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Careers

 

Students in the Academy have the opportunity to use the Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) provision within the school. This is delivered through PSHE lessons, assemblies, coaching time as well as specific Careers and Work Related Learning activities. The school has a dedicated Work Related Learning Coordinator and Careers Advisors who are responsible for such provisions across the year groups.

One to one guidance interviews are available at key transition times i.e. Post 16 choices.  Careers resources are consistently updated and developed to provide a quality careers area that is available to all students. 

The academy wants all young people to leave with an ambitious, achievable, career goal and the knowledge of how to get there.

Our young people have access to a wide range of opportunities over different year groups to learn about different careers and the employability skills required to get them. These include:

  • One to one interviews with a qualified careers advisor
  • Careers education in coaching time
  • Visits to universities and colleges
  • Work experience placements
  • Enterprise days
  • Employability workshops run by local employers
  • Help with letter writing, CV building and interview skills
  • Use of online software to self-assess future career interests and research pathways into chosen fields.
  • Talks from subject specialists
  • Information in lessons where relevant
  • Intervention mentoring programme for students struggling to find the correct path when they leave

The academy uses enrichment days (6 days where the school timetable is suspended), coaching time and assembly time to deliver these.

The plan for each year group is below:

 

St Mark’s Careers Programme

Year 7

 

  • Moon base Challenge run by Enabling Enterprise – Employability skills workshop
  • Teach First trip –Critical thinking, communication and speaking skills workshop.  Students also attend a series of taster lessons delivered by University students and learn more about Life at University 
  • Start –online careers programme which enables students to create a profile and record their achievements and skills via an on-line Locker.  

 

Year 8

  • Enact Theatre -drama based learning that provides information about the amazing range of jobs that are available within the NHS.
  • Careers day using Career Pilot– “It’s never too early to plan your Career!” –students spend the day completing careers-based activities, they complete the Icould quiz and look at the skills required for different jobs and their own skills. They also complete the Y8 Career Action Plan booklet
  • Start - online careers programme which enables students to create a profile and record their achievements and skills via an on-line Locker.  
  • National Careers Week (NCW) –students are given information around the subjects they study and Labour Market Information (LMI) through a series of engaging and stimulating lessons during tutor time
  • Assembly about Apprenticeships –delivered by the Director of Apprenticeships in the South Thames Colleges
  • History of the Parliament Assembly –delivered by the Parliament’s Outreach officer

Year 9

  • Life at University Assembly –delivered by the Outreach Officer from the University of Westminster
  • Trip to CITY and Westminster Uni - Students have an enriching day learning about life at University, both social and academic aspects. Students are given a tour of both campuses including the opportunity to see a lecture theatre and seminar classrooms. Students can ask questions to the student ambassadors about their experiences at university and they also engage in various activities including a monthly budgeting task.
  • Careers Day: CV writing & Barclays Life skills workshop -Students are given the opportunity to learn more about Employability skills and what makes one employable by participating in the engaging and interactive workshop run by Barclays.
  • Start online careers programme which enables students to create a profile and record their achievements and skills via an on-line Locker.  
  • National Careers Week related activities in Coaching Time
  • Creative Industries festival -Students with an interest in media, fashion design and IT have the opportunity to meet and interact with companies such as Apple and Google

Year 10

  • Life at University Assembly, Westminster University
  • Trip to Roehampton University and Kingston University - Students have an enriching day learning about life at University, both social and academic aspects. Students are given a tour of both campuses including the opportunity to see a lecture theatre and seminar classrooms. Students can ask questions to the student ambassadors about their experiences at university and they also engage in various activities including a monthly budgeting task.
  • Careers day –WEX CV writing -Students are given the opportunity to learn more about Employability skills and what makes one employable by participating in the engaging and interactive workshop run by Barclays.

 

  • Careers Interviews with our Careers Adviser every Tuesday

 

  • Trip to Unilever Workplace visit - A fantastic way to engage students with a local business and make real links to viable career pathways. Workplace Visits are half-day workshops, designed by Teach First, which focus on equipping students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to access careers at top employers.

 

  • Launch Assembly WEX programme -Students to find out more about how they can secure a placement and the application process.

Year 11

  • St Mark’s 6th form transition -Students have the opportunity to experience a number of lessons at A Level, meet the teachers and discuss their future Careers pathways.
  • Speed date: “Meet the employers” – Employers at all levels, from apprentices to CEOs, working in a huge range of roles talk to the students about their jobs in an interactive and engaging activity.
  • Careers Interviews with our Careers Adviser every Tuesday

 

  • South Thames Colleges -Students visit one of the colleges to learn more about Apprenticeships and courses available to them.

f you are a parent concerned that your child will not continue with education, employment or training when they leave St Mark’s and would like to request intervention mentoring, please email Mr Hampton: lhampton@stmarksacademy.org.uk

If you are a student and you have forgotten your username and/or password or need help logging on, please email Ms Glymidou: AGlymidou@stmarksacademy.org.uk

If you are an employer or FE/sixth form college who would like to talk to our students, please contact Mr Hampton: LHampton@stmarksacademy.org.uk

Please click on this link at the bottom of the page to download our provider access policy.

 

 

Useful websites

www.nationalcareersweek.com  tips on looking for work experience 
www.careersworld.co.uk tips about work experience   
www.apprenticeships.org.uk information about all levels of apprenticeship including Higher Apprenticeships that include studying for a degree 
www.careersbox.co.uk useful for exploring different careers
www.plotr.co.uk  user friendly careers quiz with lots of information about career sectors and job role

 

Other useful resources for School leavers:

To discover more information to support you when leaving school, check out the following links:

Leaving school this summer?
https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/leaving-school-summer

Leaving school: your options
https://www.mygov.scot/leaving-school-options/

How to decide what to do after leaving
https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/i-want-to-choose-my-next-step/school/how-to-decide-what-to-do-after-school/

The Student Room: Emotional about leaving school
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=207674

A word of advice for school leavers: 'know yourself and don't be afraid to fail'
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/11715615/A-word-of-advice-for-school-leavers-know-yourself-and-dont-be-afraid-to-fail.html

A guide to school-leaver programmes: advice from our experts
https://www.theguardian.com/careers/school-leaver-programme-advice-experts

The top ten skills that'll get you a job when you leave school
https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-experience/40-the-top-ten-skills-that-ll-get-you-a-job-when-you-leave-school

Helping your child prepare to leave school
https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/helping-your-child-prepare-leave-school

If you are a parent or student who would like a new login/password, please email Mr Hampton: lhampton@stmarksacademy.org.uk

If you are a parent or pupil who would like to request a one to one careers interview with an independent careers advisor, please email Ms Glymidou: AGlymidou@stmarksacademy.org.ukI