Here you will information relating to careers, apprenticeships and university applications.
JMHS has a visiting careers adviser, Mrs Catherine Webster, who is professionally qualified and a member of the Career Development Institute, with 16 years’ experience of advising 13-19 year olds.
Mrs Webster is in School on Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time and is based in the Careers Room opposite the Dance Studio. Any student can drop in to speak to Mrs Webster at brunch or lunchtime on a Wednesday or Thursday.
Students can request a more in-depth interview with Mrs Webster via their tutor, Head of House, or Mr A Williams (Assistant Head Teacher); Sixth Form students can be referred via their mentor. However priority for interviews will be given to students likely to need most support, for example Y 11s who want to do an apprenticeship after GCSEs.
In addition, please note that all students have free access to careers advisers from the National Careers Service: NCS Advisers are available 8am to 10pm, seven days a week on 0800 100 900 or via webchat.
JMHS provides a variety of activities and resources to help students
- Explore and research the broad range of future educational and career options available to them
- think about what they enjoy, what they are good at, what motivates and interests them, their preferred learning style, and what the various options require in terms of skills and qualifications.
- consider the current job market and how this might change in the future
This enables students to make well informed decisions about their futures.
We encourage students to grasp the opportunities available to them, both inside and outside of school, to develop the knowledge, experience, skills and attitudes which together with getting the best exam results will equip them to make a successful transition to working life. Activities and resources that can help with this process include:
- Taking an active part in the careers lessons which are part of School’s PSHE programme.
- Attending careers talks in school; some of these are delivered in assembly and others are sessions students can go to voluntarily.
- Attending Options Evening (lower school).
- Attending open evenings/information events held by college/sixth form/training providers and using their prospectuses/websites, to find out about what courses and qualifications they offer, how they will be taught and assessed, and what the entry requirements are.
- Going on trips to local employers, training providers, colleges, universities.
- Doing work experience and/or voluntary work.
- Taking part in extra-curricular activities.
- Speaking to people who know the students well, such as form tutors/mentors and subject teachers, parents and friends, to help identify and explore a student’s strengths and values.
- Speaking to a Careers Adviser – see above.
- Networking with people who have experience of careers, education, and training options that are of interest to you, e.g. at the Year 10 Careers Speed Networking Event
- Doing a careers matching questionnaire to discover jobs that may match your personality, interests and skills, such as the short ‘BuzzTest’ http://icould.com/buzz/ or the more in depth ‘Game’ (https://www.plotr.co.uk/game/ )
- Using specialist websites; we particularly recommend: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/youngpeople/Pages/Youngpeople.aspx for general careers information, advice and guidance (‘IAG’), and https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/default.aspx for detailed information about jobs.
- Similar information, but with more emphasis on videos featuring people talking about careers and the world of work can be found on www.plotr.com and www.icould.com
- http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/ for IAG about work-based learning (apprenticeships & traineeships), including searching and applying for vacancies.
- https://www.barclayslifeskills.com for help to develop skills for working life.
- http://www.totalprofessions.com/home to explore a wide range of professional careers.
- http://university.which.co.uk/ for IAG about university courses, including what A levels/BTECs are needed, and higher level and degree level apprenticeships.
- http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ – not surprisingly covers alternatives to University, such as apprenticeships, gap years, employment
Use this Careerometer to compare career prospects in the West Midland region:
First stop must be the How to Apply For University 2018 for some great information on how the process works and references to lots of useful material.
The UCAS Advisor is a good start to your journey through the UCAS process.