At Ark Alexandra Academy, we recognise that an effective careers programme can help prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that lie ahead. The Government has since updated the Careers Strategy for schools and sets out clear guidelines and benchmarks to help support schools with their delivery of a structured and informative careers programme.
We are however, in a very different situation than we have ever experienced. One that has highlighted a range of different career paths and skills that have come to the fore and have proven to be extremely important. One change that schools and students are getting used to is the idea of conducting/taking part in lessons online via the internet. It is also amazing to see some of the things that can be done with technology. As a result, some of the careers activities that were planned for the rest of the year have been cancelled. Therefore, please see below a variety of resources to help your child continue to gain a greater understanding of the different career paths available and to help them think more about their future.
The Academy work closely with the East Sussex Careers Hub and they have provided schools with some helpful guides for students and their families around career-related activities. Please have a look at these and try some of the different activities that have been suggested.
A few months ago, some students were lucky enough to take part in an assembly from local radio presenter ‘Jack the Lad’. Jack has now developed some online talks that he is doing for students. Please see below a link to the series of talks.
Many students might well be thinking of going to University once they leave College at 18. During their time at the Academy, students will have many opportunities to take part in a variety of University led activities to give them a greater understanding of what it would be like to study and go to a University.
Please see the link below for some activities and information .from the University of Cambridge.
Before Christmas many students experienced some engagement with Universities through fun and engaging activities designed to developing their understanding and address any stereotypes. Each year we aim to take students to visit a University to experience first hand what it would be like to study there. During this time students would have enjoyed a tour of the campus and although we cant now do this Universities have created ‘virtual tours’ for students to look at.
Please see below a link to allow students to take a virtual tour of some Universities within the UK.
St George’s, University of London
Studying Medicine, Healthcare and Science courses at University Webinar Series
St George’s are running a series of webinars which are open to everyone. They are most relevant for people interested in starting a university course in 2021, but teachers, parents and carers are also welcome to attend.
These live, online only events will allow you to find out more about applying for and studying medicine, healthcare and science courses, from the comfort of your own home. You’ll also have the chance to have your questions answered at the end of each event.
Some year 10 students were very fortunate to be able to complete their work experience before the Lockdown. However, students who were due to take part in their work experience at the end of March were less fortunate.
However, many companies have now created some virtual work experience videos to help students to be able to play some part in this. Please see the links below to take part in a virtual work experience. Please see below some links to a virtual work experience.
What's on offer?
Recently added opportunities include:
- 29th June – 3th July 2020 Young Academies Group: Virtual Work Experience for aspiring Journalists and Story-tellers Age: 16-18 Application Deadline 29th May 2020
- 6th July – 10th July 2020 Cisco: Virtual Work Experience for Year 11 in Ciscos Tech/Business Departments Age: Year 11 Application Deadline 6th June 2020
- 6th July – 10th July 2020 UKNA: Spend a virtual experience week with UKNA and earn your Bronze Arts Award Age 14-16 Application Deadline 6th June 2020
- 21st May 2020 Mediacom: Virtual Insight Day with a Leading Media Agency Age: 14+ Application Deadline 15th May 2020
- 6th July -10th July 2020 Jo Cox Foundation: Virtual Work Experience at a unique charitable foundation Age: 16+ Application Deadline 6th June 2020
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Virtual Work Experience Opportunities
- 22nd June – 26th June 2020 Tesco: For Y10 within Tesco`s Food Love Story Marketing/Creative Campaign Department Age: Year 10 Application Deadline: 29th May 2020
- 6th July -10th July 2020 CISCO: Virtual Work Experience For Y11 within Cisco’s Tech and Business Streams Age: Year 11 Application Deadline 6th June 2020
Year 10 College Taster Days
Depending on the situation with the coronavirus, Colleges will be running Taster Days for Year 10 students to gain an experience of what each of the establishments provide. Both Bexhill College and East Sussex College have given Ark Alexandra specific days for our students to attend.
If you are interested in signing up for one of the taster days, please see the links below.
- East Sussex College - Wednesday 1st July- https://www.escg.ac.uk/whats-on/taster-days/
- Bexhill College - Thursday 9th July https://www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/docs2/about/taster_day_2020.shtml
Another route that students could take once they leave school or College could be an apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship is a real job with training, which allows trainees to earn while they learn, as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing.
Please also see some more information below regarding apprenticeships and some activities to develop your understanding.
- Parent information pack.pdf
- How to find an apprenticeship.pdf
- 50 Apprenticeship activities.pdf
- Interactive Student Guide 2020.pdf
Check out “KS3 Explainer film” from Amazing Apprenticeships on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/358762043.
Other resources and activities for students and parents
- Parent and carer guide to career options.pdf
- Design a Careers app activity:
- STEM challenges.pdf
- University Challenge.pdf
- Career word searches:
- CV Writing.pdf
- How to write a personal statement.pdf
- Get ready for the world of work with PwC’s Employability skills toolkit:
- Try completing a personality/careers quiz:
- Try some free online courses to develop your employability skills: