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.

KUDOS – Oathall’s online careers program

Kudos is free for all students to use at home and at school.  Students can explore possible career directions and learn about their future options.

  • Log onto oathall.org 
  • Under ‘Quick Links’ at the bottom of the homepage, click on Career Cascaid.
  • Click ‘Login’ and then select Kudos, and log in using your school username and password (Note: if you are in year 9 or below, the password is kudos1)
  • If you are asked to change your password DO NOT DO THIS, and instead click on ‘continue without changing password’
  • The first time you use the program you will be asked to confirm a few personal details and to select the qualification level you eventually hope to achieve

You can explore career ideas in Kudos through four starting points:

  1. MYFUTURE – take the test by answering Likes and Dislikes questions to give you a personalised list of career ideas you might like.
  2. EXPLORE WORK AREAS – explore the careers available in a particular area of work.
  3. EXPLORE SUBJECTS – search for careers according to the subjects you like.
  4. EXPLORE CAREERS – find a career that you want to know more about and see if it is suitable for you.

Look at videos and real-life case studies.  Find links to university courses.  Look at work-based training and apprenticeship routes.  Create a CV and Personal Statement.  Create your own action plan.

The Kudos User Guide will help you find your way around Kudos.

Useful Careers Web Links

Here are some careers websites to help you with your post 16 and career choices:

General Careers Research

www.cascaid.co.uk   (Kudos)

http://takeoff.gatwickdiamondjobs.com

http://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

www.yourspacewestsussex.co.uk

www.plotr.co.uk

www.careersbox.co.uk

www.icould.com

www.ucas.com/progress

www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices

https://successatschool.org

www.thestudentroom.co.uk

www.totalprofessions.com

www.careersworld.co.uk

www.bestcourse4me.com

http://movingonmagazine.co.uk

Sector Specific

www.ccskills.org.uk   (design)

www.creativeskillset.org   (media/fashion/publishing/advertising/marketing) 

www.hospitalityguild.co.uk   (hospitality & catering)

www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk   (engineering)

www.wherestemcantakeyou.co.uk   (science, technology, engineering & maths)

www.futuremorph.org   (science, maths & technology)

www.autocity.org.uk   (retail motor industry)

www.skillsforcare.org.uk   (social care)

www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk  /  www.healthcareers.nhs.uk   (medical & non-medical careers)

www.wiredsussex.com/jobs/jobseekers.asp   (digital, media & technology)

www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/career_portal   (digital)

www.goconstruct.org   (construction)

www.skillsactive.com   (sports & leisure)

www.careers-in-sport.co.uk   (sports)

www.lantra.co.uk   (land based and environmental industries) 

www.lawsociety.org.uk/law-careers  / www.barcouncil.org.uk/careers/   (legal) 

www.harding.edu/for-lang/careers   (modern languages)

www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/modern-languages

Post 18

www.ucas.com

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices

www.applytouni.com

www.purepotential.org

www.coursefindr.co.uk

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk

Apprenticeships

www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com

www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk

www.apprenticeshipsguide.co.uk

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk

http://schoolleavers.milkround.com

https://successatschool.org/advice/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.

 

 

 

 

Year 9 Careers ‘Speed Dating’ Event

To support year 9 students with their GCSE subject choices, this Friday morning 13 January we are holding a ‘Speed Dating’ event in the sports hall.  Thirty business representatives from a wide range of employment sectors will be attending.  In small groups, with 5 minutes per session, students will be moving around the hall firing questions at the business volunteers and discussing aspects of their work, trying to gain as much information from them as possible about what their job entails, the qualifications required and the routes they took to get there.

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.