Getting Set Up:
When you subscribe to Career Central you will receive the programme with our standard format. This means that we have included lists of skills, personal qualities, career values, education and training providers etc for you. However it is important to note that you can edit these lists to personalise them for your students. You will also need to set up the subjects available to your students, how many they should select for each year level, and which subjects are compulsory if you would like to use the Subject Selection page.
Use the "Careers Setup" tab on your dashboard.
It is important that you get the setup correct (as you would like it) before students begin entering data, as any changes you make after that might affect what they have already entered.
On the side bar on your home page choose “Careers Setup”
Under this tab you can set up and edit each page that students see, and you can also alter the order that the pages appear on the students’ screens.
Skills and Academic Strengths page:
When you click on “Skills and Academic Strengths” you will find a list labelled “Academic” or “Other”
Students are required to select from a list of Academic Strengths that they think they have, and also from a list of more generic Skills. This part of the programme gets students thinking about what they are good at.
You can edit all of these to suit your students. You can make a Skill visible for a particular year level or for all students. This allows you to increase the level of sophistication in skills as students mature. If you want to add a new Skill or Academic Strength click on “New Entry”.
If you want to edit a skill click on 'Edit Skill'
Make sure you select either Academic or Other, and then type in the name of the Skill/Strength and save your changes. These will now appear in the students’ drop down lists.
Personal Qualities page:
As with other pages you are able to add new personal qualities or edit existing ones.
Careers Value page:
When you click on the Career Values page you will have the option to either add a new Career Value or to edit the existing ones. You can also choose the order that the values appear in and which values are appropriate for each year level.
Interests / Student Questions page:
This page allows you the opportunity to find out about students’ interests. It also encourages students themselves to consider what it is they are really interested in and how that might apply to work.
You can also use this page to try and gauge how self-aware the students are with questions such as:
• What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
• What do you see as the barriers to achieving your goals?
• Who influences your career decisions?
• Think about what you wanted to be when you were 10. If this has changed, why do you
think it has changed?
You can create as many questions as you wish for each year level. From the Student Questions
page click on “New Entry”. Then simply choose the year level(s), click on show or hide, then type in your question.
The sort order controls the order of the question on the student side. For example, entering 1 will make it appear before a question with a sort order of 2.
At the beginning of each new school year you have the option to change the questions that students see, however it is not advisable to change them during the year once students have started responding to them.
Intentions for next year / My Plans page:
This page allows you to set up options for students to choose in order to indicate their intentions. Since most year 9 and 10 students will be returning to school we usually only show this page to senior students.
On this page you can edit the wording of each option (e.g. change the name of the school) or you can click on “New Entry” to create new options for students to choose from. For example, “I would like to leave school as soon as I can”.
Further Education Page:
The Further Education page is used for students to indicate interest in Universities, Polytechnics and other training providers. You will then be able to search for groups of students who are interested in these providers.
This information is also used on the “Leavers page” which students fill in when they are leaving school. The leaver’s page information gives you data on where your students are going and what they are going to be doing.
You can edit the education providers in the list or make new entries. If you make a new entry please make sure you choose the provider type (Uni, poly or other).
Next Years Subject Page:
This page is where students will indicate to you the subjects they are considering taking the following year. This allows you to give the students feedback on whether or not you think the subjects are a good match for the occupations they are interested in, before they make their final selections.
On this page, please enter all the subjects that are available for the specified year level – i.e. if there is a year 10 subject called English, create it, and enter 10 for the year. You can also enter a subject export code e.g. ‘10ENG’, which is the code that appears on KAMAR for the subject – and is what is is exported from KAMAR if you use the data for another programme.
If a subject is compulsory, you can select this as well. Compulsory subjects will automatically appear when a student comes to make their choices.
A couple of really important notes: Once Students have begun selecting subjects, don’t rename the subjects in this screen, or change the subject’s export codes.
Only enter in the ‘Custom Code’ if you are setting up complex subjects (e.g. year 11 students may be required to choose a Science subject from a list of 3 or 4 Sciences). Career Central support can assist you with this.
Note: You will be adding the subjects available at each year level, but when students see the options on their page they will see the year above the one they are currently in (so a year 10 student will see the options you add for year 11).
Subject Limits Page :
On this page you can set the maximum number of subjects a student will be able to select. The number you choose will not include the compulsory subjects. For example if a year 10 student has five compulsory subjects and is allowed to choose three options you should set the subject limit at three subjects.
Profile Setup Guide:
Here you will set up the pages you want each year level to see and the order in which you would like students to see the pages.
The standard order is:
When students click on their “About Me” tab they will see:
1. Skills and Academic Strengths
2. Personal Qualities
3. Career Values
4. Student Questions (Interests)
5. CV Builder
(For seniors I include "Outside the Classroom" and "Work Experience")
You may want to leave the CV builder out for junior students.
When students click on their “Next Steps” tab they could see any of:
1. My Plans
2. Further Education
3. Goal setting (option of 2 pages here)
4. Subject Selection
5. Gateway (to express interest)
6. Trades (to express interest)
7. Taster courses (to express interest)
8. Job exploration
9. School leavers page
10. Employability skills (A self assessment)
Under the “Profile Setup Order” you can change the order of pages that students see or you can hide the page from them. For example, since most year 10 students will be returning to school you may not want to show them the “My Plans” page. Similarly year 13 will not need to indicate subjects for the following year.
You may feel it is too early for juniors to see the “Further Education page”, or you might want to hide Gateway and Trades pages from them if they are not eligible to be involved in the programme.
NOTE: Just because pages are available you don't need to use them all! We recommend only asking students to complete pages when you are going to use the information. e.g. if your school doesn't really follow up with goal setting you may decide there is no point in using that page.
Each of the available pages gives you the option to add to the students "about me" tab or to their "next steps" tab. Once you have added the pages you can change the order in which the students see them by dragging them up and down.
Don’t forget to save the changes.
Page Setup :
This tab allows you to edit the wording on each of the student’s pages.
Click on edit to change the wording e.g.
This is also where you can create new pages. For example, a new request page or a new
Click on New Page, fill in the page’s title, the page contents (the wording you would like to appear on the page) and select the module name. If you are creating a request page (Gateway, Trades and Taster courses already have request for more information pages) then choose Request
If you want to create a new Resource page (students see these under their resources tab) fill in what you would like on the page, including any links, and choose Resource page for the module type.
Any new pages need to be in one of our templates (this is the module name). For this reason it is best to only create new resource or request pages.
Don’t forget to save them.
In this section you can manually add a student’s cell phone number. You can do this if they are having trouble with their phone of if they have input the wrong number too many times.
In the staff section you can see the access type of each staff member.
TEG = General teacher/group teacher – has access to students in their group/tutor class and can add interview notes. If you set a teacher to TEA you need to add their group class code to the box in the bottom left corner (this is the code that appears in Kamar).
CSA = Careers advisor – full access to see all students and edit.
TEA = Teachers with full access (e.g. Deans, senior management). Can see all students and write interview notes but not edit the programme.
MM = Only has access to Media Manager (e.g. for a librarian).
DIS = Disabled account.
TRT = This is for Trades Academies so ignore if you are a secondary school
Staff will access Career Central using their KAMAR passwords, however you can also change or reset staff passwords in this area.
If you click on “Edit User” you can choose to show the staff member on the message page (so students can message them), or the Interview page. It is advised that you only add careers or guidance staff to these sections.
Setup Requests :
When you click on “set up requests” you will see the page below.
Requests are either Page Requests or Tracked requests. A page request is a page that you create and then make visible to students. Examples of page requests are the Gateway, Taster Course and Trades Academy pages where students can request information about these programmes. If you want to set up a page request do this under “page setup”.
A Tracked Request is one students access via their request tab. For example, you might want them to be able to request a reference from you. Because the requests can be tracked by you and by the student it is less likely to be lost and forgotten about, as can happen with an email or verbal request.
To set up a Tracked Request simply click on New Entry and add the information. The Icon you choose will be a small graphic associated to the request. The icon is optional but makes a nice addition.