Careers

Introduction
Careers Education forms an important part of our curriculum at John Colet School with events and opportunities organised within lessons across subject areas and with special events and opportunities for each year group. These can vary from year to year however typically they include:

Year 7

  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day
  • Science Week
  • PSHE lessons on self-awareness, identifying skills, aspirations, self esteem

Year 8

  • Enterprise Day
  • Science Week
  • STEM Day
  • PSHE lessons on self-awareness, identifying skills, aspirations, self esteem

Year 9

  • Young Chef competition
  • Visit to the Bank of England
  • Business Challenge
  • Enterprise Challenge
  • Entrepreneurs case studies
  • Science Week
  • Chemistry at Work Day
  • Space Centre trip
  • Food industry briefing
  • Individual interviews with impartial careers advisor for identified students
  • PSHE lessons on; aspirations, resilience, making applications, CVs, interviews

Year 10

  • Young Chef competition
  • Individual interviews with impartial careers advisor for identified students
  • Work experience placement for one week
  • Space Centre trip
  • Science Week
  • Careers Fair
  • PSHE lessons on; aspirations, resilience, preparation for work experience, making applications, CVs, interviews

Year 11

  • Into the Sixth Evening
  • Sixth Form interviews
  • Group interviews with impartial careers advisor for all students
  • Individual interviews with impartial careers advisor for identified students
  • Science Week
  • Careers Fair
  • PSHE lessons on; aspirations, resilience, making applications, CVs, interviews

Year 12

  • Maths in Action
  • Individual interviews with careers advisor on request or recommendation by form tutorr
  • Science Week
  • Careers Fair,
  • Queens Park and Saatchi Exhibitions
  • PSHE lessons on personal finance, alternatives to Uni, UCAS applications

Year 13

  • Maths in Action
  • Individual interviews with careers advisor on request or recommendation by form tutor
  • Science Week
  • Careers Fair
  • Queens Park and Saatchi Exhibitions
  • PSHE lessons on personal finance, alternatives to Uni, UCAS applications

How you can help

Parents
As a parent you can help us by encouraging your child to think deeply about their strengths and interests and helping them to keep an open mind and do in depth research into their career options. We also welcome parents who would feel comfortable talking to groups of students about their own careers path, decision making and about opportunities for young people in their type of work.
Parents can also help students by using their contacts to provide work experience opportunities, or to help arrange visits to or from workplaces.

If you are willing to help in these areas please contact our Careers Leader, Mr J Goodman jgoodman@johncolet.co.uk

Employers
Employers can make a huge difference to our students by offering;

  • Work experience and work shadowing opportunities to students in Year 10 and the Sixth Form
  • Visits to or from the workplace for groups of students
  • Advice or mentoring for individual students
  • Information on job opportunities and advice on how to apply for them
  • Coaching students on application methods including interviews, CV preparation and application letters.

If you are are able to help in these areas please contact our Careers Leader, Mr J Goodman jgoodman@johncolet.co.uk

Useful websites

  • A very useful site providing information on how to choose and apply for university courses and some alternatives to university, https://www.ucas.com/
  • Official data for undergraduate courses on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students, https://unistats.ac.uk/
  • A government guide to apprenticeships explaining what they are, the different levels and how to search and apply for them, https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide
  • eCLIPS is an easy-to-use online careers resource that provides regularly updated information on over 1,000 jobs and careers. The site also offers advice on topics relating to options at key stages, education and training, employability skills, job seeking and lifestyle choices
  • A commercial site, but offering advice on a range of topics for parents about their children’s careers, http://www.parentadviser.co.uk/
  • Information on many jobs ( profiles) as well as skill health checks and job hunting, https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ 

Provider Access

All students in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships as part of our careers programme that covers the full range of options at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer through options events, assemblies and group talks and discussions and taster events;
  • To be advised on how to apply for the full range of opportunities.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr J Goodman, Careers Leader, on 01296 623348 or jgoodman@johncolet.co.uk. A number of events in the schools careers programme will offer providers the opportunity to come in to school to speak to students and/or their parents and carers. Please contact our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

The school will make appropriate provision including the main hall, class rooms and private meetings rooms. We can provide appropriate audio-visual and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This should be discussed and agreed in advance with the Careers Leader. Providers are welcome to supply copies of their prospectus and relevant course literature which will be managed by the school’s librarian and students can access this at break and lunchtimes as well as after school.

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