What did you want to do when you grew up?
For me, back in the 80s, careers education involved filling in questionnaires, a brief discussion with my form tutor and if you were lucky (or maybe unlucky demanding on how you viewed it) you also had a careers interview with the advisor who showed you a fairly traditional, limited, frankly beige range of options – inspirational was not a word I would use to describe it. This blog is brought to you by Mrs Mayles. It illustrates how careers guidance has moved on even further than fashion since many of us were at school.
At what age did you know what you wanted to do when you were older? Is this what you went on to do? And how many of us are still doing that job today? Many of us are still in the career that we started out on, yet it is reported our millennials are expected on average to change jobs 5-7 times during their working career. This does not mean it is any less important for students to have a career aspiration and know what it is they want to do when they leave school. It is absolutely key to giving them motivation, direction and knowing what they want to achieve.
Already our Year 11s and Year 8s this year have met with their form tutors for their pathways conversations to look more closely at where they are heading and what might be the right pathway for them. Both Year groups have important decisions to make over the next few months. The Year 11s will be deciding whether they go into sixth form, go to college or take on an apprenticeship, whilst the Year 8s will be deciding what subjects to take for Key Stage 4. Big and important decisions to make that will influence their future.
Our 6th form open evening allowed our students to find out more about the subjects they want to study and where this might lead them after the sixth form. We had near on 400 students visit Hazeley on a fantastic evening. Our Year 11s will be strongly encouraged to visit other sixth forms and colleges as well to ensure they have all the information they need before making that final decision.
Parents play such an important role in this process; I remember my own parents sitting me down to have the conversation about what it is I wanted to do. I don’t think it came as any surprise to two teachers that I wanted to follow in their footsteps and head not only into the same profession but also into the same subject. The opportunity to sit with them and formulate a plan of what I needed to do to achieve this was essential. I think it helped them also know the role they needed to play in this as well.
We were not so lucky to have IT platforms like Unifrog to research the different routes and opportunities then. Now you can put all you predicted grades and subject preferences into one place and the platform does the research for you and scales down the information into manageable chunks. Please encourage your son/daughter, no matter which year group, to use this tool as it can really open their eyes to what is out there for them to consider. This year we are continuing to ensure students have the opportunity to explore different opportunities. We are continuing to have the Careers workout sessions with Work Tree for Year 7-10, all students will have a pathways conversation with their tutor, we will be visiting the Apprenticeship Fair in March and students will discuss different careers within their lessons, as well as some of our Drop-Down Lessons and Days being career focused.
We want all our students to be able to tell us their career aspiration, so please ask them yourself too, what does your son/daughter want to do when they are older? Encourage them to aim high and find something that inspires them to become an amazing version of themselves, allowing them to gain fulfilment by playing an important role in their community, be this locally or globally.
Assistant Principal - Sixth Form