Careers

The Careers Department aims to put pupils ‘in their element’. Careers provision in St. Mary’s seeks to offer pupils opportunities that will inspire them to become effective career decision makers, empowered to manage their own career development while embracing the full spectrum of career pathways open to them.

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Careers Department aims to:

  • enable pupils to identify, assess and develop the skills and qualities necessary to choose and implement an appropriate career plan;
  • support pupils to acquire and evaluate information and review experiences to identify and investigate appropriate career pathways and learning opportunities in education, training and employment, locally, nationally and internationally;
  • develop pupils’ skills in career planning and decision-making to manage transition; and
  • support, advise and guide pupils to make suitable career development choices.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 3, Careers Education is delivered through the Employability strand of the Learning for Life and Work programme. Through Employability, pupils have the opportunity to explore a wide range of careers, as well as developing an awareness of their personal skills and capabilities. Year 10 pupils are offered extensive support and guidance in choosing GCSE subjects. This includes an individual Careers Guidance Interview prior to choosing GCSE subjects.

YEAR 8 CURRICULUM

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

  • What’s in a Job?
  • Employability Skills
  • My Skills
  • My Past, My Present, My Future Career
  • How Did You Get to Where You Are?
  • My Personal Goals
  • Job Types in Local Community
  • How Enterprising Are You?
  • The Entrepreneur Challenge

YEAR 9 CURRICULUM

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

  • What is an Entrepreneur?
  • The Entrepreneurial Mind
  • The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship
  • Do Big Wins Require Big Risks?
  • The Entrepreneur Challenge
  • Presentation of the Bright Ideas Competition.

YEAR 10 CURRICULUM

In Year 10, pupils study the following topics:

  • Skills Building
  • My Personal Qualities
  • It’s All About You
  • Introduction to Career Management
  • Personality
  • Branding You
  • Does Technology Affect Employment?
  • The New Age of Employment
  • The New Employment
  • Keeping Up with the Trends
  • Careers Research using JED Explorer Database
  • List the Results – Top Five Job Trends
  • Introduction to Personal Career Planning
  • Careers Presentation
  • Linking JED Choices to Exploring University Courses
  • My Choices
  • What Would I Like to Study?
  • Is My Study Relevant?
  • Influencing Factors
  • Job Research using JED Results
  • My Choices
  • Confirmation of Subject Choices for Key Stage 4

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

In the Careers Department at Key Stage 4, pupils are guided towards making informed decisions about Post-16 pathways. Employability is delivered over one lesson per fortnight. Year 12 pupils also have a dedicated Careers lesson once a fortnight with a member of the Careers Department.

YEAR 11 EMPLOYABILITY

In Year 11, pupils study the following topics:

  • Before They Were Famous
  • How to Find Employment?
  • Job Search - The Recruitment Process / Job Advertisements / NI Job Finder
  • The Application Process
  • Application Form V Curriculum Vitae
  • Completing the Application Forms
  • The Selection Process / Aptitude Testing
  • Careers Research using JED Explorer Database
  • List the Results – Top Five Job Trends
  • Becoming an Entrepreneur
  • Creating a Product - How to Design, Market and Sell
  • Product Presentation and Review

YEAR 12 EMPLOYABILITY

In Year 12, pupils study the following topics:

  • Team Work
  • Leadership
  • Effective Working Practices
  • What’s the Idea?
  • Starting a Business
  • The Entrepreneurs’ Experience
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Responsibility
  • Social Responsibility: Employers and Employees
  • Fair Trade
  • On the Move
  • Working Futures

YEAR 12 CAREERS EDUCATION

In Year 12, the Careers Education Programme includes the following topics:

  • Exploring Post-16 Pathways
  • Choosing A Level Subjects
  • Further Education
  • Apprenticeships and Training
  • The Application and Selection Process
  • Careers Research
  • Personal Career Planning

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 5 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 5, the Careers Department offers advice and guidance on the range of career options available at both higher and further education level. At AS and A2 Level, Careers is delivered over one period per fortnight with the opportunity for additional individual careers guidance meetings and relevant workshops. The Careers Department helps guide students to make informed decisions based on their career aspirations and their personal skills and qualities. Careers classes provide guidance on:

  • Exploring Opportunities in Higher Education
  • Job Research
  • Preparation for Work Shadowing
  • University Course Research
  • Application and Selection Processes
  • Student Finance
  • Transition to Higher Education
  • Interview Preparation

EXTRA- CURRICULAR PROVISION

The Careers Department contributes extensively to the school’s extra-curricular provision. Extra-curricular activities include:

  • Work Shadowing
  • Mock Interview Programme
  • Visits to University Open Days, including Queen’s University, University of Ulster, Cambridge University, and Oxford University.
  • Programme of Guest Speakers
  • Careers Inspiration Event
  • Guidance Interviews
  • DEL Careers Service Interviews
  • Parent Information Evenings and Parent Guidance Interviews
  • Past Pupil Presentations
  • Post Examination Results Support
  • Training for UKCAT / HPAT-Ulster / HPAT – Ireland, LNAT, BMAT Tests
  • Oxbridge Interviews
  • MMI Interview Guidance and Preparation

FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

The Careers Department has a designated Careers Library containing a range of literature related to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. The department has access to an ICT suite and Guidance Interview Rooms.

CAREERS INFORMATION

The Careers Department liaises closely with the Head of Department for each subject area to ensure that pupils studying in each department are fully informed about career progression opportunities linked to particular subjects.

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