Since the start of the new academic year there has been a hive of activity within the Careers Department at SJH.
Throughout the first term there were lots of events helping to inspire and raise the aspirations of all students.
Every Friday Level 3 students from year 12 have been attending a weekly careers lesson to help them with the next step of their journey. There have been visits from local employers such as DWP and Lignum Designs who have been helping with mock interview preparation and looking at careers and finance.
For those considering university they were able to learn more from the University of St Mark and St John student ambassadors who spoke of their own journey and experiences within higher education including courses, accommodation and student life.
Many of our students have the potential to go to university and we encourage them to do so. The University of St Mark and St John delivered an assembly to all MAT students on raising aspirations and informing them of the earning potential they have by going into HE along with the opportunities that it creates.
There are many charities and services who help people and lots of different jobs you can choose if you want to do something in the service of others.
The team from DAA delivered a special assembly to Year 7 students showing them the variety of jobs that you can enter in to within their organisation including pilot, call centre worker, finance, public relations, fund raising..the list goes on.
Local Employers have given their time to work closely with students and help them with a variety of topics including career planning, job searching, job applications, mock interviews and goal setting. Employers included are from organisations such as DWP, Lignum Designs, University of St Mark and St John, SCR Training and the National Apprenticeship Service.
Alfie in year 10 is keen to pursue a career within the armed forces and during his week of half term visited the North Devon Training camp to take part in army based activities to gain further insight into a career within the army. This included various physical and team building challenges as well as drills, weaponry talks and careers talks.
Former students returned to SJH to talk to year 7s about their journey since leaving school. Year 7s listened to the many different experiences and now the great success that they are now achieving within their various roles.
Since leaving SJH they are now in roles such as engineering, finance, event management and emergency services.
After the assembly the group moved on to support year 12 students to help them to understand the process of applying to university or to consider the alternatives to higher education.
Year 7 students took part in a fun workshop to help them understand the importance of working hard early and how their actions will be reflected in future results.
This was a very practical, hands on session which enabled them to explore not only their career options but also their creativity. As a result students fed back that they felt more confident in themselves and more knowledgeable about careers