||Please click on the name to contact the Careers Co-ordinator: Mr J Dhesi
Careers education at Charters aims to develop the knowledge and skills our students require to make successful career choices. We work closely with Careers Advice Ltd to ensure all our students receive the best possible advice and guidance in order for them to make well-informed choices for their future.
The school has an abundant supply of careers resources. The Durning room has a comprehensive careers library offering resources on further and higher education, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for our sixth form. The main library houses careers resources which focus on the needs of students in Years 10 and 11. In addition to this, all students have the opportunity to have a guidance interview, in confidence, with our Careers Personal Advisor. Parents can attend the interview with their son/daughter should they wish.
Careers also plays an important part of the academic interviews and we ensure guidance is on hand for our Year 9 and 11 students, should they require further support in order to help them make informed choices regarding their options.
Work experience is undertaken by students on selected vocational courses in the sixth form. Students can arrange their own placement or request one from us. The school works closely with East Berkshire Education Business Partnership who organise our student work experience placements. Our students have always excelled in the workplace and we receive glowing reports every year from employers, many of whom offer our students jobs.
A structured careers module is taught across Years 7 to 9 as part of their Citizenship lessons.
A wide range of careers software is available for students to access in and out of lesson time. Kudos is a major piece of software used which aims to identify broad areas of work best suited to the pupils’ interests and suggests jobs for future investigation.
The following summarises the work undertaken in the department with different Year groups:
Years 7 and 8
- Children’s Rights
- This is Me
- Then & Now
- What is work?J
- Job studies
- This is what I want
- Individual and group interviews with our Careers Personal Advisor
- Where am I now? – self development
- Where do I want to be?
- How do I get there? Action Planning
- A look at the subject options available in Key Stage 4
- Investigating the world of work / future opportunities
- Learning how to use KUDOS
- Completing a study of the skills, qualities and qualifications required for a specific job
- Learning how to write a CV
- Filling in a job application form
- Writing a letter of application
- Careers Week – this looks at career opportunities available in their chosen subjects of study. This is led by individual departments at school.
- Individual / group interviews with our Careers Personal Advisor
- Session led by Careers Advice Ltd on apprenticeships and employment with selected students
- Post 16 options
- Mock interview for every student with an external interviewer
Years 12 and 13
- Using careers software
- Careers aptitude tests
- Post-18 options
- Guest speakers from industry
- UCAS research and completion of personal statements
- Group sessions for Year 12 Diploma students to advise them on apprenticeships, employment and education options
- Careers and Jobs Conferences
- Guidance interviews with our Careers Personal Advisor
- Work experience for students on selected vocational courses