Careers Mission Statement and Aims
Inspiring, encouraging and enabling students to make informed choices and to prepare for their future and the world of work.
Together with local employers, alumni, careers education providers and universities, the Careers Department supports students at every stage throughout their school life.
The careers provision enables students to:
• Explore careers and the job market
• Develop self-awareness, employability & enterprise skills
• Make informed decisions about their education including apprenticeships, university, traineeships.
Providing our students with opportunities to develop their key skills and undertake guided research will help them to become more confident and employable and will equip them with the skills and knowledge to be successful in their future careers.
Welcome to the Careers section of the website, offering a flavour of the work of the Careers Department throughout the school. We are proud of our Careers provision at Westholme, which aims to offer every student appropriate information, advice and guidance at each stage of their journey through secondary school.
Students have all day open access to the Careers Room and are encouraged to drop in at any time if they need assistance with any questions about options choices, career opportunities and university courses. There are also structured lunch time activities where students are supported in their research.
Paths to Professional Careers - A Parent's Guide
The 2017 edition of Paths to Professional Careers contains information and guidance for parents to help their child explore career options and weigh up whether to go to university or earn and learn at the same time as an apprentice or on a school leaver programme. The guide includes apprentice, graduate and parent profiles, as well as advice on getting into finance, business, engineering and IT.
The Careers Room has a library area with a range of publications for all ages to research a variety of careers, apprenticeships, gap years and study skills including preparation for the UKCAT. There are also prospectuses for UK Universities.
Westholme is a member of the Inspiring Futures Careers Service which is represented at Parents' Evenings and the Sixth Form Open Evening. Parents also have access to the Head of Careers at these evening events and are welcome to arrange daytime appointments or to make contact via telephone or email. ISCO also provides an invaluable information helpline and arranges careers experience courses for sixth form students on a range of professions. The most recent monthly IF Newsletter (October 2017) can be accessed by clicking the IF logo:
Students are supported in making important decisions at each Key Stage. The careers programme at Westholme is a combination of curricular and co curricular provision with formal careers input to PSHE lessons in terms of GCSE option choices, work experience, A Level subject choices, careers development and UCAS application planning and preparation.
Year 8 students take part in the Real Game morning and follow-up, as well as an Enterprise Day with facilitators from the world of work. Year 9 have careers related PSHE lessons including The Careers Investigator, in preparation for making their GCSE option choices. Year 10 are introduced to the online resources for exploring careers and HE courses and take the Morrisby Online assessment to support their post-16 career planning which can be accessed by clicking on the icon below.Every Year 11 student has an individual careers interview which can be followed up at lunchtime with further research.
Careers Convention (2016) Higher Education Fair (2017)
Lunchtime Careers Seminars are organised in partnership with the Development Department, providing a range of fascinating presentations from former Westholme students and parents.
Alumni Careers Seminars
Together with the Head of Sixth Form, the Careers department is involved in Parents' Evenings, visits to Higher Education and skills events and work experience.
Two Westholme students were successful in securing Business Management Apprenticeships at BAE Systems from September 2016. Please click here to read more.
UCAS - www.ucas.com
Student finance information - https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
Good Uni Guide - http://gooduniguide.co.uk
Apprenticeships - An introduction to Higher Apprenticeships
National Careers Service - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Post 16 Education
Career of the Week
Come along to the careers room at lunchtimes to find out more about jobs and opportunities in the career area of the week. We will explore a variety of different roles in a particular field of work and then find out more about course the entry requirements and progression routes into the job of your choice.
Work Experience Requirements
Medicine Foundation Course