The school programme of Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) aims to contribute to the development of pupils as individuals through:-
- increasing their awareness of their present and future choices
- enhancing their skills in dealing with transitions
- enabling their access to Higher Education
- developing their employability
- improving their key skills
- contributing to raising their achievement and motivation
Work experience is an important part of the CEG programme in Key Stage 4. All students in Year 11 spend a week with an employer, which is often their first exposure to the working world. Although the placement isn’t necessarily a career choice, this often helps the student to focus on their studies and their future options. The work experience week is in the summer term immediately after the GCSE exams, in early July.
We work with a company – Sirrond Ltd – who help us to build a database of opportunities. Students are encouraged to find their own placement but the students can also choose a placement from the database. Some placements are also occasionally offered by our Old Owenians, who volunteer experience in specific careers and students have been asked to apply for these positions.
Most of our Sixth Formers apply to university and there are many opportunities in Key Stage 5 for the students to develop their interest in a subject by attending workshops, taster courses, lectures and by obtaining relevant work experience. Our Higher Education programme starts in the Spring term of Year 12 and is delivered to the students right up until they apply in the Autumn term of Year 13.
Every year, we hold a lunchtime programme of Old Owenians Careers Talks, during National Careers Week in March. Students in Years 9-13 are encouraged to attend and have the opportunity to ask practical questions and learn about the different entry routes in to a particular job or profession. This can include advice on CVs, qualifications and the interview process. Please see below a list of careers/speakers from recent years and you can read feedback from students and speakers in our Old Owenians newsletters – see March editions!
2017: Careers in Psychology, Engineering, Geophysics, Publishing, Veterinary Science & Zoology, Pharmaceutical & Biotech Industries, Marketing & Advertising, Neuroscience, Corporate Communications, Royal Navy & Army, Digital Visual Effects, Law, Banking and Medicine.
2016: Careers in the Royal Navy, MD of a major supplier of a Caribbean food & drink company, being an Entrepreneur, creating Apps, being a private pilot, working for the Foreign Office, corporate law, Consultant in Plastic Surgery, specialist Nursing in Neuroscience, Accountancy, author and traveller, Marketing, Talent Management, Journalism and corporate communications and the different routes in to Engineering.
2015: International Careers working with European Commission, Event Management, Journalism, TV Production and Film Making, Book and Paper Conservation and the Cultural Heritage Sector, Stage Management, Zoology and working with animals, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery, Performing Arts and the Classical Music Industry, Town Planning, Pub Industry, Economist with the Bank of England, Finance Directorship, Detective Officer for Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit for City of London Police and Digital Media opportunities.
Resources from speakers are made available in our Careers section of the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Our Science Society also provides lectures from eminent scientists in lunchtime and evening sessions during the year. These are available to our whole school community – students, parents, staff, governors and Old Owenians and promoted via Intouch and on our school website in our Calendar and on our Latest News page.
Morrisby Profile Assessment
Information, advice and guidance are readily available to support all students during their time at the school, particularly at the times of transition (Years 9, 11 and 13). For students at the end of Year 10, we also offer the opportunity (optional) to be assessed using the Morrisby Profile. This is a service which has been specifically designed to help individuals who are making important decisions about courses and careers. You can read more about this on their website:
We have a well stocked Careers Library situated in the SALC (Self Access Learning Centre) in the Bernard Ryan (Sixth Form) Centre and students can drop-in on Monday lunchtimes to use the resources and to speak to the visiting Youth Connexions Personal Adviser. Students can also request an appointment with the school’s Careers Coordinator.
Mrs C Whiter (Sixth Form Manager and Careers Advisor)