Careers Information

The key aims of our Careers Programme are :

  • To help students identify their own skills in relation to future opportunities.
  • To help equip students with the decision-making skills in order that they can make effective decisions at key transition points in their education.
  • To inform students about the local , national and international labour market.
  • To make students aware of local , national and international employment and study possibilities.
  • To try and equip students with the skills needed to access all opportunities that they seek.
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The PSHE programme in school aims to ensure that students have relevant skills as described above.

Tutor time is also spent working on such skills and discussing opportunities / preparing students for these opportunities. Personal development days also allow the above aims to be implemented.

Students in years 10 -14 can access 1:1 career meeting with Helen Downey and / or Mr Myers. A written report is issued to students after these sessions. A weekly lunch time careers drop-in service is also offered and local colleges , employers and apprenticeship providers do attend this session. Careers advice is also available to all students at key transition points e.g.  year 9 options and the Wollaston School Sixth Form open evening.

All students in years 10- 14 gain information from a variety of sources about the benefits of following an apprenticeship route and options for further study / employment are also promoted. Helen Downey is available at many parents' evenings to support students and their parents. Specific suspended timetable events are also held with the aim of informing students and inspiring them to reach their targeted career goals.  Visits take place to numerous universities and careers events.  Faculties are also keen to make the relevance of their subject matter relate to specific careers and job roles. The annual Wollaston School Careers Fair for Year 10 and year 12 students is supported by local businesses, apprenticeship providers and local , national and international universities.

There are a large variety of websites available to help students and their parents such as:

Skills & Strengths assessment tools

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/skills-assessment

https://icould.com/buzz-quiz (quick and easy – basic profile)

Skills & Strengths assessment tools with suggested future Careers & opportunities

https://careersquiz.complete-careers.com/quiz/

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/skills-assessment

https://barclayslifeskills.com/i-want-to-choose-my-next-step/school/wheel-of-strengths/

Managing your Career Journey & making decisions

https://careerswales.gov.wales/plan-your-career/how-to-make-good-career-decisions

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/getting-a-job/how-to-choose-a-career

https://www.ucas.com/further-education/where-do-i-start

Options at 16

https://careerpilot.org.uk/information/gcses/how-your-gcse-grades-could-affect-your-choices-at-16

https://careerpilot.org.uk/information/your-choices-at-16

https://careerpilot.org.uk/information/your-choices-at-16/thinking-about-a-degree-in-the-future

https://www.ucas.com/further-education/post-16-qualifications/what-qualifications-are-there-16-18-year-olds (includes a quiz to help you find out what qualification may suit your learning style)

https://btecworks.com

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/careers-advice/career-choices-at-16

Options at 18

https://careerpilot.org.uk/information/your-choices-at-18

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices/what-are-btecs

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice/ucas-application/can-you-get-into-university-if-youre-studying-btecs

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zk9sjhv/college/1

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/careers-advice/career-choices-at-18

Exploring … subjects and where they can lead

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/courses

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects

https://careerswales.gov.wales/job-information/subjects

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhst2sg

Exploring … Apprenticeships

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/apprenticeships/should-i-go-to-university-or-do-an-apprenticeship

https://www.ucas.com/understanding-apprenticeships

https://amazingapprenticeships.com

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentices

Exploring … University

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/a-level-explorer Test out which A Levels you are considering and see what degrees they suggest

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice/choosing-a-course

https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/applying-for-university/choosing-a-course

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice/choosing-a-course/which-university-is-best-for-you

Exploring … potential career paths

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmdc382

Exploring … World of work (now or after University)

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/getting-a-job

https://www.ucas.com/careers-advice

Labour Market Information ( LMI )

I’ve got an idea about a job – but what would it really be like?  Where are these jobs?  What would I get paid?  Where could this lead to? What is the culture like and will it suit me?  What is the demand for these jobs in the future.  Remember to critically evaluate the information.

https://icould.com/stories/using-lmi-careers-decisions/

Explore LMI data

https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/what-is-lmi-how-can-it-help-young-people-and-how-do-you-use-it/

https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/job-market-guide

How to use labour market information (LMI) to help make career decisions

Gaining insights …

Taster events, work experience and shadowing, virtual work experience/ webinars and networking

Who do you know that works in now or previously in the sector, role, company etc – can you talk to them?  Interview them to find out the highs and lows and what advice they would give their 17 year old self?

https://www.unitasterdays.com

https://www.springpod.com

https://www.speakersforschools.org/experience-2/vwex/

https://futurefirst.org.uk

Want resources and support that are more interactive?

https://www.mygreatfirstjob.com.  On the website are paid services.  However, if you follow MyGreatFirstJob on social media, they often run free student webinars after school.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/podcasts

https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/employment-help-young-people/choices/career-podcast/

https://youtu.be/eOpq0E6nV0I A Clip from Stacey Dooley’s Nine to Five series.  Some good points to consider when thinking about your future career.

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resource/apprentices-are-amazing-film/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzHRXU9p6bKJtiIAhnzL6hQ/featured  MyPath on UTube – a whole range of videos on the subjects you study and career pathways  as well as featuring different careers.

https://advice.springpod.com/video-series

https://youtu.be/zhpcgpqWc1Q  An American video on Utube.  Useful description of the steps.  When it suggests US websites/ quizzes – there are equivalent links listed above

https://www.unitasterdays.com/ondemand/webinar/98/a-guide-to-your-future-choices-including-study-routes-making-a-level-choices-apprenticeships-t-levels-btecs-and-more-featuring-the-university-of-leicester

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/job-profiles/1 A number of factsheets including videos to highlight different careers

https://www.unitasterdays.com/ondemand A range of video/ recorded presentations on making choices and studying at University (subject taster days) and apprenticeships

Parent/Carer Queries

Any parent / carer with queries about careers related matters should contact Mr Myers via myersb@wollaston-school.net