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I just wanted to let you know that we have just had a crazy weekend with our son, Stuart. He has had to choose his subjects to take from year 9 to year 11, and it has been a big struggle to get him to make a choice that is not because of popularity or peer influence, but rather because of his talents and natural ability and interests.
It so happened that we intended to complete the MCO assessment this weekend. Stuart enjoyed doing the test and saw this as an adventure with a large present at the end that would give him clarification and direction into who he could possibly become.
Safe to say, that after completing the test, the subjects we and his teacher had suggested to him were confirmed by the suggestions MCO made for career options. The details around what the career is, the potential earnings and the qualifications needed solidified his decision to align his subject choices with who he is as a person and his passions, rather than what is popular among his peers.
A very big thank you for this tool, it has made a difficult situation for us as parents, so much easier to explain and helped guide our son in the correct direction.
- Stuart's Parents (Summer 2018)
My son Yves has completed the assessment regarding guidance of potential careers. At first he felt that there were lots of questions, and he was anxious of not being able to respond correctly to them. We reassured him that there is no right or wrong answers, he just needed to take his time and answer to the best of his abilities. He has managed to complete the questionnaire in two sessions. The suggested careers were encouraging, as Yves has an ambition to become an electrical engineer.
The Top 10 career suggestions gave us a guidance for how to encourage our son to make the right choice of subjects for GCSE to fulfil his ambitions. This has helped him to boost his confidence too.
In my opinion, this MCO assessment is brilliant, and as a parent of 4 children, I wish this could be promoted in all secondary schools.
- Yves's Parents (Spring 2019)
Using 'My Careers Options' has really supported the development of embedding careers education within our setting. The ease of use, the parental engagement and the nature of the platform being undertaken away from the everyday lessons that students are exposed too, has helped them see careers in a different way. Feedback from parents and students alike, like the informative and practical nature of the careers tool and it has really focused our younger students on future aspirations. To meet the need of local labour market information within the Gatsby benchmarks this has helped enormously to provide clear and relevant guidance to students.
- Rebecca Roberts: Head of College (Deputy Head) - Wilmington Academy (Summer 2019)