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I'm a Careers Adviser: Get Me Out of Here!

I'm A Careers Adviser: Get Me Out Of Here!
Maximising Careers Interviews

A 1-day CPD event led by Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease

Leader: Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease
Date: Thursday 22nd Februrary 2018
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Oxford & Cambridge Club, 71-77 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HD
Cost: £180 inc. VAT, including lunch
Topic: How best to utilise one-to-one guidance interviews

This course is for careers practitioners in schools and colleges who offer one-to-one guidance interviews. It explores how to best utilise these interviews, improve engagement with students, and better integrate the interviews into your careers provision.

The course will cover:

  • an introduction to the theories of guidance interviews
  • structures and content of interviews
  • how to manage and integrate interviews into wider careers programming
  • an examination of the ethical considerations around one-to-one interviews
  • useful resources for guidance interviews
  • effective interview techniques

The course will provide opportunities to:

  • explore best practice
  • meet other school staff with responsibility for careers
  • share knowledge and experiences
  • review and evaluate how to maximise careers interviews in your school


10:00 - 10:15 Tea and welcome
10:15 - 11:00 What is a one-to-one interview?
11:00 - 11:30 Why have one-to-one interviews?
11:30 - 12:00 Planning and implementing a programme of interviews
12:00 - 12:30 Ethics surrounding one-to-one interviews
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Framing the one-to-one interviews: resources and materials
14:15 - 15:15 Practising one-to-one interviews: scenarios
15:15 - 16:00 Coffee, conclusions and practical steps forward

About Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease, MA, MPhil, PhD, FHEA

Course Leader Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease works as an independent careers consultant and community engagement practitioner. Mariama completed her undergraduate degree in French and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, followed by an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge.

As a secondary school MFL teacher and Head of Careers, Mariama developed her knowledge of the higher education landscape in both the UK and the US. In 2009, she was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to New York University and she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013. Mariama has worked as Senior International Admissions Officer for New York University, and as a Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer for the University of Cambridge Admissions Office.

In 2018, Mariama has completed an MA in Careers Education and Coaching, with the Qualification in Career Development, at the University of Derby. She is also a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI) and the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG). Mariama has enjoyed mentoring and supporting students through her roles in secondary and tertiary education, and is committed to enabling and encouraging young people to fulfil their full potential.

To confirm your place, please complete our online application form or contact Events by email [email protected].

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