Your parents/carers are also welcome to come to your careers interview, if you would like. Speak to anyone in the POD, to let us know.
Our Careers Adviser is also available at parents evenings' from year 9 and at the Sixth Form open evening, as well as being on hand to provide support at GCSE and A level results days.
You will learn about issues related to careers as part of the Character and Culture programme, which takes place throughout your time at school.
In addition to this, we arrange:
- assemblies on careers related topics
- visits to employers and careers related events
- a careers fair at school in the summer term
- careers related input in each subject (particularly during National Careers Week, in March each year)
- apprenticeship application support and workshops for Year 11s and 13s
Click here for our Careers Learning Journey, a visual representation of our careers programme.
For any questions, speak to your form tutor or head of year or ask in Student Services. You can also speak to:
Karen Parker – Careers Leader – office next to M25
Fred Fortune – Careers Adviser – office next left along the corridor past the POD
Fred is usually at Holy Family on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
There are 4 main steps to choosing a career:
- Knowing yourself: your interests, work preferences, strengths and weaknesses
- Exploring what careers exist
- Researching, in detail, careers that interest you the most
- Planning how to get into your chosen career
You will have heard of a lot of careers but there are hundreds of different careers in the UK. You could easily miss something you would really like if you don’t do some exploring. To find out what careers relate to lessons or other things that interest you, type it into the search box on: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/, for example…
A great way of getting some idea of what careers might suit you, is to use a ‘career matching website’. For a basic version (recommended for years 7 to 9), go to The Buzz Quiz at https://icould.com/. For a more detailed one, register at www.startprofile.com. The Start site is recommended from year 10 upwards and is used in lessons.
Who can help?
The school’s Careers Adviser can help, for example talking through information with you and helping you to compare options and telling you more about routes into careers and local courses/options that would fit.
Teachers and parents can help you work out your strengths and weaknesses and may know more about careers that interest you.
You must be ‘in some form of education or training until you are 18’. This includes the following forms of education and training:
- A sixth form
- A full time college course
- A part time college course
- An apprenticeship
(What it doesn’t include is a job that doesn’t include training for any qualifications.) As a result, there are many options available for after your GCSEs.
It is sensible to explore more than one option or institution, to work out for yourself, where is best for you, rather than relying on other peoples’ opinions. When looking into different options, there are some questions you should consider:
- If you’ve done it before, do you enjoy the subject?
- How is it assessed? (Do you prefer coursework or exam?)
- How does it differ from GCSEs? What topics will you be learning?
- How do your teachers feel you will cope with it? Do they have concerns?
- What have people, who have done this course/apprenticeship before, gone on to do next? What grades did they get?
- Where is it based? Is there help available with the cost of transport?
- Are there any opportunities for work experience?
- What GCSE grades do you need to get on the course/apprenticeship?
- What qualification(s) would you get from doing this?
Finally, do NOT choose a course simply because it looks good or because your friend is studying it! Choose it for the simple reason that you enjoy it and it could relate to what you want to do in the future.
For more detail, try this site: I Could.
For websites, telephone number and open evening dates for local options, click here.
What jobs are available – “Labour Market Information”
Labour Market Information tells us:
- What jobs are available?
- How many are there?
- Where are they?
- How do you get into them?
- Future Trends
You can use this information to work out which jobs are easiest to get where and how much people get paid, on average, in different career areas AND how this is expected to change. History is littered with careers that disappeared and you need to make sure you don’t choose something that will disappear.
This ‘Careerometer’ (the 3 boxes below) is something you can use to look careers up and get basic labour market information.