The Careers Programme takes pupils through a series of guided opportunities from Year 7 to Year 13. Our aim is for each girl to be aware of and understand:
- Career exploration: investigating opportunities in learning and the world of work; the opportunities available through Higher Education or training
- Career management: how to make and adjust plans to manage change and transition; understanding the changes taking place in the world of work and how to adapt accordingly; identifying goals and how to reach them; the importance of hard and soft skills
- Self-Development: how to begin to understand yourself and things that influence you; knowing your own strengths and weaknesses
For Years 10-13 information and inspiration is provided by school staff, outside providers and professional ‘friends’ of the school currently engaged in a huge variety of careers. We are lucky to have the support of many parents and an increasing number of alumni who are a great source of inspiration for the girls. We offer sessions on CVs, interviews and current work practices as well as information about specific careers via Form Time sessions. The after school Minerva club also provides an opportunity to invite speakers from different professions. Similarly, there is a programme of speakers set up for some assemblies for Years 10 – 13.
Careers by Year Group
Year 7 pupils have an opportunity to look at the context of Careers and what this means for them and their future; their own goals and aspirations and motivating factors as well as employment categories, skills, ability and qualities. We have recently become a partner school for InvestIN Education, who deliver introductory Careers sessions appropriate to this age group.
Pupils in Year 8 follow a programme designed by Cre8tive Careers, which introduces girls to the above areas in an enjoyable way.
Pupils have individual interviews in Years 9, 11 and in the Sixth Form. Parents are invited to attend and the interview in Year 9 is conducted by the Head of Careers. The aim of this meeting is for pupils to widen their appreciation of their own strengths and talents as well as to consider GCSE options. Their syllabus for the year focusses on making good decisions, the relationship between school and the working world, what employers want, the importance of research into careers and identifying interests and strengths.
Pupils in Year 10 consider the value of research and information for their future as well as looking at workplace politics and discipline. Towards the end of the year pupils will sit the online Morrisby test which may help them as they begin to consider A Level choices in Year 11.
In Year 11 work experience is promoted and a professional company, Tinker Tailor, provides bespoke, independent and transformative career guidance to encourage and support girls’ applications for work experience placements through interactive workshops. Girls produce their own CVs at school in readiness for work experience. Pupils have a Year 11 interview which focuses on their choice of A Level subjects, and time is taken to discuss the right choice of subjects. Parents are often keen to know about university and how A Level choices affect life beyond school.
Interviews in Years 12 and 13 are given by the Sixth Form team. Help is provided with university choice and applications via the assessment tests and interviews provided by MyUniChoices. There is also a visit from a university representative to give guidance on the writing of personal statements. In Year 12 Tinker Tailor provides a workshop on workplace skills and personal impact in the workplace. In Year 13 Tinker Tailor provides a master class on finding employment as well as a CV surgery. As part of the Survive and Thrive programme just before Year 13 leave school, there is a presentation and discussion on the latest findings of the Graduate Careers Conference, held annually. The Head of the Sixth Form is on hand at all times to provide pupils with advice and support on an on-going basis. The Head of Careers can also be contacted for guidance at any time.
There is a biennial Careers Forum for Years 9-13 where girls choose to attend around 6 talks from among 30-40 professionals from many fields.