Year 9 students make a date with success

On Friday 12th January, year 9 students attended the annual Careers Speed Dating event where they had the opportunity to speak to business representatives from across the county and beyond.  It is organised to inspire our future workforce about real jobs; practise those all-important communication skills, and hopefully dispel some myths and challenge gender stereotypes.   This event complements the year 9 options process and students’ feedback is always very positive.

In fast paced 5-minute slots, students asked a barrage of questions of the 32 different volunteers representing a wide range of employment sectors including banking, engineering, medicine, hospitality, hairdressing, publishing, veterinary medicine, uniformed services, scientific research, sport, childcare, retail, nursing, architecture, physiotherapy and many more!

Feedback from the employers has been extremely positive.  Year 9 students did themselves proud.

Reflecting on his first experience of Oathall’s Careers Speed Dating, Jon Parry – Geologist commented: ‘I was genuinely impressed by the level of engagement and enthusiasm of the students.  Thank you for inviting me to take part in the experience, which was both enjoyable and rewarding.’

Sarah Breeze – Architect, said: ‘The students had some great questions.  Many were interested in creative subjects, especially art and design technology, and we discussed various careers that are linked to these.  They were also interested in university life and also travelling as part of a job.’

Claire Batchelor – Primary School Teacher (and former head girl at Oathall) commented: ‘The students were a credit to the school and showed interest and respect the entire time.  It made me feel proud to be a teacher, and after selling the profession to the students I came away remembering why I do the job.’

Thank you to all the business volunteers for giving up their time so generously to support our students.  It was especially pleasing that some of the participants were former Oathall students and members of the school’s Alumni Association.

Apprenticeships

Are you interested in finding out about Apprenticeships?  Check out this link on YouTube for more information and to hear apprentices’ stories :

www.youtube.com/user/ApprenticeshipsNAS

and visit the Apprenticeship website https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship to learn about the different types of apprenticeships and how to find and apply for apprenticeships.

Speed Dating works!

Year 9 students have recently attended the annual Careers Speed Dating event at Oathall where they had the opportunity to speak to business and trade professionals from across the county and beyond.  It is organised to inspire our future workforce about real jobs; practise those all-important communication skills, and hopefully dispel some myths and challenge gender stereotypes.  This event complements the year 9 options process and students’ feedback is always very positive.

In fast paced, 5-minute slots, students asked a barrage of questions of the 30 different speakers representing a wide range of employment sectors including banking, engineering, medicine, scientific research, catering & hospitality, hairdressing, publishing, veterinary, Police, Armed Forces, childcare, nursing, law, retail, sport, performing arts and many more!

Feedback from the employers has been extremely positive.  Year 9 students did themselves proud.

Reflecting on his first experience of Oathall’s Careers Speed Dating, Mr Rod Hayler, Partner at Old Bailey Solicitors commented: ‘It was a pleasure speaking with your year 9 pupils, all of whom were impressively polite, engaged and insightful with their questioning.  I particularly enjoyed a guess from one young man who said “from the look of your suit … you must be a school headteacher”.  I can only assume that Mr Rodriquez must be a finely dressed man!’

Another first-timer was Steve Edwards, chef and winner of Masterchef Professional 2013, who said: ‘It was a pleasure to attend your event and have the opportunity to talk to and inspire the next generation.  It is a daunting task to think about what you want to do as a career and I hope I was able to give the students help and reassurance on the start of their career paths’.

Regular business representative Rachael Waters, Community Nurse, commented: ‘The students are all so receptive and keen to learn about the different roles.  From my perspective it is great to invest what is just a couple of hours to potentially inspire students to join my profession.  I met a delightful girl today who wanted to be a nurse and I know from her enthusiastic response she will one day make a terrific nurse.’

Thank you to all the business volunteers for giving up their time so generously to support our students.  It was especially pleasing that some of the participants were former Oathall students and members of the school’s Alumni Association.

 

 

 

 

Making a date with success

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Year 9 students have recently attended the annual Careers Speed Dating event at Oathall, meeting representatives from employment sectors covering the media, healthcare and the sciences, uniformed services, construction, hospitality, performing arts, engineering, retail, sport and leisure, finance, social care and IT.

The aim of the event is for young people to talk face to face with people employed in these sectors, to learn about job roles, what skills and qualifications they will need and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the range of career opportunities available to them in the future. Continue reading

Post 16 Information and Advice

Following the recent Post 16 Opportunities Evening, students in year 11 should be planning their choices for continuing their education after their final year at Oathall.  Booklets containing advice and information about colleges, qualifications, apprenticeships and the application process are available under ‘Work Related Learning’.

Students are advised to check course information and entry requirements on the colleges’ websites as prospectuses are printed some time before and details do change.  This is particularly relevant to the changes being made to A levels over the next three years.  

The deadline for all applications is MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2015.  All college applications must be brought to Ms Hart in the Careers Office (the exceptions being St Paul’s and Collyer’s as their application process is completed online).

If you are unsure about anything connected with this process please speak to Ms Hart.

Making a date with success

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Students in year 9 have just attended the annual Careers Speed Dating event at Oathall meeting representatives from employment sectors covering the media, healthcare and the sciences, uniformed services, construction, performing arts, engineering, legal services and IT.

The event was run as a means of getting students to talk to a large number of business representatives, encouraging them to find out more about future careers options direct from people employed in their sectors.

It was especially pleasing that some of the 28 participating business representatives were former Oathall students and members of the school’s Alumni Association. Former alumni said of the event:

‘A really enjoyable morning, the students were enthusiastic and welcoming. It’s a brilliant way to show the students about the wide range of career options available and the different routes you can take after school.’
Dr Sarah Bruce, General Practitioner Continue reading

‘Take OFF’ – a new local employability advice website for young people

Three year 11 Oathall students, Toby Clifford, Ed Curtis and Jack Heslop, along with students from other local schools, have been involved in the development of a new online employability advice website called Take OFF ‘Our Future First’. 

Oathall Community College at the launch of Take OFF Take OFF is set to become a powerful tool to help school students and other young people to develop skills that employers are looking for in future candidates.  This online resource offers top tips on how to look and apply for jobs, how to deliver the perfect interview and understanding what employers expect from young people joining their business. Continue reading

Processing of Further Education Applications

Following the further education colleges’ open evenings in October and November, Year 11 students will be completing their application forms.

Please note the following:

  • It is advisable to make applications to at least two colleges.
  • Students considering an apprenticeship should also make a college application as a back-up measure.
  • ALL applications must be brought to Sue Hart in the Careers Office.  Grades/references need to be attached before sending on to the various colleges.  APPLICATIONS MUST NOT BE SENT DIRECT.  (The exceptions are St Paul’s and Collyers as their application process is completed online.)
  • The deadline for all applications to be returned to Ms Hart is MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2013.

Please find attached copies of the two booklets distributed at the Post 16 Opportunities Evening held on 18 September.

Booklet No 1 – Advice and Guidance on the Post 16 Application Process 2013-14

Booklet No 2 – Post 16 Information Booklet 2013-14

Careers Drop-In Service

If you require any help with completing application forms or have queries regarding which subjects to take etc, you are very welcome to attend our drop-in service in the Careers Library on Mondays after school from 3.10-4.00pm on the following dates:

14 October, 21 October, 4 November, 11 November and 18 November 2013.