Info for Parents and Pupils
Advice and Guidance
This document was written by the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) and contains useful information regarding options after both GCSEs and Sixth Form:
Our careers programme is reviewed regularly and takes place through the curriculum, PSHE lessons, assemblies, day events and in a range of events throughout the school. A typical past programme is shown here. However, this program has changed between 2020-2021 due to the impact of Covid-19 on what we were able to do in and out of school. We anticipate a full program of Career events will begin to resume between 2021-2022. A proposed Career Program will be published in September 2021.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Careers Leader or Head of Years or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use the link below to access our Pupil, Parent and Carer Entitlement Policy:
The Impact of Our Careers Programme
The school will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school. In addition, the view of students and parents will be surveyed after key events. e.g. Year 9 Careers Information Evening, Year 11 Work Experience, Year 11 & Year 12 Careers interviews.
Words for Work
For help on knowing how to look and apply for jobs, including how to write a curriculum vitae (CV), an elevator speech or dealing with trick interview questions the following website might be helpful
There are many websites available which provide information about careers. Some are directly related to particular industries and others are less specific however some of the following may be of use.
To find out more about what career areas may suit - complete this test and then research the options that are shared.
The following websites include all areas and can often be searched by subject and/or interest area. Some also include information about pay and promotion prospects.
There are also many subject based or profession based websites that have careers sections, e.g.
Many students are interested in medical careers, but it is worth remembering that the Health Service requires a wide range of professional staff as well as the doctors. These websites give you information about some of these other roles.
There are many websites which promote independent activities to support career choices. It is also worth looking out for the many competitions that run in school. Participation in these will develop skills that employers will be looking for.
The following organisations run activities to support STEM careers
The University of Birmingham has a scheme called Routes to the Professions which provides support for students considering courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Accounting & Finance and Engineering.
Nationally it is known that there is a significant mismatch between the careers that young people wish to pursue and the opportunities available. Labour Market Information (LMI) can be used to help students and parents understand the salaries and promotion opportunities for different jobs, as well as the volume and location of vacancies in different sectors of the job market. You may find it helpful to use the Labour Market Information which can be investigated using 'Careerometer interactive' from the website below.
MyFirstChoices is our introductory programme for Year 8 and 9 students to inspire them to start thinking about careers and how they relate to their interests and skills
MyCareerChoices helps identify the career areas in which students are most interested and relate these to their A level or IB Choices.
My Aptitude is a psychometrically validated set of aptitude tests which give students valuable insights into the work and careers best suited to their skills and interests.