100 Years of Careers: School competition

100 Years of Careers: School competition 


Career advisers work in schools to help young people explore different jobs and think about what they need to learn to do that job in the future.  

We are proud to be celebrating the centenary of the first professional body for career development - meaning that careers advisers and many others have been helping people think about the jobs that they would like to do for over 100 years! 



As part of our #100YearsOfCareers celebrations, the CDI are holding a competition for school classes to create a recruitment poster for a role that will exist in 100 years’ time.  

One hundred years ago, one of the most common jobs for men was to work in coal mining and for women, it was working as a domestic servant or similar.  Other common jobs included farming, building, textiles and drapery and working on the railways. 

Given how much careers have evolved over the past 100 years, we are excited to find out how young people imagine careers of the future. 

Are they careers in a utopian or dystopian future? Humorous jobs, terrifying jobs or will we be watching robots do it all for us? 

This competition is open to classes in primary schools and is an opportunity to consider what may change in the lifetime of pupils. We look forward to them applying their creative skills to produce an imaginative, insightful and engaging poster to recruit people into this career of the future. 

Please submit your poster to us by Friday 3 June. To submit your poster please click here. 



Entries will be judged by members of the CDI team based on the idea behind the chosen career and the quality and inventiveness of the poster. We’ll publish the winner and a selection of entries in Career Matters and on the CDI social media channels.



The winner will receive a certificate from the CDI and £100 of book vouchers for the school’s career department. This prize is kindly donated by Trotman, trusted publishers of educational resources and career guidance books for over 50 years. (You can view their book range here).

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Competition entry details 

  • This competition is only open to primary school classes. 
  • Only one entry will be admitted per class. Multiple classes in a school may enter. 
  • The poster must be submitted electronically (pdf preferred or PowerPoint, Word, jpg or png) by 11:59pm on Friday 3 June 2022.  
  • Your submission must be in the form of a poster to recruit people into a career that they imagine could exist in 100 years, with an optional description of up to 200 words. 
  • You must submit your entry using this entry form. 
  • Judging will consider the poster and the description. Shortlisting will be based on the quality of the idea behind the chosen criteria and the creativity of the poster. 
  • The winner will be decided by members of the CDI team by the end of June 2022.
  • Winners will be contacted directly via the details supplied and be announced through CDI channels including on the CDI website. The winning entry and school name and location may be included in press releases by the CDI. 
  • The CDI will contact the winner to arrange delivery of the prize.