Welcome to our Careers Homepage.
We are proud to announce that St Mary's has been recognised nationally as an 'outstanding' centre of excellence in careers advice!
We have just been awarded the Career Connect Quality Award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIG).
St Mary's Careers provision, according to the Career Connect Quality Award report, is 'outstanding'.
CEIAG is available to all students from Year 7 through to Year 13. Mr Chew is the Careers Co-ordinator for the college. A significant part of CEIAG lessons are delivered by our RE department, supported by Miss McParland who organises each session and provides excellent resources for teachers and students. In addition, some activities are completed in Progress & Aspiration time with Form Tutors.
Our Careers Officer, Mrs Dutton is commissioned by the school to provide independent careers advice and guidance to students and she is available in school on Monday and Wednesday each week. An appointment can be made by emailing Mrs Dutton (parents are welcome to attend). email@example.com
Below: St Mary's Careers Fair 2016
A brief outline of our CEIAG programme
In Year 7 students will be encouraged to think about what careers are available and how people achieve those careers. They will be able to identify their own skills and qualities and link these to the skills that employers find important. There will also be visits to class by members of staff who will discuss their careers with the students
In Year 8 students will have the opportunity to look at different career paths and activities are completed to investigate the previous careers of some celebrities. The concept of employability skills will be developed and students will think about which skills they need to develop to be successful. There will also be sessions on equality and diversity to help students challenge common misconceptions about gender and employment.
In Year 9 students will be encouraged to think about their own career pathway and they will spend some time in the careers library researching jobs and finding out about the salary available and the qualifications needed. Local job market information will be provided to help students identify where potential future employment opportunities may exist.
In Year 10 & Year 11 students will look at the pathways available to them after their GCSEs. This will include an induction to our Sixth Form, and some information about apprenticeships, college courses and employment opportunities. Students will be expected to produce a CV, Personal Statement and a Career Plan for their Progress File to help them prepare for their future destinations.
In our Sixth Form, all students have the opportunity to complete work experience with a local employer. Sessions are also held to develop employability skills and time is spent making sure that CVs are up to date and students are fully prepared for what lies ahead. There is also a full programme of support for students wishing to continue to their studies at university.
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(Please let Mr Chew know if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org)