Careers

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Deciding what to do in the future can be difficult. With many different options, qualifications and courses to choose from it can be hard to decide. Some people have a clear idea of what they want to do and how to achieve it but not everyone is like this. Everyone is different but it is important to start thinking about the future. Think about what your skills are and what you are good at.

The following websites can help you start to plan for your future:

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

http://www.u-explore.com/website/    – Click user login > Register. The registration code is displayed on posters around the Academy.

The following website is useful if you are thinking of a career in science, technology, engineering or maths: http://www.futuremorph.org/

 Year 8/9 Option Choice

The choices you make in Year 8/9 may affect the choices you make in the future so it’s important that you research your options fully. Subjects such as English, Maths, Science, RE, PE, PSHCE, etc are mandatory so you will always study these.

General advice when choosing your options:-

  • Use the Academy Options booklet to find out which subjects you can pick.
  • Attend the Options Event at the Academy. It is important to research the subjects thoroughly as once you pick them you may not be able to change.
  • Speak to subject teachers and get as much information as possible about what the subjects involve. Think about how they are assessed ie. coursework or exam based. Think carefully about what suits your learning style.
  • Speak to the Academy’s Careers Adviser if you want advice about your options and future careers. You may need to study certain subjects or qualifications for some careers/post-16 courses. Ask yourself what sorts of careers and job families interest you. If you already have an idea, you need to find out if you need any particular subjects or qualifications to get into that area of work.
  • If you don’t know what you want to do in the future, choose a broad range of subjects that will help you to keep your options open. Even if you do know what job you want to do in the future, it’s OK to change your mind over the next few years.
  • The subjects you pick don’t have to relate to a specific job — choose subjects you enjoy and are good at or ones you think you would enjoy.
  • Use the Careers Section in the Library if you want to research careers.
  • You can download a free magazine to you help you with your option choice:-

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/Which_Way_Now-2010-11.pdf

Year 10

In Year 10 you will go on a Work Experience placement which can help you decide on a career. You are encouraged to try and find your own work experience placement as places are limited. Use work experience as an opportunity to try out a career you have been considering.

You will also visit local colleges on ‘taster days’ so you can get an idea on what college life is all about.

Students from all year groups can request a careers interview anytime by seeing the Academy’s Careers Adviser in the Library on the 4th Floor. There is a ‘Careers’ section in the library so you can research different careers.

A Careers Drop-In is held in the Library every Tuesday lunch time. There is also a careers email address that you can use if you have any questions: careers@sentamuacademy.org.uk

At the end of Year 10 you will be introduced to the Logonmoveon website and complete your Profile. Logonmoveon is the website students use to make post-16 applications to the 6th Form, colleges and apprenticeships. You can browse the opportunities available. Your Profile will make up your post-16 application form. Further details can be found on:-

http://logonmoveon.co.uk/

A guide to completing your Profile can be found here – Making Applications

The Academy’s Careers Adviser in the Library has your login details should you require them.

Year 11

All students in Year 11 are offered a careers appointment with the Academy’s Careers Adviser. You will send off your Logonmoveon application form in Year 11. You are advised to apply to all the courses / opportunities you are interested in. You can always turn down places later. Courses fill up very quickly and some are more competitive than others. You will get lots of help applying during PSHCE lessons. Further details can be found on the Logonmoveon website and as stated previously, the Careers Adviser in the Library has your login details.

A Careers Drop-In is held in the Library every Tuesday lunch time. There is also a careers email address that you can use if you have any questions: careers@sentamuacademy.org.uk

The Education and Skills Act 2008 increased the minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning. This is called the Raising of the Participation Age. Further details can be found on the following website:

http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/participation/rpa

You have to continue in education or training until 17 years from 2013 and 18 years from 2015.

Raising the participation age does not necessarily mean that you must stay at the Academy. All Year 11’s have the following options:

  • full-time education, you can stay on at the Academy 6th Form or go to another 6th form or college.
  • work-based learning, such as an Apprenticeship.
  • part-time education or training if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week.

Your options at the end of Year 11 are:-

Full-time Education 

The Academy has a 6th Form that runs a wide variety of courses. The prospectus can be found here:

http://www.sentamu.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/6th_Form_Prospectus.pdf

Other further education options include: going to Hull College, Wilberforce, Wyke, Bishop Burton College.  All 6th Forms and colleges run a variety of courses.

You can go on the college websites to find out more about the courses on offer:

Wilberforce – www.wilberforce.ac.uk

Hull College – www.hull-college.ac.uk

Wyke College – www.wyke.ac.uk

Bishop Burton College – www.bishopburton.ac.uk

You may be eligible for financial support if you stay on in education. The 16-19 Bursary Fund has replaced Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Schools, colleges and training providers have funds to help you if you’re starting a full-time course and think you might struggle with the costs of your studies. You can apply for the Bursary through the 6th Form, College or Training Provider you are going to.

Your parent(s)/carer(s) can continue to claim Child Benefit until your 20th birthday. If they are claiming Child Tax Credit they can also continue to claim this.

For queries or claims contact:

Child Benefit Centre (Washington)
Freepost
NEA 10463
PO Box 133
Washington NE38 7BR

Child Benefit Helpline:
Telephone: 08453 021 444
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm

Tax Credit Helpline
Telephone: 0345 300 3900
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm

Saturday, 8am to 4pm

More information on benefits can be found on the www.gov.uk website.

Apprenticeships

This option involves working for an employer at the same time as gaining qualifications. There are apprenticeships available in a wide range of areas and at different levels. For many apprenticeships you will need to have your own placement.

Apprentices are currently paid a minimum of £2.65 an hour. If you are unable to go straight onto an apprenticeship, for whatever reason, you may be interested in Foundation Learning.

You can search for apprenticeship opportunities on the 14-19 Prospectus www.logonmoveon.co.uk and www.apprenticeships.org.uk

For more information about Apprenticeships see the following handout – Job Search – Apprenticeships L3 job search

Employment

Due to new government legislation if you get a job at the end of Year 11 you must also do part-time education or training, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week. There may not be many job opportunities available so in Year 11 you should always apply for full-time education and / or apprenticeships as well.

The Academy’s Careers Adviser is available to help you look for work and can help you:

  • complete application forms
  • put together a CV and covering letter
  • prepare for job interviews

National Minimum Wage rates

Year

21 and older

18 to 20

Under 18

Apprentice

2012 (current year)

£6.19

£4.98

£3.68

£2.65

For help with job hunting techniques see the downloads below:

Handout – CV
How to write a CV
CV Template in MS Word Format
Example of Bad CV
Cover Letters
Source of job leads
Job Search – Application forms

There are various job search websites available. The main one is https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch as this is the website that all job centre vacancies go on.

There are others that you can also try such as:

www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk

www.hulljobs.com

http://www.fish4.co.uk/jobs/browse

www.cityworks.org.uk

You will need your NI number when you start work, training or if you make a claim for benefits. Your NI number is normally sent to you when you’re about 15 years 9 months. If you are over 16 and haven’t received one, or have lost it, contact:

National Insurance Registrations Helpline
Telephone: 0845 915 7006
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm

6th Form

You have various options when you leave the 6th Form:-

  • Higher Education
  • Further Education
  • Apprenticeship
  • Employment
  • Take a Gap Year

Higher Education  

You can access a very useful guide to Higher Education – HE Guide for 6th form

Higher education offers a wide range of courses and qualifications, such as degrees, higher national diplomas and foundation degrees. Many courses take place in universities whilst others are taught at colleges. Locally there is Hull University. However Hull College and Bishop Burton College also run higher education courses. There is also the Open University which is an online provider of higher education courses. Many students decide to move away from the area to study as there are universities in the UK and also abroad. This can be a fantastic opportunity to study and be more independent.

A higher education qualification is necessary for some careers such as teaching, medicine, architecture, physiotherapist, nursing, midwifery, etc. You need to check out what qualifications you need for the career/s you are interested in. Choosing what you want from higher education takes research and planning.

You can find out more by going on the following websites:

www.ucas.com

https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance

www.prospects.ac.uk

www.opendays.com

www.ukcoursefinder.com

http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

Money Matters – Studying for a higher education qualification can be expensive.  Tuition fees are the amount universities or colleges will charge you each year to study. They vary depending on where you study and what you study. From September 2012 universities and colleges in England can charge new full-time students up to £9,000 a year. If you’re a full-time student studying on your first higher education course, you can get a government loan for your tuition fees.

Living costs cover things like accommodation, food and travel costs. This will vary depending on where you study. If you’re studying full-time, loans, grants and scholarships are available to help you with your living costs. What you’ll receive will depend on your personal circumstances.

For funding of drama training go on: www.ncdt.co.uk

Further Education

You may want to study a different course at the same level. To do this you could stay on in the 6th Form if the course is available or you could go to another college such as Wilberforce, Hull College, Wyke College, Bishop Burton, etc. Bear in mind if you do this that free full-time study is normally available until your 20th birthday. Check out the courses on local college websites if you are interested. Courses are also available on www.logonmoveon.co.uk

Apprenticeships

As previously stated, this option involves working for an employer at the same time as gaining qualifications. There are apprenticeships available in a wide range of areas and at different levels. For many apprenticeships you will need to have your own placement.

Apprentices are currently paid a minimum of £2.65 an hour.You can search for apprenticeship opportunities on the 14-19 Prospectus www.logonmoveon.co.uk and www.apprenticeships.org.uk

For more information about Apprenticeships see the following handout – Job Search – Apprenticeship L3 job search

Employment

Finding a job can be difficult in the current climate. However the Academy’s Careers Adviser can help you with your CV and to complete application forms, etc.

For help with job hunting techniques click on the following:
– Handout – CV
– How to write a CV
– CV Template in MS Word Format
– Example of Bad CV
– Cover Letters
– Source of job leads
– Job Search – Application forms

There are various job search websites available. The main one is https://www.gov.uk/jobsearchas this is the website that all job centre vacancies go on.

There are others that you can also try such as:

www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk

www.hulljobs.com

http://www.fish4.co.uk/jobs/browse

www.cityworks.org.uk

NHS vacancies can be found on www.jobs.nhs.uk

Hull City Council vacancies are on www.jobsgopublic.com

Taking a Gap Year

This involves taking time out before going to university. There’s lots you could do on a gap year for example, you could do some voluntary work abroad, work in the UK to build up your skills or you could travel to see a bit of the world. Some young people decide to split their gap year and do 6 months paid work which then funds 6 months travelling. Whatever you decide to do taking a gap year has many advantages. It will look great on your CV, you can gain valuable skills to help you get a good job in the future, it will increase your confidence and independence and broaden your horizons.

There’s lots of websites that can give you more information on the opportunities available and help you plan your gap year:-

www.gap-year.com

www.bunac.org

www.raleighinternational.org

www.yini.org.uk

www.changingworlds.co.uk

www.hullcvs.co.uk

www.do-it.org

Taking a gap year is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you might not get chance to do again.