Careers

What is Careers Education and Guidance (CEG)?

Careers education and guidance is more than just finding jobs or courses for young people when they leave school. Rather it is about realising the potential of our students and nourishing their dreams. A key part of education at Chancellors is learning about the world outside school and thinking carefully about the part you want to play in it. Students are encouraged to learn about themselves, and then to plan how they will take action to develop the skills and qualities they need to achieve their future ambitions. The careers education programme at Chancellors is delivered in a variety of ways from individual careers lessons, careers themed focus days, curriculum lessons linked to careers, to visits from employers and opportunity providers and attending Jobs and Higher Education Fairs.

What do Employers Want? How can I develop my employability skills?

As well as an excellent academic record, employers will want to see evidence of your 'employability' or 'transferable skills'; these include communication skills, problem solving, teamwork and leadership. There are many activities on offer in school, and especially the 6th form, to help develop your employability skills such as: House competitions, music bands, sports teams, drama productions, mentoring, prefect responsibilities, fundraising for charities, voluntary work, membership of clubs and societies, event organisation and school council. Put yourself forward and get involved in extra activities so you can gain new skills, stand out from the crowd, and have plenty to talk about with potential employers or universities.

Can I request a careers guidance interview for help with my future plans?

Independent and impartial one-to-one careers guidance is available to all pupils in years 9-13 on request with Mrs Louise Knight, the school careers adviser. Mrs Knight works at Chancellors every Wednesday during term time and is based in the pastoral block. Students wishing to arrange an individual interview should speak with their form tutor or head of year in the first instance, or come to the drop-in careers clinic held every Wednesday lunch time in the pastoral block. Parents can also contact Mrs Knight for information and advice by email knightl@chancellors.herts.sch.uk or in person at parent's evenings for Years 9, 10, 11 and 12. Parents are very welcome to attend their son's or daughter's careers interview by prior arrangement.

Where Can I go to find Useful Resources Online?

For Career Inspiration and Ideas:

www.careersbox.co.uk - a free library of careers related films.

icould.com - video's and articles on real life career stories.

www.futuremorph.org - career opportunities in maths, science and technology.

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - job profiles, skills assessment quiz and general advice on post school options.

www.sciencecareerpathways.com/home - to find out about careers using science and technology.

Career Zones - Explore different career zones for ideas and job information.


For Help Choosing Your A Level Subjects:

www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices - Written by the Russell Group of Universities, a comprehensive guide to help Year 11 students choose their A level subjects.

Facilitating Subjects - What are facilitating subjects and why choose them?

Why Study...? - For ideas of where studying a particular subject can lead to in future.


For Information on Apprenticeships

www.apprenticeships.org.uk - national website covering everything to do with apprenticeships.

Degree Level Apprenticeships - New 'degree level apprenticeships' - work towards a degree - fully paid for by your employer - whilst training for a highly skilled job.

www.amazingapprenticeships.com - Real apprentices telling their story.

Parents guide - A parent’s guide to apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships guide - a brochure for students.

Apprenticeships guide - printer friendly brochure for students.

Apprenticeships Checklist - how to apply for apprenticeships.

The Top Five Best Apprenticeships in the UK


For Information About University:

www.ucas.com - The UCAS website enables you to search all courses at UK Universities and colleges of Higher Education. This is also where you apply to University and track your progress.

www.unistats.com - the official website for comparing course data, student satisfaction, and other key information on every UK university.

www.push.co.uk - independent guide to University, includes 'Push University chooser', student money and 'Push Talks' videos.

www.university.which.co.uk - a new website by the consumer right's group 'Which', includes a handy 'course search' function plus loads of advice and articles on choosing the right course.

www.thestudentworld.com - Find out more about studying abroad, what different countries have to offer and how to finance it.

www.ukuniversitysearch.com - useful Uni course search function, simply enter your predicted grades, geographical area(s) and type of courses you are interested in.


For Options Other Than University:

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - information and ideas on many opportunities other than University.

www.gapwork.com - help and ideas for organising a gap year and work abroad.

www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk - website to help young people find jobs with training.

www.ucasprogress.com - enables you to search for all post 16 college courses, locally and beyond.

www.schoolleavers.milkround.com/jobs/​ - excellent source of live vacancies from companies offering training schemes and apprenticeships for A level or GCSE entrants.

http://www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org/careers/jobs-apprenticeships/ - To search for local 'live' job and apprenticeship vacancies.

 

Information For Parents

1) What is 'Raising The Participation Age' ?

The government has changed the law to increase the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training.

Pupils starting year 11 from September 2013 onwards will need to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday.

This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:

    • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
    • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training
    • An Apprenticeship

2) How Can Parents contact the School Careers Adviser?

Parents can contact Mrs Knight for information and advice by email knightl@chancellors.herts.sch.uk or meet in person at parent's evenings for Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Parents are also very welcome to attend their son or daughters careers interview by prior arrangement.

3) Guide to Part-Time Work For 13-16 Year Olds

Is your child considering part-time work during the school holidays or whilst at school?

Whilst experience of the work place can develop useful skills, there is employment law for 13-16 year olds that you need to follow in terms of the type of work you can do and the hours you are allowed to work. You may also need to apply for a work permit from Hertfordshire County Council. N.B babysitting, voluntary work and school work experience do not require a work permit.

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