Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
At St Peter’s we actively encourage and inspire young people to take ownership of their career plans and to consider all options open to them so that they are able to select the best way forward for their aspirations, abilities, interests and learning styles.
We encourage students to think broadly and ambitiously about their future education and career options and to consider current labour market conditions to ensure they make well informed decisions about their futures. This is strengthened by excellent relationships and contact with independent careers advisers, local employers, training providers, colleges, universities and school alumni.
Our extensive careers education programme ensures students in years 7-13 receive timely information, advice and guidance regarding the full range of options available to assist them to make informed decisions about their next steps in education, training or employment.
The Careers Service in school is provided by Head of Careers, Mrs Sarah Beeton, and is supported by Mrs Georgina Blackburn, an independent Careers Adviser
Where to find us
In the Careers office at the bottom of the maths block.
The office is staffed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Any student is welcome to drop by during break times and lunchtime or to email appointment requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
One to one guidance appointments are available during the school day and, wherever possible, are arranged in free periods for sixth form students and by agreement with teaching staff in KS3 and KS4.
How can careers staff help you?
One to one guidance interviews are client centred, whereby you set the agenda for the interview. You have the opportunity to discuss your career plans and to consider a wide range of options that best suit your aspirations, strengths, abilities and learning styles. By providing individualised and impartial information, advice and guidance, we can help you to:
- Research your career ideas,
- Investigate learning and work opportunities,
- Research the local and national labour market,
- Evaluate your options and decide on the action needed,
- Make year 10 and sixth form/post 16 and post 18 option choices
- Prepare a CV,
- Apply for part time employment or Apprenticeships,
- Discuss university courses,
- Find a work experience placement (Yr,12 & 13)
Further opportunities and information available here: www.stpeterscareers.wordpress.com
It is never too soon to start exploring your career ideas. Why not visit the school library where you can access a wide range of books to help you explore different career ideas. Alternatively, try looking at the wide range of careers websites that are available as they may help when choosing your year 10 options pathway:
In year 11 you will need to make some important decisions about your future pathways. Exploring your career ideas will be really useful.
In addition to the careers activities which you will cover in class, you might also want to talk through your ideas and plans with a registered careers adviser. One to one appointments can be made by calling in at the careers center.
Finding out more about the career sector you would like to work in is an important part of career planning. It can help answer questions such as:-
- Is it a thriving sector or does the economic environment mean there are likely to be closures or redundancies.
- Is the area a growth sector and are new jobs predicted in the future?
- Are there local opportunities for this type of employment?
The following websites will help me to find out more about the labour market:- Nomis – Official Labour Market Statistics www.nomisweb.co.uk Graduate Prospects www.prospects.ac.uk and LMI For All www.lmiforall.org.uk
LMI For All www.lmiforall.org.uk is an online data portal, developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can help inform your choices about careers.
Useful Careers websites
Further opportunities and information available here: www.stpeterscareers.wordpress.com Apprenticeship vacancies, labour market information, careers information etc
Complete the Spartan Test on SACU to produce career and subject suggestions.
Careerpilot A good website with local information about job sectors and option choices
If you’d rather listen than read, then try watching some of the podcasts and short videos of people talking about their jobs on icould.
If you are aged 13 and over you can also access lots of useful careers information and talk to a trained careers adviser from the National Careers Service.
https://successatschool.org is a place for you to explore careers and employers as well as search for vacancies.
In addition there is a wealth of excellent information available on the web. Take a look at some of these websites:
Total Professions enables you to explore a wide range of professional careers and provides information and articles to inspire you to achieve your dream career.
World of Work Another excellent resource to find out about jobs in the south west region.
Careersbox Career films on the web
AutoRaise - http://www.careers.autoraise.co.uk technical apprenticeships in in the Vehicle Repair industry.
Sixth Form Careers
University? Apprenticeship? Sponsored Degree? Employment?
There are a wide range of possibilities so planning your progression from the sixth form is vital. To ensure you are well informed about the range of opportunities available to you, regularly check out the Careers Blog available on www.stpeterscareers.wordpress.com This contains links to a wide range of websites, information pages, labour market information, Apprenticeship and employment opportunities, specific careers information and relevant news items. This website is a ‘one stop shop for careers information’.
Further personalised guidance is however available from personal tutors and from registered careers advisers in the careers centre.
You can also access a wide range of useful careers information and talk to a trained careers adviser from the National Careers Service.
Careers appointments can be made by dropping into the Careers Centre or e-mailing Mrs Beeton at
Advice on choosing your A levels
- Choose the best A levels for your future, whether you want to go to university or get a job straight after school or college: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/a-level-choices/315491-what-a-level-subjects-should-i-take
- Find out about different options by searching 12 careers sectors full of advice and information such as salaries you can expect to earn, the types of jobs available and what your options are with, or without, a degree: https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors
- Look through graduate job descriptions to find out what each job involves and the qualifications and skills that are most needed: https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions
Advice for students interested in Higher Education
- TARGETcareers university profiles give details such as number of students, student-staff ratio and average UCAS tariff needed: https://targetcareers.co.uk/university-hubs/
- A course search function allows you to browse thousands of courses by university, qualification level, study mode and region: https://targetcareers.co.uk/search/courses
- Find out what university rankings mean by looking at how they are calculated and what measures are used: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/choices-about-uni/384889-what-university-rankings-mean
- Take a look at these degree subject guides to help you decide what to study at university. Look at what content, teaching methods and contact hours would suit you best as well as what careers each subject might lead to: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides
- If you have a career area in mind, look at these various articles to help you understand what degrees would benefit your chosen path. From law to photography, design and TV there are over 15 different areas to explore: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides
- These university reviews tell you what the universities are really like and are written by current students: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/university-reviews
- Find out how much university will cost and get advice about tuition fees. https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/choices-about-uni/50-university-tuition-fees-and-funding
The UK’s 50 most popular universities for school leavers
- Find out the 50 most popular universities in the UK as voted for by school pupils: https://targetcareers.co.uk/top-50-unis
Target Careers website:- https://targetcareers.co.uk/
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Building your CV
- Put together a CV that will show you in the best possible light, whether you are applying for work experience, an entry-level job or apprenticeships and similar programmes: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/198-how-to-write-a-cracking-school-leaver-cv
- Find out about online ability and aptitude tests for school leaver programmes, including numerical and verbal reasoning tests: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/44-online-ability-tests-for-school-leaver-programmes-and-apprenticeships
- Make sure your online application form stands out for the right reasons and helps you get the apprenticeship place you want: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/42-top-tips-for-filling-in-school-leaver-programme-application-forms
University application support
- Find out how to ace your UCAS application with advice articles on starting your statement, what you should include, how it should be structured and how you should handle offers: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/applying-for-uni
- Discover what is appropriate to wear for a university interview and what clothes you should avoid: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/applying-for-uni/314689-what-to-wear-for-a-university-interview
- Use our guide to deadlines to find out the key dates you need to know when applying to uni: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applying-for-uni/52-when-to-apply-for-university-through-ucas
- Find out about the different ways you can gain the work experience you need to impress employers and get hired, whether or not you go to university first: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-experience/388-work-experience-for-school-students-what-you-need-and-how-to-get-it
- Make the most of your work experience by finding out what to wear, how to impress and what you should do once it is completed: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-experience/313849-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-work-experience-placement
Advice for your gap year
- Thinking of taking a gap year before starting university or beginning work on an apprenticeship? Plan ahead so you get what you want out of your time out: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/gap-years/180-how-to-have-a-well-planned-gap-year
University open days
- University open days are a fantastic way of finding out about the universities that you are thinking of studying at and the courses you might want to take. Here are some top tips for making the most of your visits: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/choices-about-uni/313867-how-to-make-the-most-of-university-open-days
The UK’s 100 most popular employers for school leavers
- Take a look at the 100 most popular employers for school leavers as voted for by school pupils: https://targetcareers.co.uk/school-leavers-100
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