Careers across the years at Nether Stowe School
The careers information, advice and guidance lead at Nether Stowe Schoo is April Rose
The PSHE careers programme for year 7 centers around introducing students to the wide variety of careers in the real world and how all the different jobs are interlinked within society. They will spend the day working in teams looking at their interests and skills in relation to career choices. On top of this, they will be introduced to pay and how it relates to job role and responsibilities, and then how certain job roles fit into the wider community.
The PSHE careers programme for year 8 builds on the work started in year 7 but becoming more personalized. So students start off by creating their ‘dream cloud’ for their future life – focused on big aspirations. This is then developed by looking at the relationship between income and lifestyle and so further work on pay and budgeting is introduced. Finally they then look at how job roles fit into the community and the importance of this for society.
The PSHE careers programme for year 9 looks at students beginning to create their own personalized career paths with a focus on looking at future careers linked to areas of study, this will help support them through GCSE option choices. During the day they self-evaluate their own strengths, weaknesses and identify opportunities to develop these skills with an idea of relating them to the world of employment. This is to help them complete the day by creating a potential career path of where they would like to end up – setting achievable goals with the first relating to GCSE option choices. Students are also supported with this by a GCSE options assembly lead by an external careers advisor.
The PSHE careers programme for year 10 has sessions on the available post-16 options looking beyond 6th form, and individual sessions on GCSEs, interview preparation, identifying and establishing employability skills and the opportunities to use and practice them. Some pupils will also have the opportunity to have a one to one careers advice meeting with a guidance counsellor who will discuss what their plans for after year 11 and start to look at with them their career options.
The PSHE dedicated to careers for year 11 is centered on life after Post 16. The day starts with an informative assembly recapping the options available to students when they leave school and the importance of having a career plan. They then have the opportunity to analyse existing CVs before creating their own. Students will also have to create three career profiles for potential future jobs, which includes the education pathways to them, background details, etc., which will help, educate students on qualifications and skills needed for their future jobs. Finally students have time to focus on interview technique with practical session where they will look at commonly asked questions before having the chance to actually undergo a ‘mock interview’ which includes a debrief on what went well and areas to improve. The final session of the day pulls together all this so that students create a tailored career action plan, which sets out the ‘dream career’ and then breaks it down into achievable goals.
Within the first term of year 11 all pupils are interviewed by the Senior Leadership Team in school to discuss their plans for after year 11 and this is used to identify any who may need additional support with this. All students also have the opportunity for a personal careers interview with a guidance counsellor who will discuss their plan and available options. We are also hosting a careers fair where students will have the chance to meet with people from all careers and discuss employment options, this will include universities as well as companies like Jaguar Land Rover.
Our 6th form pupils in both year 12 and 13 have separate careers days within school. Years 12 and 13 spend time going over all the options available to them when they leave school, so pupils can consider and plan their future career choices. Time is spent educating students about university as well as completing UCAS applications under the guidance of experienced staff. They also have sessions based around finance and housing in order to support the careers work, and focus on salary, and spending.
Students will also have the opportunity to careers advice on a one to one basis with an external careers advisor. Our year 12 students also attend the UCAS Higher Education Fair at the NEC where they have the opportunity to meet university representatives, employers and gap year specialists as well as attending seminars and talks.
We are also hosting a careers fair where all students from every key stages will have the chance to meet with people from all careers and discuss employment options, this will include universities as well as companies like Jaguar Land Rover.
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