Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
Welcome to the Careers Information Department at Manshead School. On this page you will find useful information and web links which we hope will help our students and parents to research careers in the world of work.
There is additional information on the Options after Sixth Form page in the Sixth Form area of this website.
Where we fit in
Throughout their school lives pupils and students need to make considered decisions before making subject option choices or finally moving on to university or work and training.
At these key times it is important that they have access to a sound network of support in order that these decisions may be as well founded as possible.
Impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance aimed at helping students to find information sources and to reflect on their abilities, interests and aspirations is often a crucial part of this process and is what we are about.
Careers information advice and help
Students can get careers advice and help from:
- Mrs S Hawkins – WRL/ Careers Adviser (Level 4 Diploma in CEIAG)
- Mrs D Thomas – 4YP (Matrix accredited) External Careers Adviser (Level 6 Diploma in CEIAG)
- Mrs K Cordt – Learning Manager for Extended Curriculum
Mrs Hawkins is in school every day, seeing students by prior arrangement or at short notice as necessary. All students are welcome to speak to her any break or lunchtime and make an appointment if preferred. Parents are welcome to attend.
Mrs Thomas from 4YP is in school most Wednesdays and generally sees students by prior arrangement.
Our team can provide information, advice, guidance and support to young people on a range of issues that might affect their lives
Students have access to resources available from the Careers Office (located in Meetings Room 2), the Library and from a range of online information.
Crucial to students at the end of Year 12 and the beginning of Year 13 is the library of university prospectuses which provide essential and individual information about courses necessary for the university application process. We also have a comprehensive range of university guides to help students make sound choices.
Manshead have recently signed up to be a part of an exciting new programme, launched by SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership), set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast changing world of work and aims to link businesses and schools so that 12 to 19 year olds gain an understanding of growth sectors, make the most of opportunities within the labour market, develop relevant skills and choose appropriate qualifications. We will have access to our own designated Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser recruited from local senior managers and business owners who will help us develop and shape careers and enterprise strategies, employer engagement plans and draw on their own business experience and networks to inspire and prepare young people for work and help address the skills gap.
4YP are commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council to provide impartial careers information and guidance to students. The link above will take you to a list of useful web contacts resources, and to direct contact information for 4YP themselves.
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. It has lots of useful information including the Job Profiles section which explains the skills and qualifications needed for over 750 jobs; it details what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and the career prospects.
www.cascaid.co.uk This website aims to identify possible career directions and learn about future options. Click on ‘New Kudos’, create a user name and password and enter the licence code Planarts 22 to get started.
www.apprenticeships.gov.uk This website helps young people find apprenticeships in the area of work most suited to them.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk A website dedicated to helping young people make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of university. It lists apprenticeships, ways to get a degree debt-free, alternative forms of study, employer funded study and so on.
www.push.co.uk An independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance and lots more. Push is the only organisation to visit every university in person every year to provide the most detailed, most independent guide to all the UK’s universities. Use Push’s Uni Chooser to sift and sort through the universities to create your own personal short list and find the best one for you.
www.prospects.ac.uk Graduate Prospects is the UK’s leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. In their extensive careers website, there is an Options With Your Subject section which gives career information about various subjects and what area of work graduates have moved into. This may be useful to students who are trying to decide which subject to study at university.
www.ucas.com The UCAS website offers all the information you will need about applying to university, courses offered, fees, entry requirements and lots more.
www.ukcoursefinder.co.uk Locate your ideal university courses. Quickly complete the study interests questionnaire to pin-point your interests in 150+ degree disciplines. Choose the location, study style, type of university or college and let Course Finder search through over 50,000 university courses from 500 UK institutions.