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Careers

Advice and Guidance

The school has an appointed Careers Leader (Dr J Rose, Assistant Headteacher) who is the main point of contact in school for matters relating to Careers Education.  Please use the main school contact information to contact our Careers Leader.

This document was written for National Careers Week, it contains useful information regarding options after both GCSEs and Sixth Form:

Our careers programme is reviewed regularly and takes place through the curriculum, PSHE lessons, assemblies and in a range of events throughout the school.  A typical programme is shown here. However, this is liable to change due to the impact of Covid-19 on what we are able to do in and out of school.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Careers Leader or Head of Year.
The impact is measured by considering the routes taken by our students both at age 16 and 18.
Please use the links below to access our Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy:

Useful Websites

Writing a CV

For help on knowing how to look and apply for jobs, including how to write a curriculum vitae (CV), the following website might be helpful.

Post 16 Providers

The majority of our students remain with us for the sixth form, however a few students choose alternative subjects or providers which are closer to home. The websites below are worth looking at if an alternative is required.

Apprenticeships (Post 16 or Post 18)

Apprenticeships have been transformed in recent years to offer a much wider range of opportunities than previously, the most recent guide for parents explaining modern apprenticeships can be found here.

Universities

There are a large number of universities all with their own websites and promotional material. All universities will be slightly different in terms of their atmospheres, facilities and the courses on offer.
There is no substitute to visiting on an open day (or attending a virtual one), however you do need to do some research first and may find the following a useful starting point.

Students are allowed 5 days over the two years in Sixth Form to visit universities and colleges. More details are available from the Head of Year 12 and the Head of Year 13. Please remember to request permission 7 days in advance, by emailing head@kechg.org.uk.
The website unistats (now called Discover Uni) is the official website for comparing higher education course data. The site includes information on university and college courses, Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) ratings, student satisfaction scores form the National Student Survey, employment outcomes and salaries after study as well as other key information for prospective students

If inspiration for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs is required then then this could be of use.

Careers Websites

There are many websites available which provide information about careers. Some are directly related to particular industries and others are less specific. However some of the following may be of use.
To find out more about what career areas may suit - complete this test and then research the options that are shared.

The following websites include all areas and can often be searched by subject and/or interest area. Some also include information about pay and promotion prospects.

There are also many subject based or profession based websites that have careers sections, e.g.

Many students are interested in medical careers, but it is worth remembering that the Health Service requires a wide range of professional staff as well as the doctors. These websites give you information about some of these other roles.

There are many websites which promote independent activities to support career choices. It is also worth looking out for the many competitions that run in school. Participation in these will develop skills that employers will be looking for.
The following organisations run activities to support STEM careers

The University of Birmingham has a scheme called Routes to the Professions which provides support for students considering courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Accounting & Finance and Engineering.
Nationally it is known that there is a significant mismatch between the careers that young people wish to pursue and the opportunities available. Labour Market Information (LMI) can be used to help students and parents understand the salaries and promotion opportunities for different jobs, as well as the volume and location of vacancies in different sectors of the job market. You may find it helpful to use the Labour Market Information which can be investigated using Careerometer widget below.

 

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Other Useful Information

We are a partner school of an organisation called InvestIn which offers a wide range of courses for students in Year 10 and above to support with progression into the job market and further educations. There is also a narrower range of opportunities for students in Key Stage 3. As a partner school our students can obtain a 10% discount on the 2 day programmes, and currently a 15% discount on the summer internship programmes. We are also able to access 6 bursary places for the 2 day courses per year. If you would like to have the discount codes or apply for a bursary place for a specific course, please contact Dr Rose.

Medic mentor is another useful website which runs courses for medics, dentists and potential vets.