The impact of career websites: what's the evidence?

Cathy Howieson, Sheila Semple

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Careers provision for young people in the UK is being re-formulated on the basis
of a central role for career websites but this policy is based on unproven
assumptions about their value. In this article we consider the use and impact of
the two main career websites in Scotland on pupils’ career management skills. We
found that pupils at risk of not achieving positive post-school destinations were
less likely to use the websites, as were minority ethnic pupils. Although similar in
functions, the two websites differed in their effect: one had no impact while the
other impacted on only one aspect of pupils’ career management skills. Careers
policy needs to be informed by more extensive research on career websites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-301
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance & Counselling
Issue number3
Early online date26 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • career education
  • information
  • advice and guidance
  • ICT
  • websites
  • career management skills
  • career development
  • minority ethnic pupils


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