In Year 13 pupils start to explore:
- Careers Fair
- Recruitment Event
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please fee free to forward your CV for checking aswell.
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 email@example.com