Careers

The careers programme at Homewood offers a range of activities, experiences and support to help students choose pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

Staff

Mr B Harper Careers Leader
Mrs B Srinivasan Careers Manager
Mrs L Pepper Work Placement Co-ordinator

Contents

  • Individual Advice & Guidance
  • Careers Programme at Homewood School & 6th Form
  • Careers Information Resources
  • Higher Education
  • Studying Abroad
  • Employment and Apprenticeships

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Every student should have opportunities for guidance interview with a careers adviser. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made”

DfE Statutory Guidance 2018
  • Mrs. B Srinivasan is the school Careers Adviser. (She holds Level 6 qualifications in Careers Advice & Guidance, and is on The Career Development Institute (CDI) Professional Register of Advisers) https://www.thecdi.net/find-a-professional?SearchUnits=m&InclusiveSearch=false&SearchRadius=25
  •  Students (and parents) in any year group can contact Mrs Srinivasan to discuss subject and course choices, career ideas and advice about entering Further and Higher Education or employment. 
  • Homewood staff can also refer students to Mrs Srinivasan for a careers appointment

Mrs Srinivasan can be contacted at any time via email on b.srinivasan@homewood.kent.sch.uk

There is a formal programme of individual advice and support offered to all students (and parents) via the following:

Year 8        Pathways Options support at Options Evening

Year 9       GCSE Options Support at Options Evening

Year 10      1-1 and Small Group Occupational Guidance appointments

Year 11      Individual Guidance Interviews (Post 16 Options) 

Year 12      Subjects Choice Meetings with Form Tutors    

Year 12      Individual Guidance Interviews

Year 13      Individual and Group Guidance Interviews

National Careers Service: Students (and parents) can also contact the National Careers Service to help make decisions about learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice and guidance, supported by qualified careers advisers. Young people (aged 13-19) can speak to an adviser on-line or by telephone 0800 100 900.

All students in Homewood school undertake a programme of Careers Education from Year 7-13

The Careers Programme at Homewood School follows the 2018 CDI Framework for Careers, Employability & Enterprise Education, emphasizing the need for students to take an active role in their career learning.

This is built on the four key career concepts:

  • Career Exploration
  • Self Awareness
  • Decision Making
  • Career and Enterprise Planning

The Careers Programme is delivered via a variety of methods, including the following:

  • Careers, Business and Enterprise topics delivered through PSHRE lessons
  • Careers topics delivered through off-timetable days
  • Presentations from external speakers representing further and higher education, employers, businesses etc.
  • Work Place Visits, Work shadowing and Work Experience opportunities
  • Individual Careers Interviews with Careers Adviser
  • Special events in school such as the Annual Careers & University Fair
  • Careers related topics delivered through curriculum subjects
  • External Careers and Education events that students are encouraged to attend

The range of careers activities delivered at Homewood school is also detailed in our Careers & Work Experience Policy

To find out what careers activities you will take part in each year, look at the Careers Each Year information.

Homewood Students have access to a large number of careers resources in school, which provide up-to-date, independent, impartial sources of information about career opportunities, options in further and higher education, employment and much more. These are available in the school Careers Library and via on-line resources.

Careers Library

Homewood has a well-resourced Careers Library in the main school library which is open every day for students in all year groups to access. Students can use the careers library to research information on careers, further and higher education courses, employment and job hunting, gap years and volunteering etc. The Careers Library also has networked computer facilities with access to on-line careers information databases and career matching programs.

Careers Websites and On-Line Resources

There are hundreds of on-line resources available to help with your careers research.

The following are a small selection.

EClips https://www.eclips-online.co.uk/index.php

eCLIPS makes careers exploration simple. It offers accurate, impartial information on over 1400 careers plus a wealth of advice and information on education and employment choices. Search for careers by job group, A-Z, school subject or use the Careers Wizard tool. Find information on all the different education pathways and advice to help you prepare for and find work. – Please see the Careers Team for the Homewood Login code.

Start Profile https://www.startprofile.com/

Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.

ICould https://icould.com/

icould.com is a website which is open to everyone which uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young people’s career choices.  Free and simple to use, the site features over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices.

Prospects https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

Prospects are the experts in graduate careers.  They help to guide students and graduates to a bright future with unrivalled information, advice and opportunities

The National Careers Service https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

An online database providing detailed profiles for nearly 800 jobs and a Job Families section to give ideas of jobs within broad areas of work, if you have a  rough idea of a work area that might be of interest. You can research information about each career jobs, including hours, income, training and working environment.

KentChoices – https://www.kentprospectus.co.uk/

The online post 16 application platform. Contains information about the subjects and courses available for 16-19 year olds at all schools, colleges and work-based learning providers across Kent. All Year 11 students will make their Post-16 applications for 6 Form, college or work-based training via this site.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

LMI is information which relates to the labour market such as data on employment, wages, qualifications, job openings and working conditions.

Why is understanding LMI important?

There is no point in choosing a career path or job that is in severe decline, or is not available in your chosen geographical area. LMI can help you determine:

  • Which industries and sectors are employing people
  • What hours, wages and working conditions can realistically be expected
  • Which job sectors are growing in the future
  • Where there might be opportunities for self-employment or new business development
  • Which new skills or qualifications which would greatly improve prospects of gaining employment in a particular industry or sector

Did You Know? It’s estimated that most young people leaving education today will have between 10-14 jobs by the time they are 38.

The world of work is changing all the time. There are lots of reasons why the labour market can change – as a result of political events, globalisation or developments in technology. The supply of, and demand for, labour is constantly changing. Employers have an ever-evolving list of demands in terms of employability skills. It’s important to take some time to find out as much as possible about the different jobs that interest you, the type of work, qualifications and skills needed as well as the personal qualities required. It’s also worth finding out if the occupational areas you are interested in are expanding and taking on workers.

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.

Higher Education Resources

In addition to resources in the Homewood Careers Library.  There are hundreds of on-line resources available to help with your careers research.

UCAS https://www.ucas.com/ – Your one-stop-shop for searching and applying for UK university courses. You will find detailed information about each, including their selection criteria and admissions policy.

What Uni  https://www.whatuni.com/ enables you to look at universities offer subjects that interest you, which you can personalize by your  A Level subjects and likely grades. They also have advice about all aspects of your higher education choices.

Uni Compare https://universitycompare.com/  A free comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings. 

Prospects https://www.prospects.ac.uk/  In addition to advice about university and apprenticeship options, Prospects also shows you what you can do with different degree subjects, in terms of career ideas and employment opportunities. (N.B. Remember that 70% of employers want graduates from any subject so if in doubt, study the subject you love!). 

Information about the costs of going to university  is available via the Student Finance https://www.gov.uk/student-finance website.

University League Tables

University League tables can be useful starting points to find the “best” universities for the subjects you are considering studying, however, they take into account different criteria when deciding where to rank a university, so it is important to see which criteria they are using – some of the factors may be more important to you than others.

You may want to try the following league tables:

TheCompleteUniversityGuide https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/

GuardianUniversityGuide https://www.theguardian.com/education/universityguide

 For World University Rankings, try the following:

The Times World University Rankings https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings

How to be a Competitive Applicant for University

Read around your subject: Don’t just restrict your knowledge to what you are taught in lessons. Universities want to see that you are sufficiently interested in a subject to devote additional time to finding out more about it. You will be spending three years of your life studying a subject at university so need to demonstrate genuine commitment and passion for it.

www.futurelearn.com and www.myheplus.com offer free on-line courses and resources in a variety of topics; a great way of demonstrating your interest in a subject.

Communication skills: It is vitally important that your written and verbal communication skills are on par with your academic ability. Many academically excellent students miss out on places at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities through not performing well at interview or submitting a poor Personal Statement. Use the opportunities available to develop these skills, e.g. engage in academic conversations with teachers and peers, work on your presentation skills, undertake mock interviews, get involved in activities such as debating or public speaking.

Develop other personal skills and interests: Universities and employers want to see good “all-round” students who have something to offer other than just academic studies. Taking part in extra-curricular activities both in and out of school is a good way of developing valuable skills of teamwork, leadership, time management etc.

Work Experience/Volunteer/Part-time Jobs: Organise some work experience/volunteering or part-time work to find out if a particular occupation is right for you and to develop essential employability skills. Relevant work experience will make a big difference to your university application.

Attend Summer Schools and Taster Courses: There are a wide range of taster courses and summer schools you can attend to help you make up your mind – great to talk about in Personal Statements and CVs as evidence of your initiative, determination and commitment too.  Many of these are free. The following websites give details of some of the opportunities available:

www.unitasterdays.com

www.london.ac.uk/tasters

www.accessprofessions.com

www.suttontrust.com/programmes/summer-schools/ 

www.uniq.ox.ac.uk

Studying abroad is becoming a more popular option for UK students to consider. With the increase in tuition fees at UK universities, many traditionally popular destinations for UK students, such as the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, offer options that are not that much more expensive than UK universities. The Far East, including Hong Kong are also actively recruiting UK students.

Some U.S. universities offer particularly generous financial aid packages for international students who excel academically, often up to 50% of the costs or more.There are also a number of sports scholarships offered by U.S universities which can significantly reduce the costs of the degree course.

Studying in Europe is now also a much more viable option for UK students. Hundreds of degree courses across Europe are taught entirely in English, in order to attract international students and the cost of studying at many European universities (including Ireland) is often far cheaper than studying in the UK.

If you are planning to study abroad, you need to start your research early, ideally around spring of Year 12 or before. The following websites will provide you with useful starting points for information you will need about choosing courses and universities, admissions and applications, finance etc.

General: www.studyoverseasglobal.co.ukwww.learnabroad.ie,  www.britishcouncil.org/erasmuswww.thestudentworld.com

Europe: www.astarfuture.co.uk,  www.eunicas.comwww.studyineurope.euwww.studyinholland.co.uk

Ireland: www.studyireland.ie,  www.qualifax.iewww.cao.ie

United States and Canada; www.fulbright.co.ukwww.collegeboard.orgwww.usuniversities.comwww.student-scholarships.comwww.gocampus.uswww.educationincanada.ca

Australia: www.studyoptions.comhttp://www.studying-in-australia.org/ 

Gap Year

Travelling, voluntary work, saving money: they all sound excellent. You can choose to have a whole year out or just a couple of months between finishing Year 13 and starting university.

Generally, gap years prior to university are seen as a “good thing” as students mature and gain independence in that time.  This is especially true if the gap year includes an activity or responsibility with a definite focus. Research shows that students who take a well-planned, structured year out are more likely to be satisfied with their choice of course and, even better, more likely to complete it with a 2:1 or first class degree.

It is always worth checking with your chosen institutions to find out what their policy is, just to be on the safe side. If a university feels you are likely to become “rusty” with your subject, sometimes the case with maths, sciences or languages, they will advise you accordingly. Some university courses do not like making too many deferred entry offers, especially on competitive or small courses as they feel that this will skew competition and may deprive good students of a place.

You could also consider a gap year after university, before you start work. This is becoming a more popular choice for graduates as they benefit from being a little older; they may have met friends at university that they want to travel with, and it will delay repayment of student loans. This may not be a good idea for all career areas, however, so it will be important to check this out if it is an option you are considering.

Whatever you choose, check that you can afford it and get plenty of advice before you decide. There are lots of sites to help you choose your gap year so search for what you are interested in. The following are useful starting points:

Gap Year and Volunteering Projects

Employment and Apprenticeships

Full-time employment or an apprenticeship is an option after Year 11 or Sixth Form.

There are an increasing number of employers who offer school leaver apprenticeships in addition to their traditional graduate training schemes. In addition to earning a wage, these opportunities often include paid study to gain qualifications required by the industry.

Higher & Degree Apprenticeships (sometimes called Sponsored Degrees) are a great alternative to the traditional university experience, offering qualifications up to degree level, no tuition fees and the opportunity to earn while you learn. Higher & Degree apprentices typically split their time between college or university and the workplace. As with other apprenticeships they are employed throughout but you end up with a degree which is paid for by your employer.

Many of the large employer schemes start recruiting well before Christmas each year for their summer school leaver programmes, so make sure you are looking and applying for vacancies early in the academic year.

Job Hunting 

Job hunting is a job in itself. There is no one place where you will find vacancies advertised. You will need to use a variety of sources. Look in local papers and on job hunting websites and make use of family and friends to help you find employment.

Your first job should be putting together a CV and cover letter, which you will use to send to employers, either in response to an advertised vacancy, or as a speculative application. CV templates for school leaver are widely available on the internet and the careers team has a job hunting pack available.

Below is a list of some of the many websites where you will find further information and job/apprenticeship vacancies advertised:

Employability Skills

In today’s working world good qualifications alone are not enough. For every job there will be applicants with the same or better qualifications than you. In order to be successful you need to have something extra.

In parallel with your studies, you should aim to develop skills that will be of help to you in your future career as such skills are sought by all kinds of employers. The skills you should be developing are the skills that reflect your own personality, interests and abilities – as these are the qualities that will influence your eventual choice of career. Seven key employability skills have been identified: Self-management, Team working, Business and customer awareness, Problem solving, Communication and literacy, Application of numeracy, Application of information technology. Although you may not realize it, many of these skills will be developed through your studies in school, both in your curriculum subjects and more specifically through the careers and work related learning programme. You should ensure that you positively engage with all these activities as they will be equally important to your success in future life as your academic studies.

Work Experience/Volunteer/Part-time Jobs: Organize some work experience/volunteering or part-time work to find out if a particular occupation is right for you and to develop essential employability skills. Having these on your CV will make a big difference to your employment applications. All 12 students are required to undertake a minimum of 5 days of work experience, but if you can organize additional placements, this can be advantageous.