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Total Professions and the Career Development Institute, for the second year, brought together careers advisers and professional bodies to tackle key questions about how we can encourage young people into the professions via many different routes.


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Chair Toni Fazaeli introducing speakers for the finance profession

Some key themes emerged from the day, including the need to dispel myths about particular professions and about vocational routes, although the latter have come a long way and we can now look ahead to employer-led Trailblazers now offered in many sectors. Another common theme was the variety of routes to careers available, and the difficulty careers advisers have in accessing the wealth of information about these routes. 

A more comprehensive list of routes to the professions can be found within our Fair Access pages.

Take a look at the full presentations and resources from our speakers (linked to on the right hand side of this page), who are listed below:

  • Toni Fazaeli (chair), Former Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning and Vice Chair of the Professions Week group: presenting results from research by the Professions Week group as well as our own survey for careers advisers. 
  • Jan Ellis, Chief Executive of the Careers Development Institute: The Challenges for Careers Advice in 2015 and presenting a new jobs board for careers advisers Portico, which will be launched before the end of the year.
  • Matt McDermott, Sales & Marketing Director at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Yvonne Ambo, Chartered Surveyor at Knight FrankBuilt environment – the many ways to careers in property - pathways into Land, Property and Construction
  • Bridget Bartlett, Deputy Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Building and Chair of the CIC Diversity Panel: Climbing the construction career ladder with the CIOB - 182,000 jobs are to be filled by 2018 in the construction sector.
  • Ruth Martin, Managing Director of the Chartered Institute for Securities & InvestmentCareers in financial services - clearing up misunderstandings about the sector.
  • Hazel Garvey, Director of Business Development at ICAEW and Kate Awdry of PwC along with three students who spoke of their experiences of the different pathways they are taking to becoming accountants.
  • Robert Jelly, Head of Learning and Assessment at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)Actuarial work – it’s not just a numbers game - presenting the many industries actuaries work within and the backgrounds they come from.
  • Dr Robert Bowles, Careers and Skills Executive at the Royal Society of Chemistry: Career pathways in Science including apprenticeships and vocational learning as well as university.
  • Eleanor Eyre, Careers Manager at Engineering UK: Routes into engineering careers, a sector which will provide over 2.5 million jobs in the next decade. Resources for careers advisers from Tomorrow's Engineers can be found here.
  • Claire Bishop, Head of Career Development at CIPD: ‘HR - a career at the heart of the business’. CIPD are further developing the careers area of their website and already have various resources including HR career paths.
  • Emma Scott, Representation Manager at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply: Specialist Skills within Purchasing and Supply Management - including helping us to think what it's like to Be a Buyer
  • Linda Hausmanis, Head of Professional Standards & Education, British Institute of Facilities Management: 'How does anything ever get done' - facilities managers keep the country working using their excellent communication skills.


Short video clips are now available at our Youtube channel.

Thanks to all those who joined us on the day and got involved in discussions, reflections and actions to take forward. If you have any feedback please email editor@totalprofessions.com, and to find out about future events, please sign up to our newsletter. You will receive a monthly bulletin with careers resources in the professions, focusing on a different sector each month 'Spotlight on...' (click to see past issues).

We also support a 2,700+ strong careers advisers group on LinkedIn and you can always follow our news @TotProfessions - also see the hashtag for this event:

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Exhibitors and speakers came from the following organisations:

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