Independent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance is available to all students in Years 8 to 13. Certain groups of students are targeted at specific times in the year in order to help them see the value of making decisions for their future. Priority is given to Pupil Premium students and those identified by the College as being the most vulnerable in an attempt to help them make decisions as early as possible. IAG is supported through a service level agreement with Liverpool Connexions and a designated Personal Assistant is allocated to the school – Miss Caroline Swarbrick. She has a key role in ensuring that pupils are fully aware of their options and she is on hand to help them with any further guidance that they require.
A programme of IAG is co-ordinated by Miss A Bevan. Her role is to help support pupils in terms of organising Connexions interviews, employability interviews and offering valuable information about the opportunities available to them. She is on hand to support pupils towards their aspirations and goals whenever they need her.
Most of our Year 13 students apply to university and enter Higher Education after completing ‘A’ levels or alternative level 3 qualifications at St John Bosco Arts College. All students are encouraged to consider their future career choices carefully and some students decide to move directly to employment or to take up training opportunities after completing A level studies.
The enrichment programme includes activities to aid completion of a CV, guidance for students wishing to apply for work experience (which students are strongly encouraged to pursue during school holidays) and aims to ensure all students give careful consideration to their future career options including particular entry requirements.
Students are also encouraged to make use of the resources in the Careers Library located within the Learning Resource Centre or visit Miss Bevan for further advice.
There are a very large number of websites offering careers advice, which vary significantly in quality and often offer advice which appears to be contradictory. The following resources are recommended for use by students when considering their career options:
General careers advice including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications