Careers

Our school-based Careers Leader, Mrs Bulger, provides two days of support every week on a Wednesday and a Thursday. Mrs Bulger co-ordinates our in-house careers programme, external visits and preparation for Post-16 options.

We also commission independent careers advice; Geraldine Brannelly is an independent, professional Careers Advisor based in school every Wednesday and Thursday.

Careers drop-in sessions are available two days a week at lunchtimes in The Learning Centre, with the Careers Leader or the Careers Advisor - no appointment is needed.

For the latest school Careers Team Update, please click on the link below:

Careers Team Update – Autumn 2021

Careers programme

In Year 8, pupils have a one-hour introduction to careers and the help provided in school. Careers input continues during each of our “Learning for Life” sessions.

Year 9 pupils receive additional careers advice and support when choosing their GCSE Options.

All Year 10 pupils attend an individual 40-minute careers interview and additional 1:1 appointments with either the Careers Leader or the Careers Advisor are available on request via Pupil Reception. As part of our commitment to preparing pupils for life beyond school, all Year 10 pupils participate in “Post-16 experiences”. The normal timetable is suspended and all pupils engage in activities directly relevant to their future career path, widening their horizons and raising aspirations. The personalised programme is tailored to their likely progression route, with a mixture of skills development and self-reflection to help them make informed Post-16 choices. Pupils take part in taster visits to local colleges and universities to help them think ahead to Higher Education opportunities. All Year 10 pupils will have the opportunity to prepare their CV and experience a formal interview with a visiting employer.

During Year 11 we ensure that all pupils have clear plans for their Post-16 and Post-18 routes, whether these be vocational or more traditionally academic. We provide intensive individual support to all pupils with their applications and interviews.

The careers team attend Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 Parents’ Evenings and Options Evening.

The school’s careers programme for this year can be downloaded below.

Careers Programme 2021-22

A list of the open days and events coming up at local colleges and sixth forms can be downloaded below.

College Open Events and application deadlines 2021-2022

If you have any queries about our school careers programme, please contact our Careers Leader, Mrs Bulger, at cbulger@chapelhigh.org.uk.

Labour Market Information

Labour Marketing Information (LMI) gives us useful facts about jobs and careers, including average salaries, weekly hours worked, future employment prospects and the growth in particular areas. LMI also helps us to compare information about different jobs and can be a useful tool in identifying potential career paths.

You can click on the LMI “widget” below to find out about UK and regional averages for specific job titles. Just type in the job you are interested in and the widget will provide a series of options to help you learn about and compare jobs. For more details about Labour Market Information, go to https://www.lmiforall.org.uk You can also find out about business growth, LMI and economic performance for the region at the D2N2 data centre here https://d2n2lep.org/data-centre/.

Useful Website links

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
The official Government website for independent careers information, with advice and guidance on courses, training and work.

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
The official Government website for independent information about apprenticeships, with real case studies and live employer vacancies.

www.ucas.com
UCAS is an independent charity which provides advice about university study, including how to apply and entry requirements.

www.russellgroup.ac.uk
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. A useful website to help inform students’ A Level choices and degree options.

www.opendays.com
For information about upcoming college and university open days.

www.prospects.ac.uk
The UK's biggest graduate careers website. For information and advice on graduate employment and postgraduate course opportunities.

www.unifrog.org

For exploring careers opportunities and recording your progress (year 11).

www.startprofile.com

Find out about a range of careers and build your career profile.

www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Tomorrow’s engineers works with schools to inspire more young people to consider a career in engineering. For careers information, real case studies and a student Careers Quiz.

www.screenskills.com

Screen Skills is the industry-led skills charity for the screen industries. Find out more about careers and apprenticeships, job profiles and advice on how to work in the film, TV, VFX (visual effects), animation and games industry.

www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk

Find out more about careers in the NHS and what type of job might suit you. With video stories, real life case studies and a Careers A-Z.

www.discovercreative.careers

Creative Careers is an initiative run by Creative & Cultural Skills which aims to give young people more opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries. Contains job opportunities, detailed role profiles and careers events information.

www.lawcareers.net

An online resource created for future lawyers and the employers who recruit them. With a beginner’s guide to a career in law, information about work experience and the latest news in the legal profession.

www.careers-in-sport.co.uk

For the latest news, live job vacancies and careers advice for those wanting to work in the sports industry.

www.icould.com

This website features over 1,000 videos of real-life people taking about their careers, explaining what their job involves, career paths and what has influenced their decisions. It also includes labour market information (such as salary and qualifications) and the “Buzz Quiz” where students can explore links between their personality and work.


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