OUR SIXTH FORM CAREERS PROGRAMME
Students are encouraged to drop-in to Student Services to receive impartial, high quality advice and guidance with the option to book a confidential, one-to-one appointment if required. Our advisers will work with the student to develop their own individual action plan that can be accessed throughout the year, creating and completing challenging actions that will help move their lives and careers forward. In these sessions we can explore many different topics such as; skills development, employability skills (CV writing, job searching, interview techniques, building a professional network including social media etc.), exploring motivations and longer-term goals.
For Parents, Guardians and Carers
Over the course of the academic year, there will be events designed to offer support and guidance in helping your son/daughter through their time at College and into their chosen careers.
- Parents’ Induction
- Parents’ Advice Event
- Apprenticeship Open Event
- Parents’ Evenings
Students will have access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities across the year that will help develop a broad set of skills. Activities include; climbing, gaming club, archery, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, international trips (including Florida, Thailand, Los Angeles, ski-ing), debating club and much more.
Careers Advice in Action
Embedded within their studies, students will have access to a range of tutorials tailored to their needs, based on an initial audit of their individual skills. We have open days, visits from employers, visits from Universities and guest speakers to provide insights into the world of work and University-level study. We also actively arrange work experience placements and volunteering opportunities to give a taste of the workplace and arrange competitions and contests to allow students to put their skills and knowledge to the test with nationally-recognised experts in their field.
We are committed to ensuring that students gain the skills for work, learning and life during their time at College, giving them an additional edge when applying for University or employment in a competitive marketplace. All our planned activities focus on developing those skills and behaviours valued by Universities and employers, including:
There are also several independent careers services students can access outside of the impartial advice offered by our College careers advisers.
National Careers Service – https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
This site includes lots of resources about job roles; CV writing, interview techniques and a skills health check to explore your strengths and suggest suitable careers based on the findings. The national helpline and webchat function on the website are open to anybody from the age of 13 upwards.
Our students are encouraged to take ownership of their own career goals. We will recommend resources that provide accurate, relevant and up-to-date information that students can use to start their own research. Some useful places to start include:
- Prospects – https://www.prospects.ac.uk/ An excellent source of information about job pathways once you finish a degree.
- 16Personalities – https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test This personality test (based on the Myers-Briggs personality profiles) explores your personality and explains what your main strengths are and what areas you may need to develop.
- Buzz Quiz – https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/ This fun quiz will help you discover what animal you are – and will also tell you what jobs fit your personality and skills.
- Careersmart – https://careersmart.org.uk/ Another excellent resource for labour market information. You can also use the skills audit to identify areas for development.