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National Careers Week at Kingsley Academy

posted 23 Mar 2016, 02:18 by Martin Evans   [ updated 24 Jun 2016, 06:18 by Kingsley Academy ]

Students at Kingsley Academy took part in an exciting National Careers Week from 7th – 11th March 2016, during which the whole school was involved in activities and events.

Year 9 students took part in one-to-one interviews with senior members of staff, who gave advice on choosing their GCSE options subjects.

During tutor time, students were encouraged to explore their chosen careers by using the Careersoft Higher Ideas website. The website encourages students to aim higher and presents a comprehensive selection of resources to help students and teachers find out which career, course or university will help them on the road to success. Students were able to find out about which GCSEs and A Levels are needed for courses or jobs, and which colleges and universities run those courses. Information was available about careers in areas of particular interest to them.

On Tuesday 8th March, a number of students visited a CEIAG lunchtime drop-in for advice on A Level choices, universities and apprenticeships.

On Thursday 10th March, we were visited by alumnus (former student)  Sandeep Walia. Sandeep talked to a group of Year 11 students about working for the NHS and gave advice on how to get work within the NHS, strongly advising them first to volunteer through the NHS website. He spoke about the exciting variety of jobs that are available within the NHS and spoke about his time at this school, remembering our current Principal, Ms Kirby, when she was his French teacher here.

On Friday 11th March, we were visited by alumnus Dave Jackson, founder of the YouTube Channel AllTIme10s. Sixty students gathered to hear Dave spotlight the key steps in creating a successful YouTube channel. Dave explained how through hard work, dedication and self-belief, anyone can take up a career in the media-based industries. He described how he had the idea to make his channel when talking to a friend about which were the ten best crisp flavours. They expanded on the idea and now work from offices in central London, where Dave manages 30 employees. Dave’s favourite teacher was his Head of Year, now Senior Vice Principal, Mr Sadhra.

Also on Friday, Year 11 students took part in Formal Friday, designed to prepare students for the expectations of 6th form dress code and the 6th form experience at Kingsley Academy.

On Wednesday 16th March, Year 12 and 13 students attend an event hosted by Transport for London, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

TfL and companies within their supply chain offer apprenticeships in many different departments. As part of National Apprenticeship Week, students from AET academies, interested in apprenticeships in these areas, were invited to attend the annual event held at the beautiful City Hall. Specialist apprenticeships on offer included engineering, human resources, track work, quantity surveying and design. Students were encouraged to talk to prospective employers and sign up for further information about the application process. "I gained a useful insight into engineering and developed my knowledge about a different, non-traditional career path." - Brandon Chander "It was an experience to be able to ask questions about apprenticeships and learn more about the options available, instead of going to university." - Fraser Rees

Overall it was a busy week for the students at Kingsley Academy, thinking about and exploring their future career paths.