Careers

Careers

Key Contacts and how to get involved.

Miss Al-Hariri leads our Careers Programme as the Head of Universities and Careers Service. She can be contacted on c.al-hariri@kingsolomonacademy.org.

If you are an employer or self-employed person, interested in working with the school on their Careers Programme, please see Ways to get involved’  

If you are interested to see which employers the school works with, please see ‘Partnerships’

Vision

The aim of our Careers Programme is to ensure that all our students are prepared for life after King Solomon Academy, in the world of work. We particularly want to help students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the changing job market.

Curriculum in each Year Group

Year 7

When will it happen? Objective
HT1 or HT2 Understanding transitions ‘write a guide for Year 6s, reflecting on the transition from Junior to Middle School’
HT2 Understand your own personal strengths and weaknesses
HT1 (PKSA) and HT3 (Careers Week) How does gaining higher qualifications increase the breadth of jobs and earning potential you can access?
HT3 Careers Week Understand how different jobs require different skills and knowledge
HT3 Careers Week Careers Carousel- hear from 3 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these.
HT3 – Careers Week - DEAR What makes for a dream job?
HT3 Careers Week Be able to understand the range of graduate jobs in a brief way i.e. being able to name 10-20 graduate jobs
HT6 – Warwick Preparation and Warwick University Trip Why do I want to go to university? What are the reasons people want to go to university?
HT6 – Warwick Prep Lessons and Warwick Trip University life- day in the life of an undergraduate

Year 8

When will it happen? Objective
HT1 Can one person make a difference? How to have a real positive impact in any job
HT2 What types of job are high-impact? How to choose which world problem to focus on.
HT3 Careers Week Understand the range of graduate jobs in more depth i.e. what does a pharmacist do?
HT3 Careers Week Careers Carousel- hear from 3 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these.
HT3 Careers Week Understand jobs in terms of advantages and disadvantages and likes and dislikes of jobs.
HT3 Careers Week Understanding the concept of LMI and how it may impact on job choice.
HT3 Careers Week Relating your own personal strengths and weaknesses to the skills needed for different jobs.
HT4 Understand key employability skills needed for success in many workplaces and how to develop these.
HT5-6 How are universities similar and different? Campus v City, subject specialisms, facilities, London vs non-London, Super selective, highly selective
HT6 Jamies Farm Prep Bath and Bristol preparation- how can we compare and contrast them?

Year 9

When will it happen? Objective
HT1 – Reflecting on where we are so far, looking to the year ahead Explain how you have benefited from careers/universities activities and what you have learnt.
HT3 Careers Week Research skills- how do I find out information about careers and universities?
HT3 Careers Week Which jobs put you in a better position?
HT3 Careers Week Careers Carousel- hear from 3 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these.
HT3 Careers Week Understanding how careers may develop over time and how these relate to companies structures e.g. understanding promotions, sideways moves, changing sectors etc.
HT3/4 Work Shadowing Write a cover letter when applying for work shadowing to present yourself within a selection process.
HT4- Options An understanding of the different routes at post 16 and beyond to achieving your goal (Apprenticeships/Degree apprenticeships/BTECs etc.)
HT4 Work Shadowing Understand health and safety aspects relating to work experience and laws on child employment.
HT4 Work Shadowing All students take part in a 2 day work shadowing placement, to gain an experience of the world of work.
HT5 University Preparation University courses- what is out there? How do I find out more?
HT5 University preparation Employability and subject choice. How does subject choice now, after GCSEs and in the future affet my employability?
HT6 Make targets to reflect your aims for your next steps e.g. GCSE grades, Post 16 choices

Year 10

When will it happen? Objective
HT1 Pupils relate their academic targets to their next steps
HT1 What can I do beyond the curriculum to develop passion in my subjects?
HT2 University and employability- what doors do different courses open or close?
HT2 Why does it make financial sense to go to university? Student Finance/other bursary/sponsorship opportunities /comparing cost to apprenticeships etc
HT3 and HT6 How to network effectively in a speed networking and relaxed networking format
HT3 How to find the right career for you.
HT4 Understand the qualities and attributes needed to succeed in different careers and how to record these.
HT4 How to complete application forms, cover letters and CVs to be successful with lots of guidance.
HT5 How jobs are changing in the future e.g. portfolio careers/flexible working
HT5 Understanding salaries including starting salaries and progression and what that means in reality.
HT4 and HT6 How work related learning can help you understand more about careers and how to do it safely.
HT6 All students take part in a 4 day Work Experience Placement

Year 11

When will it happen? Objective
HT1 How to complete application forms and cover letters to be successful, with some assistance.
HT1 How your post16 options can affect your choice of careers in the future, and have the opportunity to have a taster day to experience these options.
HT1 How to complete an interview/application form effectively, understanding STAR format of interview questions.
HT2 Understand how you can use LMI data to choose a career
HT2 Challenging preconceptions and stereotypes of roles, courses, jobs and careers.
HT2 How to write a Career Plan
HT3 How to develop skills to independently communicate with adults from a range of careers and how to ask them question about their role.
HT3 How to understand how selection is carried out in the workplace, with relation to equality of opportunity, interview skills etc.
HT3 Understanding a greater number of graduate jobs in good detail
HT4 How do I understand university league tables?
HT4 Understanding the different types of university degree e.g. those with placement years, those with integrated masters, sponsored degrees etc. and other routes into careers.
HT4 What can you do over summer to develop that passion?

Year 12

HT1 Understanding where I am heading? What are the options? Creating a target for the end of Sixth Form.
HT1 All year 12 students visit the University of Sussex
HT2 Why do we go to university? What opportunities does university offer? 

What is the UCAS process?

How do I make the most of opportunities to build my UCAS in Y12?

What are Apprenticeships? Why should I choose this pathway? How does the application process differ between these two pathways?

HT3 How am I a professional member of Sixth Form / the wider community? 

What is professional dress?

How do I communicate effectively and professionally?

How do I use technology at school and in the workplace?

HT3 All students take part in a Speed Networking event at BP
HT3 All students attend a Careers Fair
HT4 How do I set up a bank account? What is important to consider when getting a bank account? 

How do I budget effectively?

How do I find a part-time job?

How do I write a CV? How do I write a cover letter? How do I get references?

How do I balance my studies and my part-time job?

What skills can I develop with a part-time job? 

HT5 What course would I like to do at university? 

Which universities should I consider?

How do I select which open days to attend?

How do I write a personal statement?

HT6 How do I show passion for my subject? 

How do I research academic sources?

How do I reference and use bibliographies?

How do I record my findings?

Year 13

HT1 What am I working towards? How do I select the right universities/apprenticeship providers? Completing applications to University and Apprenticeships
HT2 How do I prepare for interviews? What are the challenges and excitements of leaving home? What does my academic, social life and routines look like at university and in the workplace?
HT3 How do I build my CV? What opportunities are available for me at university to help my career? Preparing for assessment days
HT4 Understanding Student Finance, and financial budgeting for both students and apprentices
HT5 How do I choose from the options I have available – university and apprenticeships? What happens if I don’t get my grades What does results day look like?

 

Curriculum Routines

Careers education takes place in a variety of contexts within the school. This includes:

- Year group specific sessions in PKSA (KS3), Advisory (KS4) and Tutor Time (KS5).

- Drop Down Days – in Careers Week or in preparation for Work Experience, Interviews etc.

- Assemblies- we invite a range of employers to speak to students about their careers.

- Careers Week Activities -  Careers Week happens in late January each year, with a range of activities engaging with employers happening for each year group.

- Through the academic curriculum – all subjects link careers when teaching to ensure students understand how the skills they are learning are relevant to the workplace.

- Experiences of the workplace - Work Shadowing in Year 9, Work Experience in Year 10, plus a range of opportunities across other year groups to visit a workplace.

Students keep a record of the Careers preparation work they have completed within their Careers Folder. This allows them to reflect on each experience, to help them achieve their personal goals.

Careers Opportunities

As well as the core curriculum, students have the opportunity to take part in a range of optional activities relating to the world of work in school. These include:

- trips associated with a subject e.g. visit to Somerset House to understand about jobs within the Arts as part of Art week.

- Workplace visits e.g. visits to our partners McKinsey or BP.

- Workplace Skills workshops and competitions e.g. Enterprise competition, STRIDE, MyBnk.

- Extra Curricular – employers support our extra-curricular provision including in sport and coding.

- TAP Tutoring programme – all tutors on the Access Project are top graduates working for a range of employers. To find out more about The Access Project see here

There are also opportunities run outside the school day which are advertised to students through noticeboards and emails and are an independent way for students to learn about areas of particular interest to them. This has led to students gaining mentors, visiting workplaces and gaining new skills.