Careers Information and Advice

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What is careers education about?

Careers education prepares you for the world after school.

We provide information, guidance and help with making decisions about the future to all students.

This includes: Options for study up to age 16, (GCSEs, vocational courses etc.); post-16 options including employment, training, sixth form and college study and entry to a range of jobs and careers.

Careers education is delivered during registration time, through PSHE lessons and through special events and activities.

Who can help you?

Rosemary Barker from Derbyshire Careers Service visits the school on a weekly basis to give advice to students about career options. Appointments can be made via Mrs Kelly. Ms Barker attends year 9, 10 and 11 parents’ evenings; no appointment is necessary.

Mrs D Slysz, librarian can provide careers and study related information and advice in the library.

Choosing a Career

There are numerous sources of careers information but as a starting point consider using:

  • The careers library in school –this is open to students during normal library opening hours. The careers library has guides to choosing subjects and careers, books and leaflets about individual careers and careers encyclopaedias.
  • www.direct.gov.uk/NationalCareersService This website has job profiles for hundreds of careers each of which links to more detailed information. The site also carries useful general information such as a skill builder and a guide to CV writing.
  • English Baccalaureate

 

Options at 16

You must continue in some form of learning until you are 18. This could be any of the following:

  • Sixth forms
  • Colleges
  • Apprenticeships
  • Jobs with training
  • Voluntary work
  • Self-employment

The last 3 must include some form of accredited training for approximately one day a week. If you don’t achieve a grade C in English or maths you will be required to take the subjects again at GCSE or an equivalent while you are in your chosen learning option.

The school runs a careers road show, a post-16 information evening for parents and a careers day each year for year 10/11 students when you can look at the options in more detail and meet representatives from schools, colleges, training providers and employers.

Choosing 6th form and college courses

Think about your skills and interests:

  • Do you have the motivation to put in the amount of work needed to succeed at this level?
  • Which subjects do you currently enjoy?
  • What are you good at?

Think about the future:

  • If you have a particular career in mind, make sure your subjects choices are suitable
  • Have a look at the careers your subjects could lead to – do any of them sound interesting?
  • Are you considering studying a particular subject at university? Does it have any specific entry requirements? Find out now!
  • Be aware of the courses and careers that your subject choices could lead to. Use the school careers library; do your research early.

Think about studying:

  • Are you expecting to achieve a higher grade (C or above) in this subject or a similar subject at GCSE?
  • Do the subjects and courses you are considering suit your learning style?

Other things to consider

  • You will usually take more subjects in year 12 than in year 13. You could use this as an opportunity to try something new that interests you at AS level.
  • If you are not sure about any aspect of post-16 education or the suitability of your chosen subjects ask questions NOW. Don’t leave it until you are half way through the course.

Don’t forget…

Choose subjects that you expect to enjoy and find interesting!

This will help to keep you motivated.

 

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