Careers Support

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Our careers provision is designed both to help students explore potential career paths and to enable them to identify and articulate the key skills they have developed.

As the students progress through the school our programme encourages self-reflection, helping them recognise and develop the key skills demanded in the workplace and to communicate effectively the extent of their growing skill set to universities and future employers.

Alongside this, students in all years have the opportunity to access the schools careers programme. Our inspiring alumni driven “Slice of Life” talks offer opportunities to hear from a wide variety of professionals and ask plenty of questions. We provide frequent access to employers and highlights include: joa_futures twitter feed; Year 7 Science Inspiration Event; Work Shadowing for Year 8; Year 9 ‘World of Work’ talks; Work Experience in year 12; Year 10 Bridge The Gap programme; and the National Apprenticeship Show at Excel for Year 11 to 13 students.

Schools are legally required to secure independent careers advice for all students and we are committed to providing a planned programme of careers advice and guidance for all pupils in years 7 to 13. 

We work directly with David Ritchie Associates who provide age related engagement activities to enhance our provision and bring students into contact with employers and other education service providers.

David Ritchie Associates

Careerometer - Labour Market Facts and Figures

Careers Information and Research:

@joa_futures - Up to date streamed careers, higher education and apprenticeship twitter feeds

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – Main website for the National Careers Service, there are links to job profiles, CV writing and other careers information.

https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/  - KUDOS - Key Stage 4 & 5 Comprehensive source of up to date information on over 750 different careers and also a very thorough skills and interests questionnaire. 

https://chas.careersoft.co.uk/sign-in/ - Job Explorer Database (JED) Key Stage 3 Comprehensive source of up to date information on hundreds of different careers. 

https://icould.com/  and https://www.careersbox.co.uk/ - extensive bank of short careers videos

http://www.futuremorph.org/  - careers information related to science, maths and engineering

https://www.prospects.ac.uk a web-site to help match skills and personalities to over 400 job profiles.

www.16personalities.com/ helps to explore your personality type, is completely free and gives an informative and detailed profile. Can also help when writing personal statements and CV’s.

Interested in university:

www.ucas.com Universities and Colleges Admissions Service:  Information for those who would like to go to university, everything you need to know including how and when to apply.

https://university.which.co.uk/ University and degree course research tool. Uses UCAS data but offers different search criteria

https://www.whatuni.com/ Good search tool to learn about different universities

https://chas.careersoft.co.uk/sign-in/ Higher Ideas An invaluable tool to start higher Education Research 

https://unistats.direct.gov.uk the official website for comparing UK higher education course data.

www.opendays.com/ It’s never too early to start looking at universities. This website also has a great open day calendar.

https://www.unitasterdays.com/ opportunities to book onto free lectures and demonstrations prior to making your degree course choices

http://russellgroup.ac.uk/ 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research and outstanding teaching and learning

https://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/media/5686/informed-choices-2018-1-6th-edition-final.pdf INFORMED CHOICE - A helpful publication outlining broadly the entry requiremtns to the top 24 Russell Group universities

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance Information about student finance and loan application procedures

http://www.fulbright.org.uk/ Fulbright Commission information about study options in the USA

Year Out / Gap Year research:

http://www.gap-year.com/  research gap year opportunities world wide

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/   research gap year opportunities world wide

https://www.realgap.co.uk/  research gap year opportunities world wide

https://projecttrust.org.uk/  research gap year opportunities world wide

https://www.campamerica.co.uk/  gap Year opportunities in North America

http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry Science and technology placements

Alternatives to university:

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk  Apprenticeship vacancy information and advice about job search.

https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/ Apprenticeship vacancy information and advice about job search

www.getingofar.gov.uk Government’s apprenticeship vacancy site

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/ Apprenticeship vacancy information and advice about job search

https://www.thebigchoice.com/ Apprenticeship vacancy information and advice about job search

https://careermap.co.uk/ Apprenticeship vacancy information and advice about job search

https://careerfinder.ucas.com/ UCAS database linked to degree and higher apprenticeships

https://www.indeed.co.uk/ Enormous generic job search site

https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch Vacancies at UK Job Centres

Local Post 16 Colleges of Further Education

www.westherts.ac.uk

www.uxbridge.ac.uk

www.harrow.ac.uk

www.oaklands.ac.uk