Careers

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Upcoming Careers Events this term: 

  • Year 11 will begin having their college interviews so be aware that at times, some individuals might not be in at different times
  • Year 10 Experience of a Workplace forms are all in and finalised now, we cannot accept anymore! This will run in the Summer term (2 days over 19th - 21st June). Thank you tutors for your support with this!
  • National Apprenticeship Week - 6 - 12th February 2023, Activities will be undertaken in Education for Life Tutor sessions and through the Careers Google Classrooms.
  • Year 7 Dragons’ Den Day - Wed 18th January 2023. Students will be off timetable the whole day, developing and presenting their ideas to our panel of Dragons with some lucky enough to present again in the final during assembly Period 5! More details to follow.
  • Year 8 Speed Networking Event - Wed 8th February 2023. All students will have an opportunity to interview a range of volunteers from local industry about how they got into their particular careers. This is planned to take place specifically pre-pathways! More details to follow.
  • Mr Henser will continue to work through individual careers appointments with Year 11 and select Year 10’s too. He will also be speaking to some identified Year 8 students pre-pathways choices.

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW CAREERS IS LINKED TO CURRICULUM SUBJECTS

Labour Market Information

Education Development Trust LMI Bulletin Sept 2022

LMI stands for Labour Market Information. In short, it refers to any relevant information about the current state of the jobs market.

LMI can include information like:

  • The industries and businesses that operate in a certain location.
  • The types of jobs that exist and what they involve.
  • How many of those jobs there are.
  • The skills that are currently or will be in high demand.
  • Commute and travel to work patterns.
  • Typical rates of pay.
  • Career progression opportunities.

If you’re job hunting or will be soon, learning about LMI will help you to understand what opportunities are available to you and how you can best take advantage of them. If you’re already in a job, LMI can give you some insight into how you might be able to grow in your career, what opportunities to advance are available to you, and how

Based on LMI, you can decide things like:

  • Are there job opportunities for me where I live, or do I need to consider relocating for the career I want?
  • Does the pay for my dream career align with how much I’d like to earn? If not, am I okay with that?
  • How long will it take me to rise through the ranks in my career to my desired position, and am I willing to do the work to get there?
  • How competitive is my industry? Do I have a backup plan if it doesn’t work out in the way I want it to?
  • Is college, university, an apprenticeship, or working my way up from an entry level job the right path for me?

Wildern students can access up to date LMI information through a number of sources, most notably being their Career Pilot accounts, but also through the newsletters and websites below:

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National Apprenticeship Week 2023 will take place from 6 to 12 February. This annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is ‘Skills for Life’. The week will reflect on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and help businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.

Additionally, we are providing a free guide entitled ‘The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships’ which highlights the benefits of apprenticeships and answers some of the many questions you might have. A selection of the most common questions are referenced below for your convenience.

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Access your FREE university and apprenticeships guides for parents and bonus STEM guide now by clicking the images above!

Personal Statements

We encourage all students to pay attention to what they write in their personal statements to ensure they don’t forget to include everything that helps them stand out from other applicants. Do share the link below with parents, which includes step-by-step reminders of things to consider as well as our personal statement mindmap: The Parents' Guide to personal statements

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UPDATE - WINK and Assembly links 09/09/22 and 15/09/22:

UPDATE - Careerpilot Post 16 Parent Webinar:

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Curriculum Career Opportunity Spotlight: Geography

On November 9th we were lucky enough to be invited to join 6 other schools for a GIS day workshop at the Ordnance Survey Headquarters. We took 8 wonderful year 8 students to complete several activities that showed how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used in a wide variety of careers.

We looked at how maps would be used if we had a Dinosaur Apocalypse, this showed the students how Geography can be used by Emergency Responders as well as Local Government after a crisis.

They were then tasked with creating their own map on a computer programme ‘Digimaps for Schools’. This gave the students a practical experience of how professionals dealing with maps can use data to overlay information.

The last activity of the day allowed students to become City Planners. The students had to decide where the best place to build a new housing estate was based on a wide set of data they have available.

Our day at the OS HQ really opened the students eyes to how many careers use mapping software. We were told about all the different companies that task OS themselves with creating maps for them.

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Become a Wildern Alumni:

You may have seen the alumni poster around the school and on the electronic screens. We are always looking to add to our alumni so if you have anyone at home or know of any ex-Wildern students then please forward them to this form so that they can register their interest!

https://forms.gle/v7Y5EBCXuhwc3JSB8

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Further Support: 

A careers library is available in the Learning Resource Centre.  Students can go there at any time to access the information that will help them as they move on from Wildern.

Wildern school works closely with the Careers and Enterprise company to ensure it regularly assesses and evaluates its provision with the Gatsby benchmarks for good career guidance.   This is reviewed at least annually, ensuring the programme is up to date and relevant.  The school-wide careers policy is reviewed at least annually, ensuring the programme is up to date and relevant.  The school-wide careers policy is reviewed regularly too, with the next review due: October 2021.  

Curriculum Guidance documents

Access the Careers Policy here

General Careers Websites:

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Specific Careers:

Apprenticeships:

University:

  • www.ucas.com - University may seem years away, but it is a good idea to look at the UCAS website, especially if there’s a particular subject you would like to study or a specific university you would like to attend. The website shows entry requirements, subject grades and course details
  • www.discoveruni.gov.uk - Official data from university satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey. Includes jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students. 
  • www.university.which.co.uk – Helps with what to study, where to go and how to get there...
  • https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/career-planning-and-your-degree - to help anyone unsure whether university is right for them to identify how to make the most of a degree to better their employability after graduation

Volunteering:

 For volunteering and work experience opportunities:

  • www.do-it.org.uk and www.vinspired.com -Volunteering and work experience opportunities.
  • Also try contacting local charities and businesses for work experience opportunities.
  • To support this, it’s a good idea to get a CV and covering letter up together to send out to them.

LRC Careers Section:

The Learning Resource Centre has a large selection of Careers related material for you to access including:

  • College prospectuses – find out about all the local colleges, the courses they offer and the facilities at the college.
  • University prospectuses – find out about Universities across the country and the courses they offer. This can help you decide which courses you should be choosing at college.
  • Industry sectors – If you know roughly what area you want to work in and want to find out more you can take out books on areas such as Engineering, Medicine, Law, Hair & Beauty or Travel Tourism.
  • Apprenticeships and job seeking – Information is available on Apprenticeship opportunities, CV writing and interview techniques to help you prepare for the world of work.

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The Careers Team are located in the Careers Office in the LRC and Mr Hensers Interview Room in Block 3

Mr Fenner - Senior Leader of Learning for Careers | Mrs O'Leary - Careers Coordinator | Mr Henser - Independent Careers Advisor

Careers Ladder at Wildern
For Employers & Colleges: Provider Access
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Careers Newsletter Summer 2022
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The Impact of the Careers Programme
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Summary of the Careers Programme
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Careers-News-Autumn-2022-23
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