Careers

Careers Advice and Guidance

Our Sixth Form careers programme aims to prepare and support students during the transition between college and university or work. This can be a daunting time for many students, and we are here to support them every step of the way.

Students follow a careers curriculum enriched by outside organisations including Universities, volunteering organisations, local employers and apprenticeship providers.

Our Careers Manager, Gavin Bowles, is based in the main school and is available to meet with students one-to-one to give advice on applying for post-18 opportunities.

Events and opportunities are posted on the Google Classroom '6th Form Careers'. This is updated daily with a host of jobs, volunteering opportunities, apprenticeships, university summer schools and taster events, help with applications, and lots more.


Sixth Form Work Experience

All Year 12 students are encouraged to undertake a week of work experience during the summer term. This should be relevant to the courses they are studying and their future aspirations. Students are given a Work Experience Guide early in the Autumn Term which explains how this works, and a copy is available for parents/carers to refer to in the Letters section. 

Our Sixth Form Administrator, Pauline Carroll, co-ordinates the Work Experience programme and is on hand to give advice. 

The Google Classroom 'Work Experience Opportunities' is where she lists all the placements that she has managed to source, as well as virtual work experience. We encourage students not to rely on this list, but it is a good starting point as many of the employers have taken our students in the past. Opportunities are being added to this throughout the year so students should keep checking it. 

Students feedback:

  • "My Work Experience placement gave me a good insight into a particular field of Engineering."

  • "My work placement gave me further knowledge and understanding of different careers that computer science could lead to and gave me some experience in each of these areas."

  • "I gained a wider understanding of freelance work, how to manage yourself and your clients. It also helped with my photography and industry knowledge."

  • "My placement gave me a glimpse of what animal care is like, which has confirmed that as a possible future career."

  • "I found the whole Work Experience very informative and engaging."

  • "I would like to study accounting and finance at university – my work placement showed me the variety of sectors and jobs that are available in this field of work."

 

Career websites

This is an award-winning online platform which helps students make informed decisions about their university choices. More information

Information on over 750 jobs and you can contact a careers advisor by email, phone or online. More information

Useful website to explore careers by subjects you enjoy or by selecting from A-Z. More information

This website allows you to watch short video clips of people in a wide range of job sectors. More information

Short films on various careers from Medical, Science, Creative and Media to name but a few. More information

Being a doctor or nurse may be the obvious choices, but with 350 medical related careers available, they are certainly not the only ones. More information

An interactive quiz that tests your personality to see how prepared you are for the future. More information

Aimed at students seeking a graduate career.  More information

For students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths. More information

Great website aimed at inspiring young people to build the future that is right for them. More information

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