The aims of the Careers Department are to:
- Provide careers education as part of the PSHE programme.
- Provide impartial careers information and guidance.
- Encourage pupils to investigate opportunities and make informed choices appropriate to their personalities, interests and aptitudes.
Our objectives are to:
- Complete the Preview Questionnaire and interview process for at least 95% of Year 10/11 pupils.
- Provide work experience to Years 11-13 pupils whose parents elect to undertake it.
- Complete a 1:1 careers interview for 100% Lower Sixth pupils.
- Ensure Lower Sixth pupils attend the Careers Fair and talks.
- Arrange at least ten lunchtime talks during the year.
There are two part-time members of the careers team and a further nine teachers deliver the Careers Education programme as part of the PSHE curriculum.
This begins in Year 10 and the programme up to Year 13 includes the nature of work, possible career interests, job applications, preview questionnaires and follow-up interviews, and help with the preparation of CVs. In Year 11 all pupils are encouraged to undertake work experience and this is also encouraged and supported in the Sixth Form.
The Careers Department is situated on the first floor of the Kelvin Building with a bright and inviting library and a computer resources area (eight networked workstations and teaching screen) with seating for 12. The careers office adjoins the open plan area. The Careers Department purchases a number of on-line licences that give access to careers profiling and advice.
Parents are invited to enrol their children in the Preview Questionnaire and Interview Process at half-term in the Summer Term of Year 10, with at least 98% take-up. The questionnaire is conducted en masse in one lesson and the questionnaires are sent for processing externally over the Summer Holiday. At the beginning of the Autumn Term in Year 11, the pupils are interviewed twice by the same external careers adviser (from Cambridge Occupational Analysts). In the first interview, the findings of the questionnaire are discussed and pupils agree a research programme to investigate potential careers. In the second interview, these findings are discussed and any further research agreed. Pupils are grouped and allocated to individual Careers & University strand teachers by broad careers interest. This will enable selection of more appropriate case studies and activities for different interests. Pupils are encouraged to use the on-line resources that come as part of the Preview service.