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Julie Richardson  - NISCA Chair

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NISCA will endeavour to enhance the quality of Careers Provision in schools and Regional Colleges and to create a desire for life-long learning.

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  • 02 Feb 2016 1:05 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    From November 2016, applicants to Cambridge University will have to sit written tests as part of the application process. 

    The change will affect students applying for courses starting in autumn 2017. The tests will be tailored to each subject and will be taken before or at interviews.

    See the BBC article for details.

  • 19 Jan 2016 9:53 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    UK intelligence agency GCHQ has announced two summer schools for young people this year. The Cyber Insiders and Cyber Exposure schools will focus on areas of cyber-security.

    GCHQ will pay £250 per week to students attending each school this year.

    The schools will be held at four sites in England but free accommodation is provided. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applications must be submitted by 8th February. See the GCHQ website for details.

  • 27 Nov 2015 7:20 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Planning Organising and Delivering a Comprehensive 'Careers Programme' in your school

    The School of Education at Queen's University is offering two short courses for careers teachers in the New Year. There is a short 2 session course in Newry on Thursdays 25 February and 3 March, 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, and a more in-depth one in Belfast made up of 5 weekly sessions on Mondays 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, starting 25 January.

    Visit where the courses are listed under the subject 'Education'.

    For more information please contact Wendy Hunter (, Tel: 02890975057)

  • 02 Nov 2015 6:37 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Independent research as indicated that Trinty College Dublin has produced more graduates who found companies that receive a first round of venture capitalist backing than any other European university.

    Between the years of 2010 and 2015 TCD produced 114 such entrepreneurs, 106 companies, and raised capital of approximately ‎US $655 million.

    To put TCD's achievements into context, second-placed Oxford University produced 72 such entrepreneurs. See the TCD article for details.

  • 30 Oct 2015 9:38 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has indicated that people under the age of 34 have suffered the greatest drop in income and employment and now face bigger barriers to achieving economic independence and success than five years ago.

    Being poor now has a far more negative impact on the education of white people than it does for other ethnic groups.

    See the Huffington Post article for details.

  • 26 Oct 2015 9:39 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    In an effort to combat ethnic discrimination, David Cameron has announced that applicant names will not appear on UCAS applications from 2017.

    Leading graduate employers have also committed to keeping candidates' names off graduate recruitment applications. These include the Civil Service, Teach First, the BBC, NHS, local government, HSBC, Virgin Money, KPMG and Deloitte.

    See the BBC article for details.

  • 25 Oct 2015 10:19 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    An interesting article which considers the causes and impact of unrealistic career and life expectations on the Generation Y cohort. The author explores the harmful consequences of overly optimistic expectations and the pursuit of career fulfilment.

    This piece will be of interest to all career professionals and parents. This is the link to the original article.
  • 12 Oct 2015 5:38 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Research by the Sutton Trust indicates that top apprentices can expect to earn tens of thousands of pounds more during their lifetime than many university graduates.

    Those who opt to study for a Level 5 higher apprenticeship - equivalent to a foundation degree - will earn around £1.44 million over their lifetime, almost £52,000 more than a student who studies at a non-Russell Group university.

    Students who graduate from a Russell Group university will earn around £1.6 million and those who gained a degree from Oxford and Cambridge have the highest earnings power, with average lifetime earnings of around £1.79 million.

    See the Huffington Post article for details.
  • 12 Oct 2015 4:32 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Oxford University have released sample interview questions to mark the deadline day for students to apply to study at Oxford University next year (15 October).

    The University wants to "underscore that every question asked by our tutors has a purpose, and that purpose is to assess how students think about their subject and respond to new information or unfamiliar ideas."

    See the relevant University website page for details.
  • 02 Oct 2015 2:57 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service has developed three new web pages on work experience to support pupils, parents and employers.

    The web page for pupils, published on NIDirect, provides information and advice on a range of areas. These include how to source a work experience placement, how to contact an employer, how to prepare for the placement and what to do during and after a placement.

    See the NI Direct website for details.
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