Careers Coordinator: Mrs. Shamilla
At Abu Bakr Girls School we have an extensive Careers programme which aims to provide Careers guidance and support to pupils from Y7 to Y11. This makes them aware of the wide variety of professions available at an early stage and enables them to make informed choices about further education and career paths.
Every year group follows a careers education program which aims to raise aspirations and provide students with a better understanding of the pathways needed to take in order to achieve their goals. Throughout the year speakers from different organisations will come in to provide the students with inspiration and advice.
Year 7- 9 pupils have one hour PSHEE lessons with their form teachers and cover a variety of aspects such as family and friends, year 9 options, coping with feelings, identities, finances, careers information, decisions and confidentiality.
There are a wide range of careers based activities available for Year 10 pupils. The individual Practice Interviews aim to give pupils an idea of a real interview, develop their communication skills and also to prepare them for work experience which takes place annually in March for one week. In year 10/11 pupils are encouraged to visit websites such as Connexions & Jobs 4 U
Pupils are encouraged to visit the virtual Careers Library, where they will find useful website links that will help pupils find some answers to the education and career questions. Pupils will have access to the following links:- ·
Fast tomato: Fast tomato is an online careers guidance site that allows you explore possible careers and plan your next steps. Simply click on Get Your Free Login and follow the instructions.
U Explore: U-Explore is an exciting online multimedia resource which can help you decide: Where you might want to work when you leave school, What skills and qualities you might need to work in a particular role, What types of businesses you might like to work for.
Directgov: – The Directgov website contains information for young people including careers advice. If you’re aged 13 to 19 you can contact a Careers Adviser for information, advice and support on a range of issues affecting young people.
National Careers Service: The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers. nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Careers box: The Careers box website offers over 300 videos providing you with information on different jobs.
Year 11 pupils also have career workshops in which they are taught how to write application forms, curriculum Vitae, Personal statements, Covering letters and interviews.
In conclusion, the Careers Department at Abu Bakr Girls School aims to provide information and advice about careers, access to individual guidance, direct experience of the world of work and information.