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Welcome to the Careers page at Trinity Sevenoaks. This is a one stop shop for support on preparing for work, training or more learning. The advice on this site was all relevant at the time of writing, and should be used in conjunction with any guidance students receive from their tutors or careers advisor.

The school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer is outlined in our Provider Access Policy

For careers information and guidance please contact Mrs Rayfield (Careers Leader) at careerstr@trinitysevenoaks.com


 

Key Stage 3

What types of careers are there?

The following website will give you lots of useful information about the different sectors, jobs this involves and how to get into them:

Target Careers

 

Careers by Subject

A list of possible professions linked to the various subjects taught at school.

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry

Computing

Design and Technology

Drama

English

Geography

History

Maths

Modern Foreign Languages

Music

PE

 

What qualifications do I need?

The following website explains the different types of qualifications and when you would expect to study them:

Know your qualifications


Careers Magazine

Key Stage 4

Updates and Information:

 

February

Apprenticeship event:

Date: Wednesday 5th February 2020

Time: 5pm-7pm (Set up 4pm-4:30pm)

Venue: The Leigh UTC, The Bridge, Brunel Way, Dartford DA1 5TF

*Please visit www.tinyurl.com/apprenticeshipevening20 to sign up.

 

9th February - Day Of The Dentist. This is a fantastic one day workshop designed for secondary school students and sixth formers considering a career in dentistry or seeking further insight into the dental profession before applying to dental university programmes. For further information please visit: www.thewisdomtooth.co.uk/dod

Where could a career in Finance, Economics or Law take you?
Prospects together with Shaw Trust offers Year 11–13 students the unique opportunity to gain insights into career areas that are traditionally hard to access. Through our established links with prestigious employers and institutions, we have a limited number of places for the February sessions of Careers in Practice. These two-day intensive courses cover careers in the Finance and Economics sectors or the Legal profession.

Book your place now for:

February Legal Profession - 18-19 February 2020

February Finance/Economics – 20-21 February 2020

The programmes aim to provide students with the opportunity to learn first-hand about careers, gaining practical experience to improve their knowledge, and their chance of university selection and interview. Over the two days, students will get:


• A valuable and varied experience
• Access to leading organisations
• First hand, accurate and up to date careers and labour market information
• Presentations from professionals in their workplace.
• Specialist and practical careers advice covering personal statements and CV preparation 
• Build up a network with other like-minded students.

Click here to view sample legal programmes 

Click here to view sample finance and economics programmes

 

March

5th- an exciting apprenticeship information event taking place on  at the BDO offices, Gatwick (an international network of public accounting, tax, consulting and business advisory firms which perform professional services under the name of BDO). Sixth form students will have an opportunity to learn more about their apprenticeship opportunities in a range of sectors.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1MkeS05yLVwmCxXgfIOcEgzqi8TLCSf9lSXWZrctCgiuORg/viewform


July

7th & 8th- Accountancy Summer School (9.30am-3.30pm). It is open to 16-18 year olds who are interested in finding out more about a career in accountancy. Email ellamadigan@fi.co.uk

Engineering Taster weeksVarious events, most of which are for July - details

Prospects andShaw Trust City Careers Scholarships

There are a limited number of fully paid scholarships for young people who would benefit from the opportunities provided by these events. To find out more about the scholarship criteria and how to apply, click here.


What type of job do I want?

Browse thousands of jobs and what you need to be able to do them! – UCAS Jobs section

Apprenticeships

Apprentice Kent - https://www.apprenticekent.com/home

Kent Choices

Y11 login page - https://www.kentprospectus.co.uk/login/

 

Key Stage 5

 

Your Future Opportunities - Sixth Form students 

A usual, keep your eye on the calendars at the bottom of the email for all of the University and apprenticeships/job events coming up not listed here, also on the notice board in the Sixth Form centre for other latest opportunities.  We are also working with an outside company called ‘Pathway CTM’ who can support any of your career choices.  I have attached the presentation they gave on the last day of term and links for further information and sign-ups for their website and more advice and guidance they can offer.  Here is one of their links for upcoming events by education establishments as well as companies and organisations – details 

Pathway Presentation

Latest Apprenticeship news - details

 

December

11th December - Lincoln University Open Day - details

17thDecember - The Legal ‘Apprentice’ – Enter a team to challenge yourself with the skills needed to work in the legal profession.   Winning team gets £500 each as well as interview practice and the chance to embark on a legal apprenticeship - details

 

January

3rdJanuary - Residential Summer Schools Programme University of Surrey, applications open (close in March) - details

14thJanuary – Prospective Medical Students Conference; vets, dentists and pharmacists - seeks to address the personal qualities that are looked for in such candidates – details on request from Mr Shaw/Mrs Rayfield

 

February

9th February - Day Of The Dentist. This is a fantastic one day workshop designed for secondary school students and sixth formers considering a career in dentistry or seeking further insight into the dental profession before applying to dental university programmes. For further information please visit: www.thewisdomtooth.co.uk/dod

13th February (Thursday) – Sevenoaks School Oxbridge Information Evening on 19.30 – 21.00.  For students and parents primarily in Y12, but those from other year groups would also be welcome – FREE (Names to Mrs Copp/Mrs Wilson asap.

Prospects together with Shaw Trust offers Year 11–13 students the unique opportunity to gain insights into career in Finance, Economics or Law.

February Legal Profession - 18-19 February 2020

February Finance/Economics – 20-21 February 2020

Click here to view sample legal programmes 

Click here to view sample finance and economics programmes

Prospects and Shaw Trust City Careers Scholarships: There are a limited number of fully paid scholarships for young people who would benefit from the opportunities provided by these events. To find out more about the scholarship criteria and how to apply, click here.

24th& 25thFebruary - Surrey Higher Education Exhibition 2020, University of Surrey - details

26th - Discovery Day- University of Leicester - Maths and Actuarial Science - details 

26th - Discovery Day - University of Leicester - Engineering and Physics - details

 

MARCH 2020

Residential Summer Schools Programme UNIVERSITY OF SURREY applications close - details

3rd- Cambridge Sutton Trust Summer Schools. They are hosted by a number of leading universities each year to enable students to experience university life and explore their chosen subject in-depth, supporting them in making informed choices about their next steps. The Summer Schools are aimed at year 12 students who wish to progress to selective, research intensive univeristies including the University of Cambridge (who have 500 places across 26 subject strands). Applications are now open with the deadline of the 3rd March 2020  https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/summer-schools

5th- an exciting apprenticeship information event taking place on  at the BDO offices, Gatwick (an international network of public accounting, tax, consulting and business advisory firms which perform professional services under the name of BDO). Sixth form students will have an opportunity to learn more about their apprenticeship opportunities in a range of sectors.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1MkeS05yLVwmCxXgfIOcEgzqi8TLCSf9lSXWZrctCgiuORg/viewform

31st- Spectroscopy Day UCL Chemistry Department- details

 

April

3rd Spectroscopy Day UCL Chemistry Department - details

15thto 17thApril – Southampton University Engineering Experience – details

22nd Student Discovery Day - University of Leicester -  Medicine - details

22nd Student Discovery Day - University of Leicester -  Allied Health Professions (Midwifery, Nursing, ODP, Physiotherapy) – details

23rd April - UK University & Apprenticeship Search event at the University of Kent – All Y12 and Y13 not going through UCAS (but UCAS students can attend if they wish), letter and ParentPay to follow

24th AIMS (Adventures in Molecular Science) UCL Chemistry Department - details

 

The Skills Builder Partnership- Is pleased to be partnering again with global beauty firm, L'Occitane, in offering a two-week internship based in their London office for up to fourteen Year 12 and 13 students this summer. 

It is an absolutely brilliant chance for students to experience life and work at one of the Sunday Times' Top 100 employers in a 'grad scheme' style. With the support of a mentor, students spend one week in one of the brand's boutiques and one week in their central London UK HQ, in a department of the student's choice. Previous interns had opportunities to work in marketing, PR, finance, operations and HR. We have had extremely positive feedback in the past and some interns have had offers of permanent employment from the opportunity.

The theme of the internship is 'Develop Your Potential', so we’re keen to engage as wide a range of applications as possible - previous retail experience not necessary.  Application is by CV and covering letter (example documents can be found here). If successful at this stage, students are invited to an Assessment day in central London. 

Your support in sharing this brilliant opportunity widely with any students in Year 12 and 13 would be hugely appreciated. Information and resources for students and teachers can be found at www.skillsbuilder.org/loccitane-internships

Key Dates

·  Application Deadline (CV and covering letter outlining why they are interested in the opportunity): Friday 3rd April 2020

·  Assessment Day: Tuesday 21st April 2020

·  Internship Dates: Monday 27th July - Friday 7th August 2020

·  Please visit www.skillsbuilder.org/loccitane-internships and share the Student Handout, Example cover letter and CV writing guide with students

·  Run the fully-resourced Teacher Assembly found on the webpage

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Skills Builder Partnership in the meantime, you can find us at www.skillsbuilder.org

 

July

7th & 8th- Accountancy Summer School (9.30am-3.30pm). It is open to 16-18 year olds who are interested in finding out more about a career in accountancy. Email ellamadigan@fi.co.uk

Engineering Taster weeksVarious events, most of which are for July - details

 

‘Headstart’ for STEM subjectsTaster courses and events for STEM based subjects - details

Summer School for Medics- Live event for aspiring Medics- details


Open Day calendars

https://www.opendays.com/calendar/

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/open-days

UCAS Calendar and Events

UCAS Calendar and other events - https://www.ucas.com/ucas/events/find

What type of job do I want? Browse thousands of jobs and what you need to be able to do them! – UCAS Jobs section

Apprenticeships

Apprentice Kent - https://www.apprenticekent.com/home

 

KPMG's Audit Apprenticeship and KPMG360 Digital Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship: They are available for students looking to get a head start in their career after leaving school or college.  Starting in autumn 2020, those joining will receive the training, qualifications and experience they need to thrive in the world of business and the tools to support them in their transition into the world of work.

Kent Choices

Y11 login page - https://www.kentprospectus.co.uk/login/

PiXL Futures

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Work Experience

When do I do work experience?

 

Year 10: Monday 6th- Friday 10th July 2020

You will need to complete the following document if you are finding your own placement:

Year 10 Self-Placement Form

 

Year 12: Monday 30th March-Friday 3rd April 2020

You will need to complete the following documents:

Year 12 Self-Placement FormYear 12 Student consent form

 

What is work experience? What should I expect?

Frequently asked questions about work experience 

 

 

 

 

 

Labour Market Information

What is Labour Market Information?

This tells us about current work and job environments in specific regions. This includes information about occupations, industries and companies. It can help you identify the skills that employers are looking for.

Click on one of the sections below to find out about more about a specific job.

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Where can I find out about this?

Labour Market Information: January-March 2020

Data Hub


 

Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a form of on the job training in a specific trade or profession. It usually requires some accompanying study.

 

Where can I find an apprenticeship?

apprenticeships.gov

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Useful Links

Successatschool A free website although you are encouraged to create a log in. This includes the ability to search career pathways and find out what employers are looking for.
National careers service The government specialist service for young people to get impartial Careers Advice.
Mystudentevents A free to access site suitable for Sixth Formers. It includes mini psychometric quizzes, information about careers’ events nationally and frequently updated spotlights on specific career paths.
Icould Another useful free website. It is packed full of short films about a variety of actual jobs by people who are doing them.
Careersbox A free site. This has masses of short films embedded in it where all kinds of people talk about a wide variety of areas of work.
App electric logo rgb black Apprenticeships is the government’s initiative. It is designed to inform and inspire young people to consider apprenticeships as a credible route to a rewarding career.
Blue blue A free to use site asks users to register but seems to be a user-friendly source of starter jobs, in particular in the financial sector.
Myworldofwork A free website that is good for students in KS3. It allows students to explore potential careers linked to option choices.
Cis Career opportunities in the sporting and health/fitness worlds.
The ideas foundation logo Career opportunities in the Creative Communications Industry.
Msc Information about careers in the medical profession.
Allaboutc A useful website looking at various careers including the financial sector.
Unicompare Compare Universities, with the largest student city guide list, one of the largest accepted-only personal statement reference lists, over 150 university advice information articles and over 50,000 video views from our resident student.
Notgoingtouni An excellent free site which includes lots of relevant information about alternative pathways for A Level students, as well as live job and apprenticeship opportunities.
Mcslogo A useful and free site. It has comprehensive guidance and quizzes as well as a dedicated parents’ section.
Inspiringfutures Inspiring Futures specialises in supporting young people to make informed career and education choices. Website links to a Futurewise programme (not free) that helps individuals to choose potential careers via questionnaires and assessments.
Mykindafurture A free website that needs a login set up. Linked to many national and local brands and employers it offers routes in to competitions and events that may lead to internships or other ways to link with potential future employers.
Apprenticeshiprec More information about apprenticeships, including a directory of regional training and apprenticeships providers.
Panjango A free to access site will involve a sign up, but allows younger students to explore careers in relation to location and related jobs.
Milkr A free website that combines live job and apprenticeship vacancies with general careers’ information.
Careermap A useful portal for Y11 and Sixth Form to gain updates of national apprenticeship vacancies.
Cv library CV-Library is a UK job board. It is the third-largest employment website in the UK. The job board hosts the UK’s largest CV database of over 12 million CVs. CV-Library is one of the top 500 most visited websites in the UK allowing employers to search for specific individuals with certain skill sets.

Resources for parents

Careers Information for Parents

As a parent, you are incredibly influential when it comes to the decisions your child makes in all areas of their lives and that is especially true when it comes to their education and careers. We know that the choices, which are open to your child today, may be very different from when you were in their position and you may feel as if you’re unsure about what advice to offer.

We want to try and make it as easy as possible for you to talk to your child about their options confidently and know that the information you have is as accurate and as up to date as possible.

What are the options for Post-16 Education?

There are a range of options available for continuing to study, Post 16. Your son/daughter will need to apply for either A Levels, or a Level 3 course of study. Most post-16 education establishments will require them to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Band 4 (some courses of study will have further requirements).  

What do the different levels of study mean?

Confused about study options and levels?

Level 1 – GCSEs at grade D and below/band 4 and below
Level 2 – 5 or more GCSEs at grade C and above/band 5 and above
Level 3 – A Levels, AS Levels, BTEC Level 3

For more information of the full range of qualifications and their levels visit the National Careers Service.

Choosing what to study

This takes careful consideration and research. Your son/daughter will need to consider the subjects they are strong in, that keep their interest and that they enjoy. There is more information about subject related careers on the curriculum section of the school website.

There are plenty of sources of help available for their research:

Post-16 Schools and Colleges

There are a number of local schools and colleges which will offer a wide range of courses and provision such as A Levels, Apprenticeships and work-related (vocational) studies. Your son/daughter can find prospectuses for many of the schools/colleges online. They can look at their websites for further details on what they offer, and for details of their open days and application process. 

Traineeships and Apprenticeships

A Traineeship is an introduction-level programme that combines a work placement with training, it helps to prepare young people for the world of work and supports with English and Mathematics if required.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher/Degree levels, and are available in a wide range of employment sectors. The length of time that it takes to complete is dependent on the level and occupation. All Apprenticeships are real jobs so young people on the programme can earn a salary.

All Apprenticeship opportunities must be advertised on the National Apprenticeships Website. Your son/daughter must be registered on this site to apply. They are allowed to start an Apprenticeship once they have reached the compulsory education leaving date, after the last Friday in June.

More information about Apprenticeships can be found using the links below.

What is an Apprenticeship?
National Apprenticeships Website 
The Apprenticeship Guide
Interserve Learning and Employment

What are the Post 18 Further Education options?

University

Many students will consider University as a natural progression from their level 3 studies, more information can be found on:

Complete University Guide
UCAS
Whatun
Which? University

Higher/Degree Apprenticeship

This is an alternative to University. Higher Level Apprenticeships are advertised on the National Apprenticeships Website.

Where can I look for Careers Information Advice & Guidance?

National Careers Week

Follow this link for more information regarding how to obtain a copy of National Careers Week’s free 12 page ‘A Guide for Parents: Steering your teenager toward a job and career’: http://win-that-job.com/parents-guide

Information from the National Careers Service
Follow the link below for parental guidance from the National Careers Service.
NCS Resources for Parents

Advice and Guidance from the Careers Writers Association
Follow the link below for parental guidance from the Careers Writers Association, with invaluable support for parents trying to guide their son/daughter. 
http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

 

What other areas can I support with?

CV Writing

Advice and guidance on supporting your son/daughter with writing a CV/cover letter can be found below.

Example CVs (Target Jobs)
How to write a CV (Prospects)
How to write a CV (Reed)
Your CV (Help4Teens)

Interview Techniques and Tips

Advice and guidance on supporting your son/daughter with their interview techniques can be found below.

Interview Advice (National Careers Service)
Interview Techniques (Target Jobs)
Interview Techniques (Reed)
Interview Tips (Prospects)

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