Careers Education, Information and Guidance
It is vitally important that the information and guidance we give to all our students relating to their career pathways and aspirations is accurate, honest and unbiased – we aim to encourage our students to take responsibility from an early age about the decision making process and where it can take them. We have a ‘drip feed’ approach to Careers Education believing that students should know and be aware of the world of work outside of their own school and home environments – careers guidance is taught and offered to all our students starting from Year 7 right through until they leave school – we take pride that this support and help continues and is often accessed by students who have left but return for further help and advice.
So what is ‘careers guidance’ –
‘activities that assist our students in making decisions about future education, training and jobs’
What does that mean for our students and what can they expect?
- All our students ( Years 7 – 11 ) are involved in a 6 week unit of careers related activities during tutor time
- Students in Post 16 receive information and guidance as part of an ongoing process throughout their two years through their Lifeskills lessons, individual interviews, visits, work experience etc
- All students are interviewed in Year 9 and 11 on a one to one basis with a member of the Careers Guidance team
- All students have opportunity to participate in whole school careers related events every year ie. Careers Fair, Careers Speed Date
- Year group events are planned and organised at specific points, ie Year 11 ‘Future Steps Event’, Year 10 ‘What’s it like in the Workplace Event’, North East Partnership Post 16 Event
- Work Experience – we currently organise Work Experience placements for students in Year 12 following a discussion as to what their career pathway intentions are, and then match students to a suitable work experience placement in the Wolverhampton area.
- Visits to universities, local colleges, training providers, employers
- Visits from local employers / companies
- Curriculum related events – individual departments organise subject related events to companies and universities in the area
- Staff are available to talk to at every Parents Evening
How can you help your child as a parent / carer in preparing them for ‘the world of work’?
- Make sure your son / daughter attends school every day – employers regularly tell us attendance/reliability is an essential quality they look for in a young person, and look for evidence linked to that on their application
- Make sure your son / daughter attends school on time – so that they develop good time keeping skills again highly valued in the work place
- Attend your child’s Parents Evening and talk to us about any concerns you have or information you require
- Let us know if you or the company you work for can offer a student a Work Experience placement
- Support your child when he/she attends college appointments, university open days, etc
- Encourage your child to participate in activities outside of school eg sports clubs, youth groups, dance, drama related activities – it will give them something to talk about on an interview, will help develop their confidence and improve their CV
- Don’t sit there and worry – contact us if you require any help or support
Looking into what we want to do with our futures after formal education can be a really daunting prospect. In this section of our website we will be looking at various aspects of employment, careers, training etc, and how you can get where you want in life.
Apprenticeships are a very good way of getting into employment if maybe the college or university route isn’t for you. There are many ways of getting into an apprenticeship and various levels that you can achieve, even as high as degree level. Whilst on an apprenticeship you get the opportunity to gain a qualification, get work experience and get paid, and then maybe go on to get a job. Following apprenticeships, some students go on to highly paid jobs and sometimes complete degree level apprenticeships via direct company schemes.
A CV is a document that employers use to get an idea of what an applicant for a job has to offer. We encourage all students from Year 10 and above to create a CV highlighting their achievements, skills, interests and life aspirations.
A covering letter would be required if you were to apply in writing for a vacancy. It’s a formal introduction for yourself to the employer, you would include a copy of your CV usually. See below for some ideas.
Interviews are expected in all areas of employment, whether it be formal or informal. Some vacancies require more than one interview depending on the level of job advertised. In school we do offer a range of activities that support students in preparing for interviews in the future. Also, we offer one to one support for students who want to improve on their techniques.
University is the gateway to Higher Education. It can give a student a wonderful platform on which to build a successful career. However, before choosing this option it is wise to research whether the area in which you are hoping to go needs a degree level of education. Some areas you would most definitely need this level, some others there are other routes via apprenticeships, college or even a more vocational route. Advice in school is available for all students who are looking into these areas.
This is a useful link if you’re looking for activities.
Student Finance is a scary thought for a lot of students. However, as mentioned in the previous section, if you are choosing to follow a degree level of education, please don’t be put off by the finance. Students are fully informed about this in Sixth Form, and earlier, so they have a full understanding of the procedures for application and what happens after University when you come to pay back your loan.
What can you do as a parent/carer to support your child in preparing them for their future when in ‘the world of work’. There are many areas of school life that can be related to the work place and if we can support students in this understanding, hopefully their transition into work will not be such a
- Good attendance and punctuality are essential to ensure that your child benefits from access to the curriculum in school. But also, when applying for employment/college/university their attendance records will support their application
- Maybe your work place would support your child when work experience is requested, we find many families are able to sort this out.
- Try to attend Parents Evenings as much as possible, this is the perfect opportunity for us to find out about any issues that your child may be having which could be preventing them from accessing information to support them.
- Encourage your child to take part in as many extracurricular activities as possible, e.g. youth clubs, scouts, guides, martial arts, sports related activities, drama, dance,etc., this is a perfect way of enhancing their employability skills as this helps to build confident individuals who are able to converse with a variety of people. These can enhance C.V.’s and also University, College and Apprenticeship applications.
- Support your child at any appointments, either in school or for University, College, Employment.
One to one interviews held with all students
CV writing support
Personal statement writing support
College/university application support
Work Experience is an important part towards your Post 16 development. Here are some resources regarding the Rising 11’s Work Experience.
The following user name and password enables students to access a database of hundreds of local companies that have been checked for the purpose of Work Experience. It will help students secure a placement suitable to meet their requirements. If support is required to access this facility please contact Mrs Barnes directly.