Careers

A comprehensive careers programme has been developed to help students make informed decisions regarding their future.

CareerPilot

Careerpilot is an impartial, free to use, South of England wide careers website, which provides 13-19 year olds with information about:

  • The full range of progression choices available at 14, 16 and 18
  • Over twenty job sectors which links to100s of job profiles
  • Available providers, qualifications and much more

The site includes Careers Tools enabling students to personalise and save their choices, and has a Pre 16 Skills Map tool.  It also has a Parent Zone.

 

Access Southampton

Southampton City Council's free and impartial guide.   You can find information about:

GCSE Options, Leaving School, Finishing Compulsory Education, Jobs, Support for Young People, Career Links, Apprenticeships, Ambassador Film, The Zone, Jobs Bulletin, Events & Opportunities

 

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is an online careers database containing information on hundreds of different jobs.  It gives you all the essential information you need to know about the job and how to get into it.   There’s a CV Builder and a section for 13-16 year olds with information to help choose options at key stage 3 and 4.

 

Apprenticeships

An increasingly popular study option, apprenticeships are a great way to gain hands-on experience while studying towards an industry-recognised qualification and earning a wage.  They’re available across a range of sectors, from engineering and law to construction and fashion design.

 

UCAS

It is a good ideas to look at the UCAS website, especially if there’s a particular subject you would like to study or a specific university you would like to attend.  The website displays the entry requirements for university courses, the specific grades you will need and course details.

 

Southampton Voluntary Service

There are lots of volunteering opportunities to get involved in.

 

Careers Programme

Year 6 – Career Awareness – ‘The Baked Bean Challenge’ – students identify the array of jobs linked to producing a can of baked beans.

Years 7 and 8 – Sections of the Real Game series are used to help students’ master competencies of self-knowledge, educational and occupational exploration.

An insight into Higher Education:

Year 7 - An introduction to University – What is University?

Year 8 – What courses?

Year 9 – Students have the opportunity to experience the world of work by spending the day shadowing an adult at work.

Year 10 – Students attend workshops on application forms, CVs, telephone and interview skills.

Year 11 – Students take part in taster sessions at Richard Taunton’s/Itchen Sixth Form or Southampton City College.

 

Visits

A comprehensive range of visits are organised throughout the year, these include:

  • University visits (our partner universities are The University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University)
  • Year 7 students have the opportunity to visit a university
  • Taster days for Year 8 – Year 11 students
  • University Challenges
  • Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust – linked to job areas eg Midwifery, Mortuary Technician, Radiophysicist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist
  • Skills Festivals/Job Fairs

 

Careers Fair

In-house careers fair to give students and parents the opportunity to find out about colleges/apprenticeships/armed forces/employment areas

Guest Speakers

A range of speakers from a range of career areas are invited to share their knowledge with students.

College/Apprenticeship

Presentations by colleges and training providers

Mock Interviews

All Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend a ‘mock’ interview with an experienced interviewer from outside of school.

Any business, college or independent training provider wanting to provide information to students should contact Carey Anderson, Careers Lead on 02380325333 or via email carey.anderson@ushschool.org