The thing I like about Blueprint for All’s work is that it starts very early with young children, getting them to start thinking about their careers or what they might do in years to come. At that point it’s probably, ‘What are you interested in?’ rather than ‘What will your career be. But then as they progress through the various programmes, it becomes very much about what GCSEs you need to progress with that career pathway. And it continues through to age 30 with programmes that help you set your direction and that give access to professionals so that young people can see what a certain career looks like.
As someone who didn’t get much of that guidance, I can absolutely see the value in it. I had to forge my own way, which is OK, but it was tough in the early years and it’s lovely to see there is an organisation that goes out there and proactively seeks to find people who perhaps may struggle because they don’t have the pathways outlined for them.
I am somebody who is not afraid of writing wills, which is a barrier I think a lot of people need to get over. To me this is a practical thing to do; when I die, I do want to make sure that my wishes are going to be followed so I regularly update my will, probably every 5 or so years.