As pupils progress through the school, we aim to ensure that careers advice and guidance is provided at key points, enabling pupils to make sensible and informed decisions regarding subject options and career and higher education choices. Advice is offered on a variety of careers-related issues, including university and other higher education courses, apprenticeships and school-leaver schemes, subject and option choices, gap years and placements in industry. Students are encouraged to attend careers talks and workshop conferences organised regularly within the department and all students have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement in Year Twelve.
The Careers Department is located in the lower floor of the library building and is open from 8.oo am to 4.00 pm, Mondays to Thursdays. Students are welcome to come for an informal discussion at any time throughout Senior School and the following programmes are designed to encourage students to think about their future career aspirations from Year Eight.
During Upper Fourth (Year Eight) pupils are introduced to a software package called Launchpad and begin to understand more about where different school subjects can take them and discover how their skills and preferences can influence their choices for key Stage 4 and beyond.
During Lower Remove (Year Nine) pupils are introduced to the Career Investigator software package. This is a simple and effective way to help young people to understand how their interests, strengths and values relate to the world of work.
When starting the Fifth Form (Year Eleven), King's students become members of Futurewise New Generation. This programme provides a comprehensive and personalised service to enable students to take control of their own career planning choices. The programme supplies on-going support from age fifteen to twenty-three at key transition points through a series of online psychometric assessments, a detailed profile report, impartial guidance interviews and access to Futurewise membership, one aspect of which is student and parental access to a dedicated telephone helpline. Parents are involved in the advice and guidance received so they can support their child in making informed subject and career choices.
Years Twelve and Thirteen
The Sixth Form curriculum includes guidance and support for all students in researching higher education courses.
Example Interview Questions
The Sixth Form Key Skills programme provides UCAS advice through a series of talks and seminars. It also provides the opportunity for all students to produce a CV, as advised by the Careers Department. The Department also arranges a number of before-school and lunchtime careers talks given by people working in various professions. Recent talks have included forensic science, accountancy, finance, medical research, architecture, law, housing the homeless, journalism, Formula 1 and engineering, as well as Headstart, the Year in Industry scheme and other Gap Year programmes. All of the Lower Sixth are taken to university open days towards the end of June. Recently, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham have been our destinations.
Increasing numbers of former students undertake a gap year before beginning undergraduate study. Experience tells us that most admissions tutors look positively on applicants who have spent a worthwhile year involved in work experience and volunteering. It provides opportunities to develop self-reliance, confidence and independence as well as new skills. We provide resources on funding, safety issues and organisations offering placements.
In recent years, we have arranged Healthcare Conferences, Law Days, a Media Day, an Engineering Conference, a Modern Language Conference, an English Conference, a Finance Day and a Women in Leadership conference. A regular feature is an evening in November when members of the Upper Sixth have the opportunity to experience a practice one-to-one interview with parents or friends of the school with expertise in particular areas.
A Business Conference is held at the end of the year; students are taken through a series of challenges and workshops, led by representatives from local businesses and companies.
All Lower Sixth students are invited to undertake a week of work experience, the range of placements has recently included The Sunday Times and Country Life, Debenhams Head Office, a marketing agency in Covent Garden and marine biology in Pembrokeshire. Other students have helped in local primary and special needs schools, shadowed in law firms, hospitals and veterinary practices, repaired dry stone walls and rescued swans. The department enjoys a challenge and does its best to accommodate even the more unusual requests: aspiring bullfighters, astronauts and herpetologists have all been to see us. Students are encouraged to find work experience out of the Worcester area and placements have been arranged by the MFL Department in France and Germany. London placements have also become increasingly popular.