‘Expecting a pupil to choose from a list of jobs they’ve never encountered is impossible’

Claudia Harris’ job is to drag school careers advice into the 21st century. But, she says, many students can’t envisage a future beyond what they see on TV. She tells Will Hazell why she is motivated to broaden pupils’ horizons, warm up ‘social mobility cold spots’ and see girls racing kit cars

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There’s an obvious question to ask Claudia Harris, the CEO of the organisation set up by the government to improve careers advice in schools: what did she want to be when she was growing up…?

“When I was younger I wanted to be a theatre director,” replies the boss of the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) with a smile. “I knew I liked organising things and having an opportunity to be quite creative.”

Clearly, things have turned out a little differently from what she envisaged back then. But Harris credits the experiences she had at school for reshaping her career aspirations and helping her ...

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