Careers

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Throughout all Year Groups the department offers careers and workplace information and advice, from understanding what is expected in employment to how to achieve personal career goals.

Employers – At Woodroffe, we recognise how important employers are to the futures of our students. Employers can be hugely inspirational and can help students to have a taster of life after school. Employers can get involved in numerous ways; for example, they can: host a Year 10 or Year 12 student(s) for a Work Experience placement, sign up to become a speaker for National Careers Week, or register interest with the school to give a talk/assembly/Sixth Form Core Session about a particular job, experience or activity. We hope that all students have as much employer interaction as possible. Please contact me on the following email address for more information and to get involved: mholding@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk.
Parents – We know that you want to give your children the best possible start in life. This relates not just to their grades and qualifications, but also to wider areas of school and society. At Woodroffe we give each child the best possible chance to try lots of interesting thing and inspire them to think carefully about the next stages of their lives. If all students end up in a job that they love, then we consider our job a success. School events, such as National Careers Week and Work Experience, allow students to get stuck in and see what life in the real world is all about. We know that sometimes your child needs a push in the right direction, so please continue to support them in making good decisions and feel free to encourage your child to get involved with as many things as possible. Please check the calendar regularly for Careers events. If you think you could help the school to make our Careers provision even better please contact: mholding@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk.
Students– At Woodroffe, students deserve to have outstanding Careers Education. We believe that the package we offer is outstanding and caters to our diverse student population. Each year group has dedicated Careers lessons: Years 7 – 9 have these in Citizenship or PSE classes, Years 10 – 11 have specific timetabled Careers lessons and Year 12 and 13 have Core sessions where students enjoy hearing visiting speakers from numerous fields of employment. In addition to these lessons, there are opportunities for learning outside lessons; Year 10 and 12 have a week’s Work Experience, Year 9 have Enterprise Day, Year 10 have Employability Day and there is also National Careers Week in March for all. Keep an eye out for these events and get involved where you can. Contact mholding@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk if you have any ideas that can make the Careers provision even better. After all…it’s your future we’re talking about!

Year 8

Students spend time in Citizenship lessons focusing on the opportunities available to them both in and out of school. This unit of work looks at Extra-curricular clubs as well as option choices. This is to help them carefully consider their Year 9 Pathways, Future GCSE options and beyond. Hopefully leading to the students making the correct choice for them.

Year 9

Students spend time in their Citizenship lessons focusing on future employment. Students will also look at common misconceptions and resisting the temptation to bracket people into a particular role. The unit end with students producing a presentation based on their own research into a career that interests them and delivering these to the rest of their class.

Work Experience – What’s it Like?

Watch this film of students on work experience and see what they think:

Year 10

This year is split into two parts:

Part one is all about confidence and focuses on the preparation for Work Experience. A large focus on interview techniques and ensuring students have the best communication and assertiveness skills needed to be successful. This should prevent students from being discriminated against and hopefully allowing them to deal with any tricky situations both on placement and beyond.

Students also spend time looking at the importance of interviews whilst on their work experience placement. It is expected that all students will have a mock interview with an employer whilst on their placement. Students should also have a conversation with the employer about likely career choices.

Part two focuses on applying for jobs. Students will all create a professional CV, write a suitable covering letter and application form. All leading to the chance to practice their interview skills in class before they have a chance to use these in the real-world.

Students will spend time in this unit looking at Labour Market Information (LMI) locally to ensure that they are aware of the likely job opportunities when they leave school. This should also help them to consider future pathways and option choices to make sure they are going into an area which has a strong likelihood of employment.

Useful PDF files for Work Experience:

Title Download
Health Declaration Form
  40 downloads
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Sample CV
  63 downloads
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Sample Letter of Introduction
  50 downloads
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Selection Approval Form
  39 downloads
Download
Student & Parent Guidance
  56 downloads
Download
Work Experience Process 2017-18
  83 downloads
Download

Year 11

Year 11 is all about the next step in the student’s life. Whether the student is applying for a Sixth Form, a College, An Apprenticeship or any other route; it’s about making sure they have the skills and attributes to enable them to be a success. Students will look at the different routes, the possibility of University and also the pitfalls of unemployment and how best to avoid it.

Students will also look at the importance of saving, budgeting and the potential dangers of borrowing. Students will have the opportunity to update their CV from Year 10 to ensure they are as ready as they can be for the next step in their lives.

Years 12 & 13

The sixth form have various core sessions and speakers in to help broaden their knowledge about specific careers. Some of these are for the whole year group, some are targeted to small groups of students and some are based on subject-specific content. Examples of these are:

  • Mark Bowden – Agincare – Discussing careers in the care sector
  • George Parker – Political Editor of the Financial Times
  • Dr Mikdadi – Educational Consultant, specialising in discussing the Palestine conflict
  • Richard Hogben – Met Office

Year 12 also complete a week’s Work Experience at the end of the summer term in an industry that interests them and are encouraged to choose one which benefits them for their applications for the next steps. The students are responsible for sourcing their own placement to help them get to grips with the real world of work and rigours of modern employment. Students should then return to Year 13 with a better sense of the next steps after Woodroffe Sixth Form.

Useful PDF files for Work Experience:

Title Download
Health Declaration Form (KS5)
  1 download
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Sample CV (KS5)
  17 downloads
Download
Selection Approval Form (KS5)
  1 download
Download
Year 12 Work Experience Process 2017-18
  3 downloads
Download

 Mr Holding
Head of Careers
Mrs Coles
Careers Administrator
Mr Truyens
 
Ansbury Guidance Advisor