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 career-related issues, including university and other higher education courses, apprenticeships and school-leaver schemes, subject and option choices, gap years and placements in industry.
Our Careers Department
The Careers Department is located on the lower floor of the library building. The fully-resourced careers library is open throughout the school day and, as we have the benefit of a qualified Head of Careers, students are welcome to drop-in for an informal discussion at anytime between 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Mondays to Thursdays. Activities embedded within the PSHE/Key Skills curriculum alongside a series of extra-curricular careers talks, workshops and conferences form the basis of the school’s careers' education, information, advice, and guidance (CEIAG) programme. This aims to help students know and understand:
- Their abilities, strengths, and preferences
- What the world of work is like and what employers want
- What employability skills are and how they can develop them
- How the world of work is changing
- Different routes into learning, training, and development
Years 7 & 8 (FOURTH FORMS) CAREERS
During Fourth Forms (Years 7 and 8) careers activities, delivered within the PSHE programme and wider curriculum, ensure pupils develop an understanding of their personality and characteristics identifying key employability skills and qualities. Outside the classroom they have the opportunity to start exploring the variety of career paths utilising a comprehensive range of resources on the school intranet and during numerous curriculum based visits and activities. During the summer term in Year 8, they take part in the ‘Chocolate Challenge’ workshop, a chance to gain an initial insight into business and enterprise.
YEARS 9 & 10 (REMOVES)
In Lower Remove and Upper Remove (Years 9 and 10) we use a series of further initiatives to encourage careers exploration. The Career Investigator software package, introduced to Lower Remove students during the autumn term, results in a comprehensive, personalised report offering a range of career families that may be of interest. As Lower Remove students look towards choosing their GCSE options they are offered the opportunity to sign up to Morrisby Online early in the new year and to undertake further workshop activities, supported by employers, exploring future career options.
To inspire them further Upper Remove students have the opportunity to take part in a careers speed dating event. Working in small groups, students find out about the varied and interesting careers of a range of employers whilst also developing their networking skills.
During the Fifth Form (Year Eleven) the Morrisby Online Service enables students to take control of their own career planning choices. A series of online psychometric assessments completed in September results in a detailed profile that students, staff, and parents are encouraged to review thoroughly before a 1:1 guidance interview with an independent career professional. This approach ensures students and parents are provided with the advice and guidance they need to make informed subject and career choices.
YEAR 11 (FIFTH FORM) CAREERS
During the Fifth Form (Year Eleven) the Morrisby Online Service enables students to take control of their own career planning choices. A series of online psychometric assessments completed in September results in a detailed profile that students, staff, and parents are encouraged to review thoroughly before a 1:1 guidance interview with an independent career professional. This approach ensures students and parents are provided with the advice and guidance they need to make informed subject and career choices Post 16.
Sixth Form Careers
During Sixth Form the emphasis is on exploring the range of pathways available after A levels and building an awareness of those relevant to career goals. With 90% of students moving on to university, there is a strong Higher Education component within the programme but students are also encouraged to explore the increasing range of Post 18 apprenticeship and school leaver opportunities.
A full programme of workshops, talks and discussions are organised by the Head of Careers and the Head of Sixth Form, relating to the different aspects of the application procedure to universities in the UK and abroad. This includes plenary sessions focusing on the applications procedure to university and the financial awareness required, an Open Day visit for all Lower Sixth students and a presentation to parents about all aspects of Higher Education.
All Lower Sixth students are encouraged to undertake a week of work experience. The range of placements has recently included Microsoft, GKN Aerospace, Qinetiq Group and Sanctuary. 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.
Conferences and Careers Talks
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, a Women in Leadership Conference and a Property Conference. These conferences are always popular and draw students from a range of years.
A Lower Sixth Business Skills Workshop 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. A Careers Networking event has also recently been added to the school calendar during the summer term to provide the opportunity to practise essential networking skills while learning about a wide range of careers.
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, journalism, as well as Headstart, the Year in Industry scheme and other Gap Year programmes. Students in Removes, Fifth and Sixth Forms are invited to attend.
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 employers parents or friends of the school with expertise in particular areas.
Parent and OV Support
Parents and OVs provide a wonderful resource and we are always excited to hear from anyone who would like to participate in one of the different careers events and share their expertise with students.
Please contact Mrs H Airdrie, Head of Careers, if you feel you would like to support any of the events mentioned above.
Similarly, the careers department is always keen to develop links with local employers. Do please make contact with Mrs H Airdrie for further information in working with us.