Careers

Careers

Introduction

At St Richard’s, Careers Education and Guidance is the preparation of our pupils for their lives beyond full-time education and is available for all pupils.

Our aim is to inspire and motivate you, and provide you with the information, advice and guidance you need to help you take control of your learning and future working life.

We know that everyone has the ability and potential to develop and grow in their lives and careers, but we understand that sometimes things get in the way and can hold you back. As a college, we are here to help you identify and overcome these barriers and achieve your potential.

 

Pupil Opportunities for Careers Education and Guidance

As a college, we will work with you to support you in making the best transition in and beyond St Richard’s. The majority of the Careers Education, Information and Guidance will be provided via PSHEe lessons.

By the end of Year 9 you will:

  • have been able to use and have regular access to the Careers Information Library
  • know how to make decisions about your choice of GCSE subjects
  • have begun to recognise what skills and strengths you have and how you can use them e.g. working as part of a team, working to a set deadline
  • have received advice and informed support on careers options and GCSE options via staff such as your Personal Tutor, Pastoral Leader and Careers Co-ordinator
  • have used careers-based websites to begin to find out more about the types of work in which you are interested
  • have had opportunities for recording your own achievements e.g. reaching your target grades in subjects

By the end of Year 11 you will:

  • have been able to use and have regular access to the Careers Information Library
  • know how to make decisions about your choice of higher education options
  • have knowledge of a wide range of further and higher education, training and career opportunities
  • recognise what skills and strengths you have and how you can use them e.g. working as part of a team, working to a set deadline
  • have received advice and informed support on careers options and GCSE options via staff such as your Personal Tutor, Pastoral Leader and Careers Co-ordinator
  • have used careers based websites to begin to find out more about the types of work in which you are interested
  • have had opportunities for recording your own achievements e.g. reaching your targets in subjects, achieving prefect status.
  • have had the chance to do Work Experience
  • have begun to develop self-awareness skills for self-reliance and dealing with the world of work and everyday life e.g. working with different groups of people from varying backgrounds.
  • have had the opportunity to meet a variety of adults other than teachers at careers talks, visit and interviews. An example of this is in Year 10 when you have your Work Experience preparation morning and have an individual MOCK interview with an employer.

Downloads:

This website is simple and easy to use, using sophisticated psychometric assessments to highlight each person’s interest, attitudes and motivations. Fast Tomato is then able to suggest individualised and personally tailored careers and courses. Pupils are given genuine insights into accurate and highly relevant career information.

 

To register please contact Mrs Adams for the registration code.

http://www.fasttomato.com/

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

This website is maintained by East Sussex County Council and it contains a broad variety of information, local and national. It is the key site for updating young people on key areas of concerns (e.g. travel grants) and providing links to local support services or providers. It also has links to some of the vital national websites such as the National Apprenticeship Service.

https://www.c360.org.uk/

Applying for college

Choosing your subjects

Find out which A levels you need to get to the next step? E.g. what do you need to get onto the university course / career you want?

Do an internet search for the course requirements for your chosen course/career.

It is always worth finding out what universities generally want for their courses or for specific courses; you can find this information by searching on the UCAS website.

A good suggestion is to choose 3 subjects relevant to your career or university choice and 1 subject you know you will enjoy which might not be relevant – to keep your enjoyment levels up. Colleges often like you to choose 4 subjects and perhaps drop one course if you find it too hard.

Think about doing an apprenticeship at college, most colleges offer them. Please refer to the page on apprenticeships for more information.

 

Choosing your College

Have a look at the colleges in the local area, consider:

  • Do they run the courses you need to do?
  • Can you afford to travel to the college each day?
  • Can you get up early enough to get there?
  • Don’t worry if your friends are not going to the college you are thinking about, you will probably make new friends anyway.
  • Go to the Open Evenings / guided tour days. If you miss these, contact the college and go and see it anyway.

 

Trying using the UCAS progress website, you can explore and compare the courses available at colleges, sixth forms and training providers across the local area. You can search by postcode, subject, and school, college or work-based learning provider for courses for 16-19 year olds.

 

https://www.ucasprogress.com/

 

Applying to a College

Talk about your college application with your parent / carer and get them to check your application for errors / spelling mistakes.

Most applications are made through the UCAS progress website. You will have received your username and password via email. Please ensure that you have had your application checked before you submit.

 

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Appenticeships

Depending on the apprenticeship offered, you can earn money while being trained on the job and get qualifications including a degree, A-levels, NVQs, etc.

 

The apprenticeship website is huge as it is for apprentices, employers, parents, colleges and more, so here are some sections you might be interested in if you just want a quick look:

  • Types of apprenticeship – if there are no current vacancies, remember to register and set up an email alert.
  • Videos & Pictures – videos of interviews and images in the media gallery
  • Search for an apprenticeship in the local area by searching for Apprenticeship / East Sussex
  • Newsletter
  • Apprenticeships on Twitter – Follow @Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeships on Sussex website

 

Links:

https://apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk/navms/forms/candidate/Apprenticeships.aspx

http://www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com/

Employability

What is employability?

 

Employability skills are defined as:

“A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace – to the benefit of themselves, their employer, and the wider economy”.

  • Academic skills: includes specialist knowledge, ability to apply knowledge, logical thinking, critical analysis, and problem-solving, written and spoken communication, ability to use numerical data, computer literacy and research skills.
  • Personal Development Skills: includes self-confidence, self-discipline, self-reliance, awareness of strengths and weaknesses, creativity, independence, knowledge of international affairs, desire to go on learning, ability to reflect, reliability, integrity, honesty and regard for others.
  • Enterprise or business skills: includes entrepreneurial skills, ability to prioritise tasks, time management, interpersonal skills, presentational skills, ability to work in teams and leadership skills, commercial awareness, flexibility, innovation, independence and risk-taking.

 

So what does employability mean for you?

Employability is about much more than just getting your first job – it’s about having a positive self-image and presenting yourself successfully, both as a new graduate and throughout your life.

 

Your skills, knowledge and personal attributes and the ability to convey them effectively all contribute to your employability as do your personal circumstances and labour market conditions.

 

You probably already know that you need to get good results, complete some work experience and improve your skills in order to get a good job. As part of this process you will take part in a mock interview in Year 10.

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Work Experience

Year 10 pupils have an one week block placement in the summer term. This week is particularly valuable as it really gives you a chance to experience the world of work. The week should not necessarily be thought of as a ‘Career Taster’ week, as there are some organisations that will not take pupils under the age of 16.

 

All placements are organised via the Aspire database and you will have a username and password issued to you.

 

https://aspire.eastsussex-brighton.org.uk/wexpupilchoiceslogin.aspx?aspirenetview=student

 

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Qualifications Framework
Entry Level If you do not have experience, and are not feeling confident about your abilities, then this level could be a good place to start. Preparation for GCSE

ASDAN

Skills for life

Basic skills

Foundation Learning

Level 1 This covers routine tasks and basic knowledge and it is ideal if you are starting out or are new to the subject area. GCSE D-G

BTEC Level 1 Diploma

NVQ 1

Foundation GNVQ

Pre-Apprenticeship

Level 2 You need to have some knowledge or experience of the subject area. GCSE A*-C

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Intermediate GNVQ

Foundation Apprenticeship

NVQ 2

Level 3 This level will further develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject area. AS Level

A2 Level

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

National Diploma

IB Diploma Programme

Advanced Apprenticeship

NVQ 3

Level 4 – 8 These courses offer specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. Foundation Degree

NVQ 4/5

BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma

BA or BSc Degree

Master’s Degree

Postgraduate certificates & Diplomas

 

 

 

Volunteering

Volunteering is simple. It is about giving your time to do something useful, without getting paid.  It is a useful way of getting experience which is so valuable when applying for jobs. It can also be a great way to: meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience.

 

The range of opportunities is huge and there is no age limit. Whatever skills and experience you have, there is something that you can do.

 

Once you start volunteering you should usually expect:

  • payment of out-of pocket expenses (e.g. travel)
  • a clear idea of what your role will be
  • appropriate training and support

 

If you are not clear about anything, do not be afraid to ask someone.

 

Top Tips

Hints to help you start volunteering:

  • Think about what you want from volunteering: new skills, fun, a chance to contribute to a cause?
  • Think about what you have to offer: enthusiasm, work skills, life skills?
  • Work out roughly how much time you have to give, and how many times a week or month.
  • Remember that anyone can volunteer: whatever your skills, experience or background you should be able to find an opportunity.
  • Ask questions: do not be shy about asking questions as you go through the process of applying for an opportunity.
  • Just try it: often the most difficult part of volunteering is making the first move, so be brave!

 

http://www.do-it.org.uk/