Learning About Careers In Years 7 - 11
Through tutorial sessions in the Summer Term, we give students in Year 7 a gentle introduction to the realities of working life and they learn about the financial costs and benefits of different lifestyles. They begin to consider the various pathways leading to certain careers and see when in life they will have to make decisions about those paths.
In Year 8, careers work is linked to the GCSE subject choices that students will be making. We discuss how globalisation and technological innovation is changing the world of work. We teach the importance of adaptability through developing and evidencing key employability skills. Students are shown how to research careers pathways through the Careers Library and IT programmes giving up-to-date LMI (Labour Market Information). This is a course that is integrated with the Silver Library Skills certificate. Work-related vocabulary introduced in Year 7 is expanded as part of the Library research activity.
We build on the ideas introduced in Year 8 regarding the necessity of adaptability and flexibility when it comes to careers journeys and the development of employability skills. We also teach students about basic employment law, especially in regards to young people.
Students learn about job application through the process for securing work experience placements. They develop skills in writing CVs, letters of application and professional conduct through email and telephone conversations with employers. They are also taught about interview skills. We expect all of our students to have secured a placement by the end of the academic year.
Students use more sophisticated ICT to help them refine their careers/Key Stage 5 options research. Sixth Formers and senior staff deliver sessions giving advice and guidance on making A-Level choices. Local F.E. providers talk about technical qualifications (i.e. Apprenticeships and T-levels)
For each student, there is a consultation discussion with an independent advisor from Careers South West, as well as with a senior member of school staff. These discussions are designed to give extra support in decision making.
A week of work experience in October gives students a deeper understanding of the qualities that are valued in employment, as well as an opportunity to develop their confidence, and to reflect on their own ideas for career paths.