Careers Advice and Guidance

Our Careers Resources Centre is based in Door 3, adjacent to the Library. 

Careers Adviser Support:
  • Working with the school staff to develop effective whole-school approach to Careers Education.
  • Helping students to access careers information and make use of computer aided guidance tools.
  • 1- 1 help in discussing and planning for future careers and options.
  • Helping students to complete the application process, in the manner required by the provider of the most appropriate option for them.
  • Support in finding employment and training options is available.
  • Selected Year 11 students will have a 1-1 guidance interview during the school year.

We greatly appreciate the good links we have with the community at Coundon and are present at selected Parents Evenings for Key Stage 4 students.

Parents/carers are able to contact us during the school day to discuss courses or careers that are of interest to their son or daughter.

Who is Who in the Careers Office
Di Davies - Careers Co-ordinator
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The Careers Resources Centre is open throughout the school day.
Careers Resources

The school subscribes to a number of online resources where students can access impartial information to help them make informed and realistic career plans Resources include:

Kudos This website contains a CV building tool and UCAS Personal Statement Builder as well as personalised career suggestions based on skills and interests.
Licence Code:- talkinfo68
UCAS An essential website for anyone considering university and wanting to find out about courses and entry requirements.
Lots of information for parents too.

 

Other Online Careers Resources
Tomorrow's Engineers Resources for students wishing to follow an Engineering career
National Careers Service Comprehensive information regarding over 750 different job profiles. Supports CV preparation, job application and interview preparation
icould Video clips of people who have experience of working in a variety of job sectors.
Careersbox Short films and current news articles covering a wide range of careers.
Step into the NHS Find out more about the 350 careers in the NHS and register for a free Careers Welcome Pack.
Science and Maths An inspiring website for those interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Ucasprogress Educational courses and training opportunities in the local area.
Plotr The one-stop-shop for career inspiration and preparation
Barclays Life Skills Learn work skills, money skills, people skills and gain work experience. Build a CV.
Moving On Magazine A website that gives information to young people about alternative paths at the end of their school career
Notgoingtouni A website that looks at alternatives to going to study at university
LMI For All Labour Market Information

(Coundon Court is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites)

 

Labour Market Information

For more information about local developments visit your Local Enterprise Partnership’s website – for Coventry and Warwickshire this can be accessed at http://www.cwlep.com/

Major points from this website include:-

  • Engineering skills shortage could affect our economy
  • According to the annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey, 39% of firms are struggling to recruit workers with advanced STEM skills – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
  • Additionally, a study from the Royal Academy of Engineering predicted that the industry will need over one million new professionals between now and 2020.
  • These messages aren’t getting through to young people, and Higher Education establishments continue to recruit to students’ interest, rather than economical need. This is why labour market information, delivered by careers advisers to young people in schools, is so important.
  • In Coventry and Warwickshire, manufacturing is a key developing industry, which links in with the engineering sector. But if we don’t have the skills locally the area will not benefit properly. Therefore we should be educating our young people about local economic developments, to explain how they can really make the most of it.  

 

 
Job Hunting

We recognise that not all students will wish to continue into Post 16 education at the end of Key Stage 4 or go to university after A Levels.  Some students wish to enter the employment sector instead.

Support is available for students who are considering going directly into employment when they leave school and those considering this option are encouraged to attend an individual guidance interview to talk through their ideas. Entering the job market directly from school does not rule out the option of going to university at a later date providing the entry requirements for the course are met.

Students who do not know what area of work they would like to go into are encouraged to explore different careers using our Online Careers Resources.

APPRENTICESHIPS

There are 3 entry levels – Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships. Some Higher Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to study for a Foundation Degree and the possibility of progression to an honours degree for suitably qualified applicants. Information about the different types and levels of apprenticeships can be found on the apprenticeships website, see below. This website has a vacancy search facility.

The Careers Department is regularly notified of apprenticeships and other vacancies with local employers. There are now nearly 200 different types of apprenticeship across all the employment sectors in areas such as design, IT and healthcare as well as business and engineering related roles. Apprentices earn a wage and learn job specific skills alongside study for nationally recognised qualifications.

Self-employment

This requires a good business idea, as well as the skills and knowledge to run your own business and a source of finance to cover start up costs. Shell LiveWIRE provides free advice and support to young entrpreneurs aged between 16 and 30 who are starting or running their own business. Visit www.shell-livewire.org for more information and ideas.

Useful Websites

National Careers Service Comprehensive careers advice and information on over 750 job profiles.
Apprenticeships Advice and vacancy information on the full range of apprenticeships.
Not Going to Uni Advice, guidance and vacancy information for school leavers looking for A Level Training Schemes, Apprenticeships, Distance Learning etc., as opposed to going to a university to follow a degree course.
Open Doors Media The Regional Training Prospectus contains local employment information and details of apprenticeships.
Jobseekers Direct Contains advice for young people seeking employment and voluntary work as well as live vacancy information.
Employment4students  Employment4Students aims to help students and young people find work. It contains a wide range of the latest student jobs, part time jobs, temporary jobs, internships and graduate jobs.
NHS Careers The information service for careers in the NHS in England, including a vacancy search.
Alec Provides tips on writing your CV, finding a job and handling interviews
National Guidance
Research Forum
The National Guidance Research Forum offers labour market information across 25 employment sectors.
Sector Skills Councils Information on different job areas from the experts.