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Careers Education

During the 19/20 academic year, Gordon's School have gone from strength to strength in their careers department. The careers section of their website is testament to this, and it’s now being used as an exemplar for local schools.

 

Adam Watts, Enterprise co-ordinator for enterprise M3 and the careers and enterprise company

 

insight into careers 

 

 

 

 

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AutumnTerm 2020 - Virtual Insight into Careers Talks

Our Virtual Insight into Careers Talks cover a range of interesting careers from a host of fascinating people and can be listened to as a Zoom Webinar or as a pre-recording. Webinars can be booked through the Box Office. Recordings of webinars will also be available on this page after the event. Scheduled talks for this term are:

Back to the Future - Further Education and Early Years Career Skills Coach Sarah Dean will help you decide on the best way forward for you after Gordon's, whether it is going to university, starting working or studying for an apprenticeship. Please click on the picture below to hear her talk.

VIRTUAL INSIGHT INTO CAREERS ARCHIVE
 

Please click on the images below to see their recorded talks.

A Day in the Life of a Premiership Rugby Player

Breakfast with George Nash - Engineering

A Career in the Army

Musician Frank Turner - Black Sheep: Following a Career Path that Everyone Warned you Against

Entrepreneur and Marketing Jarmila Yu - Making Your Linkedin Profile Work for You

Kathryn Watson - Nutritional Therapist

Spring Term 2020 - Speakers

Please click on the careers in bold for further information:

Autumn Term 2019 - Speakers

Pick of the MONTH - rESOURCES, HIGHER EDUCATION AND APPRENTICESHIPS 

Pick of the month is packed full of useful resources including apprenticeship and higher education links and is sent to parents and students every month from the Careers Office. 

Careers drop-in

The Careers Drop-In is open every Tuesday from 3.55pm to 4.55pm (Period 7) in the Careers Office. Anybody wishing to have an informal discussion with Ms Sims, either drop in or email for a confirmed appointment (csims@gordons.school)! It may be particularly useful for those in Year 9 making decisions about their GCSE options; Year 11 for A Level options or for Year 12 students researching options after A Levels.

Careers and Work Related Learning

Students at Gordon’s School can expect a wide variety of activities to enhance their Careers and Work Related Education. There are monthly careers talks and careers drop-in, appointments with our independent Careers Adviser, CV workshops, careers fairs and many other activities. Careers education starts in Year 7, and continues until students leave us in Year 13. 

To find out which career best suits your personality, free psychological and careers tests are available through 123test.com. Once you've found it, please click on one of the widgets below for Labour Market Information (LMI) on that career.

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Skills assessment, careers exploration and finding a course is all available through the Government's National Careers Service. Click on the image below to access:

Students, parents, teachers and employers may also access further information and arrange appointments by contacting the Careers Lead directly.  The Careers Lead is in school during the week and can provide tailored information, advice and guidance relating to the post-16 options available to students. To book an appointment to see the Careers Lead, please telephone or email Ms Sims directly using the contact details below. 

MEASURING AND ACCESSING THE CAREERS PROGRAMME ON STUDENTS

Gordon's measures and accesses its careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks. The impact is accessed through student and parent feedback as well as a feedback card. The programme is conducted in relation to the school's equal opportunities policy, work experience policy, external visits policy and other relevant policies. 

Community/Employer gateway - Can you help? 

Can you help to maximise our students’ contribution to the wellbeing of our community by providing them with work experience and/or becoming involved with careers guidance?

We are looking for employers and businesses in every sector, that can engage with our students and impart their skills and knowledge as well as opening their eyes to career opportunities.

There are a number of ways in which you can help our students – many of them taking just one hour of your time periodically (please see below).

Action                 Timing                 
Site Visit – let our students visit your organisation and see how it works 2-4 hours
Interview Techniques – How can our students ‘sell themselves’ at interview to a potential employer? 1-4 hours

Work Experience – Introduce students in Year 12 (16/17 years old) to working life within your organisation.

1 week (five days)
Careers Fair – Open to all students at Gordon’s and other partnership schools, the annual Careers Fair showcases a multitude of different businesses and professions, HE and apprenticeship providers under one roof One evening

Lectures/Insight Talks – Become a speaker at one of our bi-weekly lectures or

termly Insight Talks which provide a spotlight on various careers

1 Hour
Sponsorship – Opportunities to sponsor various events or by taking out advertising in school publications. Contact development@gordons.school for more information N/A

Employability skills – What makes a person employable? Help our students to

become the workforce of the future through developing their attributes to potential employers

1 Hour
Offer Volunteering Work – All Gordon’s students are expected to complete volunteering hours as part of their DofE and the school’s Character Education. Is your business able to offer this? N/A

Provide Apprenticeships – Could you provide an apprenticeship scheme to those

students wishing to venture into the working world through this route?

Ongoing
Come to our Business Breakfasts (click here for more information and to book). 2 hours (Monthly)

If you would like to be involved with the careers programme at Gordon’s or know someone at your workplace who could be of any assistance please complete the form below.

 

Careers Lead: Ms Caroline Sims - csims@gordons.school - 01276 858084 x 2403
Trustee Link Governor for Careers: Mr Alan McClafferty - amclafferty@gordons.school
Foundation Link Governor for Careers:
Mrs Florence Everett - tbc 

LATEST NEWSLETTER

The Spring Term edition of the Careers Newsletter is out now! Packed with handy tips; advice and interesting information on universities offering webinars and virtual tours, it’s well worth a read. Articles include one with Gordonian Alex Jaksic who now works as a Workforce Analytics Consultant for Deloitte; changes to the legal system and becoming a civil servant. Click on the image to view. For previous Careers Newsletters, please click here

               

Careers Calendar 2020-21
MONTH

Year 7

YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
September    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CV & Interview skills seminar (5)

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

CV & Interview skills seminar (5)

October

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Character and Employability (2,4)

PSHE

Career Insight Talks (3,5) Career Insight Talks (3,5)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Apprenticeships Talk (2,7)

 

Sixth Form Open Evening (7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

Study in the US (7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

Study in the US (7)

November

NHS Careers and Jobs Competitions (2,3,4,5,8)

PSHE

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

NHS Careers and Jobs Competitions (2,3,4,5,8)

PSHE

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

World Skills UK trip (5)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

AS Taster Morning (7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

Medicine, Veterinary & Dentistry Evening (4,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)
December

NHS Careers and Jobs Competitions (2,3,4,5,8)

PSHE

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

NHS Careers and Jobs Competitions (2,3,4,5,8)

PSHE

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Apprenticeships Talk (2,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

National School-leavers' Show (5,7)

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

National School-leavers' Show (5,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

National School-leavers' Show (5,7)

January  

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

 

 

 

Careers Assembly (7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

GCSE Open Evening (2,4)


 

 

Careers Assembly (7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

Careers Assembly(7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Careers Assembly (7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5) Career Insight Talks (3,5)
February   Career Insight Talks (3,5)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

SATRO Careers Speed Networking (2,4,5)

Career Insight Talks (3,5) Career Insight  Talks (3,5) Career Insight Talks (3,5)
March School Careers Fair (5,7)

Career Insight  Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

Google and the Magic of Computer Science (5,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

National Apprenticeship Show (5,7)

 

Google and the Magic of Computer Science (5,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

National Apprenticeship Show (5,7)

 

Google and the Magic of Computer Science (5,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

National Apprenticeship Show (5,7)

 

Google and the Magic of Computer Science (5,7)

April   Career Insight  Talks (3,5) Career Insight  Talks (3,5) Career Insight  Talks (3,5) Career Insight  Talks (3,5)

Career Insight  Talks (3,5)

 

Winchester UCAS Fair (5, 7)

Career Insight  Talks (3,5)
May   Career Insight  Talks (3,5) Career Insight  Talks (3,5) Career Insight  Talks (3,5) Career Insight  Talks (3,5)

Career Insight  Talks (3,5)

(3,5)

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

Career Insight  Talks (3,5)
June         1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

Progression Evening (7)

 

Progression Day (3,5,7)

 

SATRO STEM Speed Networking

(2,4,5)

 
July       Work Experience (6)   Work Experience (6)  
August         Post Exam Result Support (8)   Post Exam Result Support (8)

quality in careers standard Award

The Quality in Careers Standard Award is designed as a development and external assessment framework for accrediting the highest quality CEIAG provision by education providers. Investor in Careers supports educational providers to meet the National Quality in Careers Standard through our unique 3 stage approach which focuses on Commitment, Organisation, Delivery and Evaluation. Our approach to meeting the national Standards supports schools to deliver effective CEIAG, meet statutory and Ofsted inspection requirements and improve their student’s life chances.

For more information about this award, please click here.

Student Entitlement Statement

At Gordon’s you can expect to have:

  • Access to information and time to research careers during school
  • Talks from people who are in the profession you want to go into
  • Useful work experience (including experience in the industry you would want to be in)
  • Tests to see what job would suit you best
  • No pressure to decide what you want to do
  • Information on the job you want to do – hours, salaries, qualifications and skills

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