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Christ's College Finchley

Careers

Careers Advisor

Gerry Stonehouse

Email: gerald.stonehouse@ccfplus.com

Telephone: 0208 349 3581

Careers Lead

Mr D Nielsen

Email: dcn@ccfplus.com

Telephone: 0208 349 3581

Rationale

Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

A planned progressive programme of activities supports pupils in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives in Britain and beyond.

Careers Week (8th-12th February 2021)

Careers week (8-12th February) this year has been a great success. We have had guest speakers talking to groups of Year 12 students (and some Year 11s) about their jobs and career paths. Due to the pandemic the talks this year took place using Google Meet and we were lucky enough to have a barrister, an accountant (specialising in insolvency), a civil engineer, a consultant dermatologist and an investment banker deliver this year's talks and answer students' questions.

The calibre of guest speakers was particularly strong this year and we are incredibly grateful to them for giving up their time in order to benefit our students. A special thank you should also go to our sixth form team for working so hard to arrange and schedule the talks and also to the students themselves for engaging so enthusiastically with them and embracing the opportunities put their way. I am incredibly proud that we have still been able to provide such a worthwhile event for our students in the midst of this pandemic. Careers week signals the beginning of our students journey to the next phase of their education and training for the future.

They will continue to receive guidance and support throughout Year 12 and into Year 13 to ensure they have the best chance possible of achieving their goals.

The school organised a Career’s week which called upon guest speakers to talk about Criminal Law, Insolvency (Accounting), Structural Engineering, Dermatology (Medicine) and Investment Banking. Students from Year 11 and Year 12 chose as many topic areas that interested them, and then some.                                                    
In the Accounting talk, the speaker talked about how he worked in a small accounting firm with about 70 employees. His day to day work involved dealing with bankrupt companies and how they would manage their assets to resolve these issues. He then explained that to get into a similar profession, you don’t even have to take an accounting degree at university.
                                                                                                                             I was particularly interested in the talk about medicine after binging all nine seasons of House M.D. So when it came, I was baffled by how you would specialize in the medical field. I found that apart from the 5 years of university, you would need to spend two years in a foundation course and experiment around with various specializations to see which one interests you the most and then think about post-graduation. It sounds like all the doctors are trained for an exhilarating episode of House M.D.
                                                                                                                              The talks enabled people to know more about the various career opportunities and I’m sure that even Mr Scott and Mr Nielsen learned a thing or two! Career’s week has been
quite educational and helped show the path to university.
                                                                                                                      Thank you to the teachers and guest speakers that made all of this happen. Mukunda Krishnian, Year 12

What is Careers Education and Guidance?

The CEG programme recognises the need for young people from Year 7 to develop career management skills so that they are better prepared to take their key decisions – Key Stage 4 Options in Year 9 and their Post 16 Options in Year 11.

What opportunities are offered in Careers Education and Guidance?

Year 8

Assembly and Tutor Group Opportunities

Year 9

Assembly and Tutor Group Opportunities

KS4 Options Event

Year 10

Assembly and Tutor Group Opportunities

Careers Workshop

Year 11

Assembly and Tutor Group Opportunities

Small group or individual sessions: Future Education, training and employment options

KS5 Options Event

Support with Applications

Participate in Apprenticeship Week

Apprenticeship fairs *

1-2-1 meeting with a member of SLT to discuss KS5 options

Year 12

Assembly and Tutor Group Opportunities

Visits to Higher Education Fairs

Small group or individual sessions: Future Education, training and employment options

Participate in Apprenticeship Week

Apprenticeship fairs *

Russell Group scheme

Work experience

Careers week with a range of guest speakers from a variety of vocations

Year 13

Assembly and Tutor Group Opportunities

Visits to Higher Education Fairs

Small group or individual sessions: Future Education, training and employment options

Support with Applications for UCAS and Government Apprenticeship website.

Russell Group scheme

 

*These take place every 2 years.

Students acquire the skills to:

  • Investigate learning and career opportunities
  • Make informed judgements about learning and career options
  • Understand how these choices will help them to achieve their ambitions
  • Enable them to successfully manage key transition points

What opportunities are offered in Careers Education and Guidance?

Years 7 – 11

  • The CEG modules are part of the integrated PHSE course which have been designed to support the needs of every year group within the school. Students research career information, write a CV, role play interviews and learn about basic finance.
  • Employment seminars are offered to students to ensure a clear understanding of how an industry works and have they can embark on a journey to successfully enter the world of work.
  • PSHE Policy with careers education

Years 12-13

Detailed CEG information for Year 12 and 13 can be found here.

How do we measure the impact of the careers programme?

Our data for student destinations (Education and Employment) and student destinations over time can be found here.

The careers lead will review the programme based on feedback from students, parents and the student destination data which can be found by clicking the above link.

Reviewing the success of our Careers Programme

Our careers programme has been very successful in ensuring that our students are well prepared and aware of the choices they have available to them. Year 11 students have feedback to us regarding how helpful their careers and SLT interviews are in ensuring they pick the correct pathway following the completion of their GCSEs.

In the Sixth Form, the percentage of students leaving Year 13 who stay in either education or employment has consistently been above 90%. Students say they feel that the UCAS and Apprenticeship programmes allow them to make informed decisions about the right course, university and job opportunities for them. The work experience programme is also very positively received by students who like the fact that they can source their own placements, giving them experience of the application phase as well as the actual profession.

Our careers programme continues to develop each year and we are excited about adding further interactions with employers and links to subject areas to the programme. 

To view student destinations, please click here.

Our careers programme is under thorough and constant review in 2020/2021 to ensure that students are kept covid-safe while having equal access to opportunities and support. 

Key sites (pupils and parents):

www.parentalguidance.org.uk

Careers information and advice from the Careers Writers Association with a mass of useful information for students aged 11 – 21

The website section has detailed links to specific employment sectors

www.icould.com

Videos and information on a wide range of careers. Also includes quizzes to help generate ideas

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Hundreds of job profiles and career related topics

www.careersbox.co.uk

A website with a series of short films describing different jobs

New film clips are added regularly

www.ucas.ac.uk

Main site for university application

Information for students and parents

Link to the Stamford Test which helps to match student preferences to courses

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Lots of information about training courses

Advice for students about apprenticeships, jobs and training

Details of employees offering apprenticeships and training

Students can register to receive weekly updates

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

The main website that advertises all apprenticeship opportunities

Can be searched by geographical region or by employment sector

Students can register to receive weekly updates

www.plotr.co.uk

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk