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Careers Education

During the 19/20 academic year, Gordons 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 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 2020 - Virtual Insight into Careers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 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:

Summer Term 2020 - Speakers

  • Friday 1st May - A day in the life of a Premiership Rugby Player
  • Thursday 14th May - A career in Engineering 
  • Thursday 4th June - Working in Disaster Relief - Webinar
  • Thursday 11th June - A career in Music - Webinar
  • Thursday 18th June - Make your LinkedIn Profile Work for You - Webinar
  • Thursday 2nd July - A career as a Nutritional Therapist

Spring Term 2020 - Speakers

Please click on the careers in bold for further information:

Autumn Term 2019 - Speakers

Pick of the Week 

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

 

 

Careers Cafe

The Careers Cafe is open every other Thursday from 3.55pm to 4.55pm in the Careers Office. Anybody wishing to discuss work experience or careers can just turn up. It may be particularly useful for those in Year 9 making decisions about their GCSE options or for Year 10 and Year 12 students looking at work experience options.

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 fortnightly careers talks and careers cafe, appointments with our Careers Adviser - Mark Anderson, CV workshops, careers fairs and many other activities. Careers education starts in Year 7, and continues until students leave us in Year 13. Year 10 and Year 12 students also have the opportunity to complete work experience in the last week of the Summer Term.

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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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 10 (15/16 years old) and

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

Independent Careers Advisor: Mr Mark Anderson - manderson@gordons.school - 01276 858084 x 2403
Link Governor for Careers: Mr Alan McClafferty - amclafferty@gordons.school

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 2019-20
MONTH

Year 7

YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
September   Career Industry Talks (3,5)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

Meducators Workshop (4,5)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

Work Experience Parent Presentation

 

Meducators Workshop (4,5)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

Meducators Workshop (4,5)

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

 

Meducators Workshop (4,5)

 

CV & Interview skills seminar (5)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

Meducators Workshop (4,5)

 

CV & Interview skills seminar (5)

October

Character and Employability (2,4)

PSHE

Career Industry Talks (3,5) Career Industry Talks (3,5)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

Apprenticeships Talk (2,7)

 

6th Form Open Evening (7)

Career Industry Talks

(3,5)

 

 

Study in the US (7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

Study in the US

November

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

PSHE

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

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

PSHE

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

World Skills UK trip (5)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

AS Taster Morning (7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

Medicine, Veterinary & Dentistry Evening (4,7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)
December

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

PSHE

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

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

PSHE

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

Apprenticeships Talk (2,7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

National School-leavers' Show (5,7)

 

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

National School-leavers' Show (5,7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

National School-leavers' Show (5,7)

January  

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Careers Assembly (7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

GCSE Open Evening (2,4)


 

 

Careers Assembly (7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

Careers Assembly(7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

Careers Assembly (7)

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

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

 

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

SATRO Careers Speed Networking (2,4,5)

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

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

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

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

National Apprenticeship Show (5,7)

 

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

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

National Apprenticeship Show (5,7)

 

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

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

National Apprenticeship Show (5,7)

 

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

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

Career Industry Talks (3,5)

 

Winchester UCAS Fair (5, 7)

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

Career Industry Talks

(3,5)

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

Career Industry 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)

Investor in Careers Award

The Quality in Careers Standard 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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