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Our Vision

Students discussing Careers

Here at William Brookes, our school mission is to realise the amazing potential of our students through hard work, great learning and building relationships with others. We also believe in helping students to make wise choices and nurturing their individual passions, as well as developing them into responsible, caring citizens who thrive and positively contribute to society.

Careers education is absolutely essential to achieving this mission and developing our students into well-rounded young people ready to go out into the world. Our vision is that careers guidance at William Brookes would achieve the following:

Inspire

We aim for all students to feel inspired by the possibilities for their future studies and careers, and hear from a range of employers about their sectors and what it is like to work in them.

Broaden Horizons

We aim for all students to be educated in the whole range of possibilities open to them, including information about academic, technical and apprenticeship courses.

Break down barriers and stereotypes

We aim for students to feel empowered to follow their own passions and interests without being held back by barriers and stereotypes.

Provide practical support

We aim to support students with the processes required for reaching their next steps, including deciding where to apply for their next steps.

Develop skills

We aim to develop our students into employable young adults, working to improve interpersonal skills, and educating them in areas such as how to conduct themselves at interview, and how to write a CV.

Meet the Team

We have a dedicated team to ensuring careers provision at William Brookes is high quality, with their details below:

Careers Lead Mr J Boak
james.boak@wbs.318education.co.uk
01952 728900
Careers Advisor Ms M Lawrence
mel.Lawrence@wbs.318education.co.uk
01952 728900

William Brookes School has its own dedicated Careers Advisor; Melanie Lawrence (Post grad dip QCG) Melanie is in school one day per week, (usually Mondays). Appointments are available during lesson times and there is a ‘drop-in’ facility at break time, lunch time and after school. The Careers Room is based near to the school library.

School Governor Careers Link Ms Caroline Hamp
admin@williambrookes.com
01952 728900
Careers Support Karen Jones
karen.jones@wbs.318education.co.uk

Evaluation of Impact

The school will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school. We will also analyse evaluation and feedback from our stakeholders after providing the following feedback opportunities:

  • Parents will be contacted for their evaluation of careers events at the end of each year
  • Staff will be given the chance to evaluate the careers programme each year
  • Employers and external providers/speakers will be given the chance to evaluate the programme after events they are involved with
  • Students will be given the chance to evaluate the careers programme via questionnaires atarting at the end of Year 7

In addition, please contact any of the careers team if you would like to leave any further feedback.

Useful links

The links below contain a wealth of information and resources for teachers, students and parents:

Exploring Careers

  • National Careers Service - A comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.
  • iCould - Check out 1000s of career videos to help you on your careers journey. You can also self-assess your ‘personality type’ here as well.
  • Careers Box - A free careers resource showing 100s of real people doing real jobs.
  • MYPATH - general careers videos, but especially good for Science and Maths
  • The Marches Careers Hub - Longer 10 minute videos from local people covering a range of careers.
  • BBC Bitesize - Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career or just curious, the Bitesize team can explain the world of work, with advice from people who have found the right path for them.
  • UCAS - a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education. Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships.
  • Community Resource - Help with solving young people’s transport issues in getting to college etc.
  • Unifrog - A great platform for researching careers and pathways, writing personal statements, CVs and more. Students will need a log-in which they will be given at school.

Jobs by School Subject

  • Career Pilot - a great range of videos covering careers by the school subjects they relate to.

Y9 GCSE Options choices & linking subjects to careers

Websites aimed at parents

Volunteering

  • Do It - National volunteering website.

Post 16 providers

Apprenticeships

Career specific websites

Medicine

Teaching

Armed forces

Accountancy

  • ICAEW - Info on entry routes, training and opportunities in accountancy.

Animal Care

  • Vet Sure - Information on how to become a vet.

Aerospace

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

Digital/web careers

  • Bubble Jobs - Explains different kinds of careers in Digital/Web sector.
  • TP Degrees - What digital role might suit you?
  • Capgemini - Careers opportunities and apprenticeships at Cap Gemini

Law

  • All About Law - A guide to degrees and careers in Law.
  • LNAT - Guide to the test you may have to take to gain entry onto a Law degree. Every year Shrewsbury School run LNAT master classes. E-mail tpp@shrewsbury.org.uk.
  • Law Careers - Guide to becoming a Lawyer.

Creative

  • Careers in Music - A useful website on careers in music.
  • CC Skills - Careers advice on working in the creative industries. Includes jobs/internship/work experience aboard.
  • My Fist Job in Film
  • Discover Creative - Bringing together careers information and opportunities from creative organisations in one explorable directory.

Media

  • Channel 4 - Opportunities to begin and develop your career in the media industry.
  • BBC - Entry and work experience schemes in engineering, journalism and production.
  • Screen Skills Investing in the people driving the success of UK Film, TV, animation and games.
  • Opportunities at ITV

Hospitality and Travel & Tourism

Motor Industry

  • Autocity - Find your dream job in the motor industry.

Construction

  • Go Construct - Providing information around careers in construction.

Writing

Sport

Other large companies

  • Unilever - Careers and apprenticeships at Unilever, producer of consumable goods.
  • BT - Careers at BT, the telecoms company.

The information on this page will be reviewed annually each September. Next review: September 2024.