06 Jul HT Blog 38 – Careers
Next week, during the week beginning Monday July 8, many of our Year 10 students will be attending their work experience placements. To many on the outside, this may seem like either a tokenistic gesture towards careers education or the only thing that our students need to do whilst at school in order to tick the careers education box on their CVs, but in reality it is simply another element of what has already been a long and rewarding journey on the part of Daubeney Academy towards establishing this important aspect of secondary education in our school. In KS3, for example, Careers appears as a unit of the PHSE curriculum for students in Years 7, 8 & 9. In addition, Year 9 students have had a speed dating event with local employers and training providers which helped to prepare them for the interviews and job decisions that they will be faced with in just a few years from now. KS3 students have also had Careers In The Curriculum visitors into lessons over the course of the past few years, with scientists, police officers and environmental researchers all speaking to classes about the world of work. In KS4, our students have attended a Careers Fair at KCA as well as workshops put in place by external partners of the school, such as Ask & NSV. Post-16 education providers have also visited our students on a number of occasions so that our students are fully aware of the options that they have once they have completed their GCSEs at Daubeney. All of this, it should be added, has been skilfully organised and implemented by Mrs May, who has become an expert in the field of careers education thanks not only to her own efforts to ensure that Daubeney students get an offer that surpasses the provision of many of our local schools but also to the level 6 Careers Leader course, fully funded by the Careers and Enterprise Council, that she has undertaken alongside her other considerable leadership responsibilities over the course of this academic year.
Our careers page on our website will give anyone interested, parent or student, even more information about what exactly it is that we offer our students and what our ultimate aim in terms of careers education is. On the page, it is noted how we aim to not only “provide students with quality Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), in order to enable students to investigate and evaluate career paths so students are able to make informed decisions at Post 16,” but also “provide opportunities to equip Daubeney students with the skills which will enable them to be successful in any business they wish to work in. In particular, the Daubeney curriculum will aim to build and strengthen skills in Communication, Teamwork/Leadership, Analysing and Investigating, Initiative and Self-Motivation, Planning and Organisation.” On our student careers page, there are links to further sites that will help with the completion of application forms & CVs, tips for dealing with interviews and guidance about the laws around the employment of children. Perhaps the most important careers document on our website, however, is our Careers Plan, which outlines how “Daubeney Academy seeks to provide a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for students in partnership with CMAT, Bedford Borough Council, training and HE providers, businesses, parents, alumni and other external agencies,” as well as noting that “The school’s ambition is to ensure that all students leave equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge required to successfully support their entry to the next stage of their development.” Our Careers Plan also makes clear that “Daubeney’s CEIAG programme has three main aims: Self-Development – enabling students to understand themselves, their strengths and the influences on them, acquiring the core competencies and skills necessary to enable them to access a range of opportunities; Career Exploration – investigation of opportunities in learning and work, understanding the changing world of work and labour market information, and Career Management – developing skills enabling them to make and adjust plans and to manage change and transitions.” What should also be noted, however, is that as much as our teachers will help our students to prepare for their future careers, it’s really down to the young people themselves as to whether or not they make the most of the opportunities that are provided. There are more people than ever before going for the best jobs that are available, so to ensure that they get to where they want to be, our students need to take part effectively in every aspect of the careers education programme that is being offered to them.