8

Providing Personal Guidance?

Providing personal guidance entails several key components to ensure its effectiveness:

  • Trained Careers Advisers: Appoint qualified and trained careers advisers who can offer personalised support to students. These advisers can offer tailored guidance based on individual circumstances and aspirations.
  • Individualised Sessions: Conduct one-on-one sessions with students, where the adviser can delve into the student’s interests, strengths, and aspirations. These sessions create a safe space for students to discuss their goals, strengths and weaknesses openly.
  • In-depth Exploration: Personal guidance should thoroughly explore study and career options, considering the student’s strengths, preferences, and long-term goals.

Supporting Pupils with SEN

Personal guidance should extend its support to students with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Trained advisers can give special guidance that considers students’ unique challenges and strengths, ensuring they all have equal opportunities for successful careers.

What are the Gatsby Benchmark 8 questions on the Compass evaluation?

The Compass Evaluation includes specific questions to assess how well secondary schools offer personal guidance to students. This ensures a thorough evaluation of Gatsby Benchmark 8.

These questions guide schools in aligning their practices with the benchmark’s principles, ensuring students receive tailored support for their career journeys.

Gatsby Benchmark 8 focuses on “Personal Guidance.” The Compass evaluation has questions that would likely ask how well a school provides specific career guidance to children and young people. Some potential questions could be:

  • How do you provide personalised career guidance to students to help them make informed study and career choices?
  • Describe the qualifications and training of your careers advisers who offer personal guidance to students.
  • Can you provide examples of individualised sessions where advisers explore students’ interests, strengths, and aspirations?
  • How do you ensure that personal guidance is inclusive and supportive of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
  • Describe any resources, tools, or platforms you use to enhance the effectiveness of personal guidance sessions.
  • How do personal guidance sessions align with the overall careers planning programme and curriculum?
  • Can you share student success stories of who benefited from the personalised guidance in choosing a career provided by your institution?

How do you measure the impact of personal guidance on students’ career readiness and informed decision-making?

Take our free Gatsby Benchmark Evaluation Tool to quickly evaluate your careers programme

How Progress Careers can help you to meet the Gatsby Benchmark 8?

This is our bread and butter! It’s what we are all about. Our expanding team of qualified and qualifying career advisers, work tirelessly to ensure that every student gets access to one-to-one careers guidance. We are independent and impartial and closely follow the ethics and guidelines of the nation’s industry body (Career Development Institute).

In conclusion, Gatsby Benchmark 8 emphasises the paramount role of personal guidance in shaping students’ study and career choices. Through personalised one-on-one support, institutions help young people make informed decisions that match their aspirations and strengths. Embrace Gatsby Benchmark 8 and embark on a journey of providing world-class career guidance to every student.