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Our Story

Our mission is to help every young person
understand their strengths, interests and
personal qualities so that they can make
better career choices.

Our Story

Our mission is to help every young person
understand their strengths, interests and
personal qualities so that they can make
better career choices.

Our Story

Our mission is to help every young person
understand their strengths, interests and
personal qualities so that they can make
better career choices.

Our Story

Our mission is to help every young person
understand their strengths, interests and
personal qualities so that they can make
better career choices.

What makes us
stand out

Our comprehensive, psychometrically validated tools allow students to see the career paths,qualifications and courses which best match their individual capabilities.

Our unique and rigourous approach has helped over one million students make confident choices about their future.

John Mainstone and Dr Barry Trapnell

Our history

Our understanding of how best to help young people plan their careers goes back over 35 years. Our founder, John Mainstone, had a successful career in industry, publishing, and teaching, and later established MyFutureChoice (formerly Cambridge
Occupational Analysts (COA)) whilst head of careers at a
secondary school in Norfolk. He developed a series of questions to assess pupils’ interests, abilities and personal qualities to help
them with their careers and degree course choices.

As technology progressed, John converted this lengthy system of one-to-one interviewing, into a computer-based questionnaire which could be completed in 40 minutes.

Teaming up with Dr Barry Trapnell, a former headmaster at Oundle School, they devised and refined a careers programme to meet demand from a growing number of schools. The interest based and aptitude tests were carefully developed in
conjunction with occupational psychologist, Dr Charles Johnson.

Since then, we have worked with thousands of schools in the UK and around the world, who have used our tools to ensure their students make more informed choices at every stage of their career journey.

Our understanding of how best to help young people plan their
careers goes back over 35 years. Our founder, John Mainstone,had a successful career in industry, publishing, and teaching,and later established MyFutureChoice (formerly Cambridge Occupational Analysts (COA)) whilst head of careers at a secondary school in Norfolk. He developed a series of questions to assess pupils’ interests, abilities and personal qualities to help them with their careers and degree course choices. 

As technology progressed, John converted this lengthy system of one-to-one interviewing, into a computer-based questionnaire which could be completed in 40 minutes.

Teaming up with Dr Barry Trapnell, a former headmaster at Oundle School, they devised and refined a careers programme to meet demand from a growing number of schools. The interest based and aptitude tests were carefully developed in conjunction with occupational psychologist, Dr Charles Johnson.

Since then, we have worked with thousands of schools in the UK and around the world, who have used our tools to ensure their students make more informed choices at every stage of their career journey.minutes.

John Mainstone and Dr Barry Trapnell

Rigorous
psychometric tools

From initial exploration of potential paths to making critical decisions about study and careers post-16 and post-18, all of our tools have been carefully designed to help students make the best choices with confidence.

Each one has been carefully developed in conjunction With occupational psychologist, Dr Charles Johnson. Our commitment to continual improvement means they are highly accurate, robust and psychometrically reliable.

Meeting Gatsby
Benchmarks

Providing high quality careers education, information and guidance which meets the diverse needs of every student is a critical challenge for every school today. 

Schools that put MyFutureChoice tools at the heart of their careers programme can not only be confident they are meeting their obligation to provide independent careers advice to all of their 12-18 year-old students, but that they will help them to meet the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance.

MyFutureChoice provides a stable careers programme which addresses the needs of each pupil, providing them with information and insight to explore the future education and employment options best suited to their strengths. 

Providing high quality careers education, information and guidance which meets the diverse needs of every student is a critical challenge for every school today. 

Schools that put MyFutureChoice tools at the heart of their careers programme can not only be confident they are meeting their obligation to provide independent careers advice to all of their 12-18 year-old students, but that they will help them to meet the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance.

MyFutureChoice provides a stable careers programme which addresses the needs of each pupil, providing them with information and insight to explore the future education and employment options best suited to their strengths. 


Always evolving

From the technology which connects students with our tools,to the careers and study options available to them, the landscape in which MyFutureChoice operates is a world away from the days when John Mainstone first started working with schools.

One thing that remains unchanged today is our original goal of giving every student the tools to make the best informed decision about their future. 

From the technology which connects students with our tools,
to the careers and study options available to them, the landscape in which MyFutureChoice operates is a world away from the days when John Mainstone first started working with schools.

One thing that remains unchanged today is our original goal of giving every student the tools to make the best informed decision about their future.

Help your students make more informed career choices.