A recent study by the office of Employability and Training has found little to no correlation between a careers counsellor’s advice and actual employability.
John Cook (68) a long serving member of the education industry, who boasts 40 years experience as a PE teacher and an additional eight as an advisor loves his job, telling The Footnotes, “My door is always open, I tell all the students to ‘drop in and have a chat’. And if I am not there, just grab a brochure from out the front – it’s what I’ll give you anyway!” he laughs.
Jessica Jones, a 17-year-old student at the same school was confused when she was initially contacted for comment, “Mr Cook, as in the relief teacher? I’ve had him as a sub for history, I think? All he did was talk about how much ‘social media has ruined the world’.”
A second student, Harriet Tombs (17) in-fact knew of Mr Cook and commented, “In the 15 meeting we had it took him 12 minutes to open his ipad, he says that technology has ruined the world.
“He asked me why I’d want to be a doctor in a health care system that is such a rort, and told me that I’d be better off just doing PE teaching. Better holidays and stuff. He gave me like, 15 pamphlets on it.”
Of his large paper trail Mr Cook says, “Students come in, they don’t know where to start. And let’s be honest – I was a PE teacher, not a neurosurgeon. I don’t know what a bloody Data Scientist is! So I hand them a UAC book – It’s as big as a phone book, pretty much exactly the same, black and white pages, tiny size 6 writing – you can imagine it, right? Anyway, it is filled with course codes, about 150 courses on every page, how helpful is that!
“So, I hand them that book, then a few other bits and pieces, I just pick them at random from the shelves. Unis are always dropping pamphlets over.”
He smiles, “And I thought PE teaching was easy!”
Keen see a copy of the UAC guide, The Footnotes scheduled a face to face with Mr Cook. Unfortunately upon our arrival at the scheduled time, Mr Cook was absent from his office.
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NOTE: The above article refers to only 4% of the total career advisor industry.