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Careers

Year 7

You will start to learn more about yourself, your likes and dislikes and to become aware of the skills that you and the people around you have.

In your PSHEE lessons, you will start to discuss your skills.

You will discuss your skills, and will start to talk about the careers your parents have chosen, looking a the skills they have and why this makes them good at what they do.

Later in the year you will start to look at money – why is it important.  You may find that some people think money is important for different reasons.  Knowing how you feel about money may help you consider different career choices.

You will be invited to attend careers lunches where you can find out about a range of careers every now and then.  If you are sent an email inviting you to a careers lunch, please don’t be shy – do come along.  I know careers seem a long way off right now, but it is well worth listening to and asking questions of someone whose career may interest you.

 

Year 8

In PSHEE, you will look at

  • evaluating current skills and trying to identify the skills that you will need in 10 years’ time
  • you will look at your relationship with money – learning how to budget for your lifestyle will help you to understand your attitude to money, and its importance to you. This will help you identify whether the salary you will earn is a main driver in your choice of career.
  • By working on the money challenge, you will help to identify and develop your workplace skills.

You will be invited to attend careers lunches where you can find out about a range of careers every now and then.  If you are sent an email inviting you to a careers lunch, please don’t be shy – do come along.  I know careers seem a long way off right now, but it is well worth listening to and asking questions of someone whose career may interest you.

 

Year 9 

You will get a much broader insight into the world of work.

We have an exciting programme for you to identify and develop the skills you will need in the workplace, and to start looking at your future career in more detail.

You will be given access to the Morrisby online system, which will help guide you as you make the choices about your options and future courses and careers.  This year the process will guide you to log your likes and dislikes alongside your skills as you start to build the profile that will help you make choices in the future.  The Morrisby package will follow you through your time at the High School, and is something you will be able to access and keep updated at any point in the future, even after you have left the school.

Your parents will be invited to attend a careers breakfast so you can

  • talk to them about their careers
  • start to learn the skills of networking
  • practice talking to professionals, as a great introduction to interviews later on

You will spend a day ‘work shadowing’

  • you and your parents will find a suitable placement – either shadowing a parent or a family friend
  • you will experience what it is like to be in a workplace
    • how people behave
    • how they dress
    • how they talk to each other
    • how they resolve issues
  • you will have the chance to observe and to identify the skills used
    • this will help you to give evidence for your own skill set as it develops
    • which in turn will help you with university and job applications

At the end of the year we will review the events and give you a chance to reflect both on your skills and on your possible future career and university choices.

You will be invited to attend careers lunches where you can find out about a range of careers every now and then.  If you are sent an email inviting you to a careers lunch, please don’t be shy – do come along.  Now is the ideal time to look around at a wide range of careers – it is just as important to know what you wouldn’t want to do as it is to confirm choices you have already considered.

 

Year 10

  • Personal Finance
    • The presentation below gives a brief overview of personal finance
    • There are plans to look at this in more detail later in the year – watch this space!
  • Planning your future
    • You will be given access to the Morrisby online system, which will help guide you as you make the choices about your options and future courses and careers.  The process will guide you to log your likes and dislikes and will allow you access to take the Aptitudes assessment which will help generate a detailed and personal profile that will help you make choices in the future.  The Morrisby package will follow you through your time at the High School, and is something you will be able to access and keep updated at any point in the future, even after you have left the school.  As part of the Aptitudes programme you will be offered the opportunity to have one-to-one careers interviews with a trained careers advisor to help guide you through the decisions you will all be making over the next few years.
  • Careers lunches
    • Please keep an eye out for my emails inviting you to the careers lunches.  We will get a range of visitors over the course of the year – please do come along and find out about what they have to say about their career.
  • Your dedicated careers evening will be in the Summer term:  we will invite professionals from a range of careers to come in and talk to you all in small groups so you can learn about what they do and ask questions in an informal setting.  Please do email me (partonv@stahs.org.uk) if there are any specific careers you would like to have represented.

 

Year 11

We help guide you through the decisions you will be making:

  • Year 11 careers Alumnae Breakfast
    • An informal breakfast to give you the opportunity to talk with recent alumnae about their choices, whether that is University, graduate apprenticeships or a different route, as well as discussing A level options with current sixth form.
  • Independent advice from a careers counsellor
    • You can arrange to see the careers counsellor who will visit us each half term if you need professional advice to help you plan your next steps.

This is in addition to the usual array of careers lunches and careers talks.

 

Further information is available by contacting:

Mrs Gini Parton, Head of Careers: partonv@stahs.org.uk

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