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WEEK 15 - Friday 7 January 2022

At the beginning of last half term, we felt like things were calming down with regards to Covid (or so it began that way) and we were able to deliver our Year 7 All About Me Day as planned on Thursday 4 November. The day was full of different workshops and activities for our Year 7 students to take part in, and it is a great transition event as the students settle into their first term at secondary school.

All About Me Day is basically what it says on the tin… it is all about the student focusing on themselves and we cover important topics such as; body image, self esteem, sexuality, healthy relationships, road safety and equality & diversity to name a few. As well as health and safety, students also took part in careers workshops and activities including information about post-16 options delivered by the Sixth Form students. It’s always great for our younger students to hear from these role models.

Students also completed the Buzz Quiz. This gave the students the opportunity to reflect on their strengths and personality and be able to see the types of jobs that link to different personalities. This session was a great success last year, with 72% of the students saying it was their favourite workshop, so we decided to deliver this again with the current Year 7 students and engagement was very positive. 

Mr Jarman, Director of Sixth Form, has been busy interviewing the Year 11 students who completed their application forms to attend Hessle Sixth Form in September 2022. Interviews have been taking place throughout the school day and there have been some positive and exciting conversations about the next stage of study, heading closer to the world of work. 

Students also had the opportunity to attend the Sixth Form Taster Day on 9 November, which saw students experiencing what a day in the life of sixth form would be like and the chance to ‘try out’ any A-Level or Level 3 BTEC courses they may be interested in studying next year. It can be difficult for students when making these big decisions, so events like this are there to support and provide additional guidance and information so that students feel well-informed. For those students who are looking at College as a post-16 option, it is worth keeping an eye out for taster events. So far, Bishop Burton College have recently shared their upcoming dates see here.

Over the last half term and continuing into the academic year, I have been working with different subject departments, focussing on the importance of linking curriculum learning to careers. We have been discussing the importance and different ways of weaving this into our lessons to promote to students the many jobs that can lead on from our subjects, as well as the transferable skills. Highlighting this really makes a difference to students' engagement and opens up some fantastic conversations. I teach Performing Arts, but I understand that not all students want to become a Professional Actor/Actress or Dancer, but making students aware of the transferable skills they are developing through studying our subjects and how useful they are in the world of work, really helps to raise engagement and reminds students that our subject is for everyone. There are some great resources out there, check out these Drama, ‘What’s the Point?’ careers videos.

As we moved into December, Covid took yet another downward spiral and things weren't looking too great. But we had our Year 11 Careers Week planned for the last week of term before Christmas, and we were determined that covid was not going to ruin this! I am pleased to say, our event went ahead.

We had to make some slight changes for the safety of our visitors, staff and students and unfortunately the Colleges and NCS were unable to attend, but we still managed to provide the students with a variety of workshops and activities.

The Year 11 students received personalised timetables for the event and we had a number of visitors throughout the week providing invaluable information, advice and guidance to our students as they head into their final six months at secondary school. The week began with an inspirational talk from PUSH focussing on CVs, interview skills, application forms and how to sell yourself. This was followed by CV workshops delivered by HOP (Humber Outreach Project) and application support sessions. Talks were delivered by HETA and ASK Apprenticeships and a carousel of workshops included revision techniques, dealing with stress & handling nerves (PET Team) and top tips for an interview (Kallum Nicholson - careers link governor). 

We also delivered a Mock Interview launch session in which we talked students through the details of the upcoming event in January, what to expect, how to prepare and students also received the Job Profile for the role they will be interviewed for. This year, we asked all students to complete a ‘Top 3 Jobs' form during tutor time, with students writing down the top three careers they would be interested in pursuing in the future. From here we matched them up to an interviewer for one of their chosen careers, making the event even more personalised to the student. There was a real buzz in the session, with students excited about the prospect of being interviewed by a REAL employer, and of course, deciding what to wear! Students need to make sure all CV’s have been emailed to by 14 January as these will be given to the employer as part of the interview process.

If students need any support with their CVs or post-16 application forms, please drop-in at the after-school support session on Wednesdays in G18 or contact Miss Lawes - always happy to help.

Many Year 11 students have now completed their post-16 applications, but a number of students are still yet to do so. There is still plenty of time to complete applications, but we encourage students to complete these by February half-term to feel organised and avoid any disappointment - keep an eye out for any deadlines shared. Apprenticeship vacancies become more available from Feb/March onwards and students have been given lots of information on entry requirements, where to find apprenticeships and how to apply. Should any students need additional support with this and another appointment with Graeme Peart Careers Advisor, please let Miss Lawes know.

There is now a NEW Apprenticeship Provider called CATCH Apprenticeships which offer employer-focused apprenticeship programmes in the Yorkshire & Humber region. CATCH works with over 300 employers in sectors such as Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Cosmetics, Food & Drink, Energy and Pharmaceuticals, and its associated supply chain. They have some fantastic opportunities for students, take a look at their new website: HERE or book onto an Open Event: HERE.

Upcoming Careers Events this Half-Term:

  • Thursday 13 January: Year 9 Pathways Fair 
  • Tuesday 18 January: Year 9 -  ‘Future Forward' Post-16/18 pathways performance 
  • Friday 21 January: Year 12 & 13 Pathways Day
  • Friday 28 January: Year 11 Mock Interview Day
  • Thursday 10 February: Year 7 & Year 8 STEM Roadshow
  • Tuesday 15 February: Year 9 Inspirational Day

Take Care

Miss Lawes

Careers Leader