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Futures (Careers)

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

St George’s Academy has an ongoing commitment to ensuring that all our pupils have access to good quality impartial careers advice, thereby ensuring that each pupil has the best possible foundation on which to base their future choices and pathways.

Careers support is provided throughout the whole school and in Life Skills lessons at all Key stages. Each student has access to information in the Futures Centre and in the Library at the Ruskington Campus.

The Futures Office is staffed from 8-4pm Monday to Friday.
Strategic Careers Lead: Jane Webster
Operational Careers Lead: Donna Jarvis
 
If you wish to get in touch, please email
 futures@st-georges-academy.org 
or ring our direct number 01529 301177.


Careers Education at St George’s Academy

     + Year 7

     + Year 8

     + Year 9

     + Year 10

     + Year 11

     + Year 12

     + Year 13

In Year 7 pupils start to explore:

  • the different career pathways
  • age restrictions on jobs and maximum working hours for age groups
  • the personal skills needed for certain jobs
  • their own skills, strengths and interests

Year 7 also have access to Unifrog and you can have a go at the following:

Interests Profile – this is to gauge a bit about you and what you do and don’t like. For further details and to take you to the instructions on what to do click here.

Personality Profile – this is a personality test. Answer the questions as honestly as you can from the multiple choice selection.  For further information about Personality Profiles and Instructions on what to do click here.

You may also want to start looking at these:

Subjects Library – here you can enter the subjects that you like or would like to take and it will suggest what careers these could lead to. For further information on the subjects library and instructions on what to do click here.

Careers Library – here you can enter the type of career you would like and it will give you more detailed information about that career and the subjects you need to take, the qualifications you need to get such a job etc. For further information on the Careers Library and instructions on what to do click here.

Alternatively you can log straight into Unifrog.org and take a look for yourselves. You will continue to use Unifrog throughout your time in school so that by the time you reach Year 11 and Sixth form you will have a good knowledge and able to use it to the best of your ability.

You can also check out these websites for further career platforms that can help, click here.

For further information or guidance please email futures@st-georges-academy.org

In Year 8 pupils start to explore:

  • What am I like
  • Thinking about GCSE Options
  • Thinking about careers
  • Options assembly
  • Curriculum Evening
  • Unifrog

Whilst in Year 8 to get yourself familiar with Unifrog you can have a go at the following:

Interests Profile – this is to gauge a bit about you and what you do and don’t like. For further details and to take you to the instructions on what to do click here.

NB: If you have already completed these in previous years you can do them again at any time, you can also push the results to your locker and see how you change over the years.

Personality Profile – this is a personality test. Answer the questions as honestly as you can from the mulitiple choice selection.  For further information about Personality Profiles and Instructions on what to do click here.

NB: If you have already completed this you can take it again at any time.

As you will be taking your options this year it is highly recommend that you take a look at the following to help you choose the right path for you:

Subjects Library – here you can enter the subjects that you are taking now or would like to take in the sixth form or at college, it will suggest what careers these could lead to. Have a good look at the types of careers it suggests, do these appeal to you, can you see yourself doing this in the future.  Equally you may have a subject that you love but no idea what career could come from it so this is a great way to find out. For further information on the subjects library and instructions on what to do click here.

Careers Library – here you can enter the type of career you would like and it will give you more detailed information about that career and the subjects you need to take, the qualifications you need to get such a job etc. This is especially useful if you know what job you would like but not what subjects you need to get such a job. There may be specific subjects that you need for a job that you did not realise, so make sure you do your research to reach your full potential. For further information on the Careers Library and instructions on what to do click here.

Also you should now be recording any Activities and Competencies that will help towards your future and that you have achieved during your time at school.

You may have joined the Cadets, Scouts, doing your Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, Music grades, Dance grades etc, all of these will add up by the time you get to 6th form or college and therefore you can start recording some Activities and Competencies of things you have achieved during your school years and now is a great time to start recording these to help in the future when writing a CV or Personal Statement for University. Unifrog has a locker facility aswell where you can upload items such as certificates, prize giving awards, sporting recognition and awards. All sorts of things. So start building your profile now by using these tools. For more information carry on reading below or you can check them out in the Know-How library in Unifrog itself.

Activities – Here you can record any of your achievements, part time jobs etc that may be relevant in the future. Below is an idea of what it will ask you for….
 

Competencies – here you want to record examples of you demonstrating each competency, see this section for more details.
There are lots of different competencies that can be recorded
 

Locker – Here you can store certificates, good work, sporting achievements, prize giving etc Your teacher can also save things to your locker as well.

You can also check out these websites for further career platforms that can help you click here.
For further information or guidance please email futures@st-georges-academy.org

In Year 9 pupils start to explore:

  • Introduction to Higher Education

Year 9 also have access to Unifrog and you can have a go at the following:

Interests Profile – this is to gauge a bit about you and what you do and don’t like. For further details and to take you to the instructions on what to do click here.

Personality Profile – this is a personality test. Answer the questions as honestly as you can from the mulitiple choice selection.  For further information about Personality Profiles and Instructions on what to do click here.

NB: If you have already completed these you can do them again at any time, you can also push the results to your locker and see how you change over the years.

Subjects Library – here you can enter the subjects that you like or would like to take and it will suggest what careers these could lead to. For further information on the subjects library and instructions on what to do click here.

Careers Library – here you can enter the type of career you would like and it will give you more detailed information about that career and the subjects you need to take, the qualifications you need to get such a job etc. For further information on the Careers Library and instructions on what to do click here.

Alternatively you can log straight into Unifrog.org and take a look for yourselves. You will continue to use Unifrog throughout your time in school so that by the time you reach Year 11 and Sixth form you will have a good knowledge and able to use it to the best of your ability.

Also you should now be recording any Activities and Competencies that will help towards your future and that you have achieved during your time at school.

You may have joined the Cadets, Scouts, doing your Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, Music grades, Dance grades etc, all of these will add up by the time you get to 6th form or college and therefore you can start recording some Activities and Competencies of things you have achieved during your school years and now is a great time to start recording these to help in the future when writing a CV or Personal Statement for University. Unifrog has a locker facility aswell where you can upload items such as certificates, prize giving awards, sporting recognition and awards. All sorts of things. So start building your profile now by using these tools. For more information carry on reading below or you can check them out in the Know-How library in Unifrog itself.

Activities – Here you can record any of your achievements, part time jobs etc that may be relevant in the future. Below is an idea of what it will ask you for….

Competencies – here you want to record examples of you demonstrating each competency, see this section for more details. There are lots of different competencies that can be recorded

Locker – Here you can store certificates, good work, sporting achievements, prize giving etc Your teacher can also save things to your locker as well.

For further information or guidance please email futures@st-georges-academy.org

You can also check out these websites for further career platforms that can help you click here.

In Year 10 pupils start to explore:

  • Researching jobs
  • Employability skills
  • Workplace behaviour
  • Job applications
  • Futures Focus

Year 10 also have access to Unifrog and you can have a go at the following:

Interests Profile – this is to gauge a bit about you and what you do and don’t like. For further details and to take you to the instructions on what to do click here.

Personality Profile – this is a personality test. Answer the questions as honestly as you can from the mulitiple choice selection.  For further information about Personality Profiles and Instructions on what to do click here.

NB: If you have already completed these you can do them again at any time, you can also push the results to your locker and see how you change over the years.

Subjects Library – here you can enter the subjects that you like or would like to take and it will suggest what careers these could lead to. For further information on the subjects library and instructions on what to do click here.

Careers Library – here you can enter the type of career you would like and it will give you more detailed information about that career and the subjects you need to take, the qualifications you need to get such a job etc. For further information on the Careers Library and instructions on what to do click here.

Alternatively you can log straight into Unifrog.org and take a look for yourselves. You will continue to use Unifrog throughout your time in school so that by the time you reach Year 11 and Sixth form you will have a good knowledge and able to use it to the best of your ability.

Also you should now be recording any Activities and Competencies that will help towards your future and that you have achieved during your time at school.

You may have joined the Cadets, Scouts, doing your Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, Music grades, Dance grades etc, all of these will add up by the time you get to 6th form or college and therefore you can start recording some Activities and Competencies of things you have achieved during your school years and now is a great time to start recording these to help in the future when writing a CV or Personal Statement for University. Unifrog has a locker facility aswell where you can upload items such as certificates, prize giving awards, sporting recognition and awards. All sorts of things. So start building your profile now by using these tools. For more information carry on reading below or you can check them out in the Know-How library in Unifrog itself.

Activities – Here you can record any of your achievements, part time jobs etc that may be relevant in the future. Below is an idea of what it will ask you for….

Competencies – here you want to record examples of you demonstrating each competency, see this section for more details.
There are lots of different competencies that can be recorded

Locker – Here you can store certificates, good work, sporting achievements, prize giving etc. Your teacher can also save things to your locker as well.

For further information or guidance please email futures@st-georges-academy.org
You can also check out these websites for further career platforms that can help you click here.

In Year 11 pupils start to explore:

  • CVs and cover letters
  • Interview skills
  • Exploring personal strengths
  • Careers Fair

By now many of you will hopefully be used to Unifrog and have some data recorded already and started researching for your future.

If you are new to the school or have not yet come across or used Unifrog then please complete the below. It is also handy for those of you that completed this in early years to retake some of the profiles to see what has changed. Remember to push the original to your locker for safe keeping.

Complete the following to find out abit about yourself and for Unifrog to understand you abit more.

Interests Profile –this is to gain information about what you do and don’t like. For further details and to take you to the instructions on what to do click here.

NB: If you have already completed these in previous years you can do them again at any time, you can also push the results to your locker and see how you change over the years!

Personality Profile – this is a personality test. Answer the questions as honestly as you can from the multiple choice selection.  For further information about Personality Profiles and Instructions on what to do click here.

NB: If you have already completed this you can take it again at any time again you can push the results to your locker and see how you and your ideas change over the years!

Now is a really good time to revisit the Subject and Careers Library too….

Subjects Library – here you can enter the subjects that you like or would like to take and it will suggest what careers these could lead to. For further information on the subjects library and instructions on what to do click here.

If you know the Career that you are heading for, you can look it up here to see what A levels or BTEC courses you might need to take. If you know, it is worth still taking a look in the Careers Library to make sure you are on track. You can also have a look at what qualifications they will be looking for and whether you can go straight from doing A levels or BTECs or whether you will need a University degree. You can also look up the course you may want to do at university to see what grades you will need to get on your chosen course and what A levels are required.

Careers Library – here you can enter the type of career you would like and it will give you more detailed information about that career and the subjects you need to take, the qualifications you need to get such a job etc. For further information on the Careers Library and instructions on what to do click here.

Searching your next steps after sixth form or college…. 

Feel free to take a look at any of the above to help you decide on the A levels you might need to get on your chosen university course…..

If you are looking at studying A levels with a view to going onto University you can go to the UK University tool to look up the types of courses available, the different universities and also what grades you need to be achieving in order to get on your selected course.  Once you have done this you can also start taking a look at your chosen universities and what they offer, and the grades they expect you to achieve.

There is also an Apprenticeship tool if you are looking to get an Apprenticeship and you can find jobs here as it is linked to the gov.uk website and regularly updated. There is also a CV writing tool on Unifrog to help you write that winning CV. You can also email this to futures@st-georges-academy.org at anytime and we will be happy to have a look over it for you and help with any queries.

You can also search for sixth form and colleges here too.

Other things to be doing:

If you have not started doing this through the lower years then now would be a really good time to start putting in some activities and competencies. These will help in the future when writing your CV, Personal Statement or attending interviews. It is a great way of keep a record of your achievements and great work you have done.

Activities – Here you can record any of your achievements, part time jobs etc that may be relevant in the future. For further information see the Activities sheet here.

Competencies – here you want to record examples of you demonstrating each competency, see this section for more details.

There is also a ‘Locker’ – Here you can store certificates, good work, sporting achievements, prize giving etc Your teacher can also save things to your locker as well. These might be useful achievements for your future.

For further information or guidance please email futures@st-georges-academy.org

In Year 12 pupils start to explore:

  • Careers Fair
  • Work experience
  • University trip
  • Apprenticeships
  • Ask the Expert

By now it is hoped that you have started using Unifrog and hopefully have some data on recorded already and made a start on researching for your future.

If you are new to the school or have not yet come across Unifrog then please do the following:

Complete the following to find out about yourself and for Unifrog to understand you more.

Interests Profile – this is to gauge a bit about you and what you do and don’t like. For further details and to take you to the instructions on what to do click here.

NB: If you have already completed these in previous years you can do them again at any time, you can also push the results to your locker and see how you change over the years.

Personality Profile – this is a personality test. Answer the questions as honestly as you can from the multiple choice selection.  For further information about Personality Profiles and Instructions on what to do click here.

NB: If you have already completed this you can take it again at any time.

If you have not yet done so we strongly recommend you take a look at the Subject and Careers Library…

Subjects Library – here you can enter the subjects that you have chosen to take and it will suggest what careers these could lead to, even if you know the career path it is worth taking a look as it may suggest something you didn’t even know existed! Equally you may have a subject that you love but no idea what career could come from it, so this is a great way to find out. For further information on the subjects library and instructions on what to do click here.

If you know the Career that you are heading for, it is worth still taking a look in the Careers Library to make sure you are on track. You can also have a look at what qualifications they will be looking for to whether you can go straight from doing A levels or BTECs or whether you will need a University degree. You can also look up the course you may want to do at university to see what grades you will need to get on your chosen course. Equally it may suggest jobs that you did not know existed!

Careers Library – here you can enter the type of career you would like and it will give you more detailed information about that career and the subjects you need to take, the qualifications you need to get such a job etc. This is especially useful if you know what job you would like but not what subjects you need to get such a job. There may be specific subjects that you need for a job that you did not realise, so make sure you do your research to reach your full potential. For further information on the Careers Library and instructions on what to do click  here.

MOOCS – this stands for Massive Open Online Learning Courses, during Year 12 you will also be encouraged to complete a MOOC(s), and can take these as part of your enrichment programme, you simply select a MOOC you would like to take and work through it please follow the instructions when you sign in. 

Why do a MOOC!
    They are Interesting
    They are a good test
    They are impressive
    They can boost your skills

At the end, you will need to evidence your findings and this will need to be uploaded to your locker and sent to your form tutor. Not all MOOCs provide a certificate so this is our way of recording them.  You will need to be able to show what you have or haven’t learnt, how it made you realise what you are interested in or any new interests it helped you to develop. Doing this will also help to keep your memory fresh so that you can talk about it at an Interview or as part of your personal statement.

Searching your next steps after sixth form…. 

University - If you are studying A levels with a view to going onto University you can go to the UK University tool to look up the types of courses available, the different universities and also what grades you need to be achieving in order to get on your selected course. 

You will first be asked what is your highest level of qualification you will have so this will either be A Levels or BTEC and what you think your predicted grade will be. Next you will be asked what subject you are looking to study, and then will come up a further list, make your selections (you can choose as many as you like) 

Apprenticeships - There is also an Apprenticeship tool if you are looking to get an Apprenticeship these are the same as can be found on the gov.uk site and are up to date. There is also a CV writer of which you will be given time during your course or form time to start and complete these. Should you need help with this at any time do not hesitate to send an email to futures@st-georges-academy.org. Please fee free to forward your CV for checking aswell.

You can also search for sixth form and colleges here too.

What else…

Do not forget to record your activities as you go along these can be Cadets, Scouts, DofE, Music or Dance grades etc….. 

Activities – Here you can record any of your achievements, part time jobs etc that may be relevant in the future. For further information see the Activities sheet here.

By now you should be recording your competencies of anything you have done that may be worth remembering when writing your CV and attending interviews or writing your 4000 character Personal Statement for University applications.

Competencies – here you want to record examples of you demonstrating each competency, see this section for more details.

There is also a ‘Locker’ option – By now you should be storing relevant documents such as your CV, MOOCS, certificates, good work, sporting achievements, prize giving etc Your teacher can also save things to your locker as well. These might be useful achievements for your future.

University - You will also start your University Application towards the end of Year 12. Firstly you will need to select all of your subject teachers so that they can write subject references to aid your Overall Reference writer (this will be your form tutor). Your Predicted grades will also be recorded here. You will then use the Personal Statement writer to help you write your personal statement. You can start this at any time but will be given full instructions when we start this process. You must remember to send your documents in the correct way which will be stated. There is an option called ‘Ask a Teacher for Feedback’ and here if you select your form tutor they can help guide you on your personal statement with recommendations of how to word things etc, this also then gets sent to the Head of Futures when it is finalised by your Form Tutor, who will then give you further guidance. Remember the Head of Futures does a hundred or more applications each year and has a good understanding of what UCAS are looking for.

We usually start the University process in June/July of Year 12 and it continues through to December. We like to have all applications sent by the time we break for Christmas, this ensure that you can then return in January just concentrating on your studies and with a good chance of getting your desired course (dependant on grades).

Should you be on a one year course, we will help you to source any work experience you require and also can help with CV writing and applying for jobs or further courses.

For further guidance or advice on your next steps please contact futures@st-georges-academy.org

In Year 13 pupils start to explore:

  • Careers Fair
  • Recruitment Event
  • UCAS
  • Personal Statements
  • CVs and cover letters

By now you should have lots of data recorded on Unifrog to help towards your next steps and decide what they might be.

If you are new to the school or have not yet come across Unifrog then please do the following:
 

Remember you can retake any of the following at any time, remember to push any previous ones to your locker.

Interests Profile – this is to gauge a bit about you and what you do and don’t like. For further details and to take you to the instructions on what to do click here.

Personality Profile – this is a personality test. Answer the questions as honestly as you can from the mulitiple choice selection.  For further information about Personality Profiles and Instructions on what to do click here.

Subjects Library – here you can enter the subjects that you have chosen to take and it will suggest what careers these could lead to, even if you know the career path it is worth taking a look as it may suggest something you didn’t even know existed! Equally you may have a subject that you love but no idea what career could come from it, so this is a great way to find out. For further information on the subjects library and instructions on what to do click  here.

Careers Library – here you can enter the type of career you would like and it will give you more detailed information about that career and the subjects you need to take, the qualifications you need to get such a job etc. This is especially useful if you know what job you would like but not what subjects you need to get such a job. There may be specific subjects that you need for a job that you did not realise, so make sure you do your research to reach your full potential. For further information on the Careers Library and instructions on what to do click here.

Searching your next steps after sixth form…. 

University - If you are studying A levels with a view to going onto University you can go to the UK University tool to look up the types of courses available, the different universities and also what grades you need to be achieving in order to get on your selected course. 

You will first be asked what is your highest level of qualification you will have so this will either be A Levels or BTEC and what you think your predicted grade will be. Next you will be asked what subject you are looking to study, and then will come up a further list, make your selections (you can choose as many as you like) 

Apprenticeships - There is also an Apprenticeship tool if you are looking to get an Apprenticeship these are the same as can be found on the gov.uk site and are up to date. There is also a CV writer of which you will be given time during your course or form time to start and complete these. Should you need help with this at any time do not hesitate to send an email to futures@st-georges-academy.org. Please fee free to forward your CV for checking aswell.

What else…

Do not forget to record your activities as you go along these can be Cadets, Scouts, DofE, Music or Dance grades etc….. 

Activities – Here you can record any of your achievements, part time jobs etc that may be relevant in the future. For further information see the Activities sheet here.

By now you should be recording your competencies of anything you have done that may be worth remembering when writing your CV and attending interviews or writing your 4000 character Personal Statement for University applications.

Competencies – here you want to record examples of you demonstrating each competency, see this section for more details.

There is also a ‘Locker’ option – By now you should be storing relevant documents such as your CV, MOOCS, certificates, good work, sporting achievements, prize giving etc Your teacher can also save things to your locker as well. These might be useful achievements for your future.

University - You will have started your University Application at the end of Year 12. You will have selected all of your subject teachers so that they can write subject references to aid your Overall Reference writer (this will be your form tutor). You will need to arrange a meeting with your Form Tutor to discuss your University Reference and for you to let them know anything else about you that may be useful to your application.  Your Predicted grades will also be recorded and you should discuss these with your subject teachers. Over the summer holidays between Year 12 and 13 you should start researching the Universities you are interested in, many will have virtual open events to attend. 

When you return in Year 13 we will launch UCAS fully and you will start to write your Personal Statement on Unifrog. You can start this at any time but will be given full instructions when we start this process. You must remember to send your documents in the correct way. There is an option called ‘Ask a Teacher for Feedback’ and here if you select your form tutor they can help guide you on your personal statement with recommendations of how to word things etc, this also then gets sent to the Head of Futures when it is finalised by your Form Tutor, who will then give you further guidance. Remember the Head of Futures does a hundred or more applications each year and has a good understanding of what UCAS are looking for.

This process will be completed by the time we break for the Christmas holidays. Please stick to the deadlines set and ask for help if you need it.

Apprenticeships – there is also a CV writer on Unifrog of which you will be given time to complete throughout your course. You can send this on to your form tutor or forward to futures for checking at any time. There are also Apprenticeships uploaded daily so about February time onwards you should register for alerts and keep checking on what becomes available. We regularly hear about job opportunities in the futures office so please keep a check on your emails or Unifrog for comments as we will forward these on.

Armed Forces – we have contacts with the Armed forces and can arrange for Interview practice if required. Please do feel free to come and chat to us about the application process at any time.

For further guidance or advice on your next steps please contact futures@st-georges-academy.org