You might already know what career you would like to pursue when you are older but it is more likely that you don’t yet know what career you would prefer. The fact is that employment experts predict that students leaving school now will have, on average, eight different careers during their working life, at least half of which don’t yet exist, due to the rapidly developing nature of technology and employment opportunities. It is, therefore, worth considering the idea that you might be best trying to decide on a starting career, rather than choosing a career for life.
Some of the best ways to work out a good starting career include:
- Talking to your parents and their friends about their careers
- Talking to the Careers Learning Development Manager at school
- Talking to teachers
- Gaining meaningful work experience
- Using online careers tools
Careers Guidance and Work Experience support at The Leigh Academy
- Mike Williams is our Careers and Work Experience senior leader. He can be contacted via his email address
- Kim Mace-Baker is the Work Experience Coordinator at The Leigh Academy and she will assist you in finding work experience. She can be contacted via her email address.
How we measure and assess our provision
The Leigh Academy strives to ensure our young people are receiving the most relevant opportunities, led by labour market information, with equality and access to all options in the forefront of our minds. We do this in a number of ways;
Year 11 and 13 Destination Data
We identify and analyse the destinations of our Year 11 and 13 students taking into account their prior attainment. For Year 11 students, we record their intended and actual pathways.
For Year 13 students we identify and analyse whether students:
- go onto higher education and the range of courses being studied and the universities/colleges being attended
- go onto an apprenticeship and whether it is at Intermediate, Advanced or Higher (degree) level
- go onto full-time employment or take a gap year.
Students are sent a survey to complete after each live/virtual careers event which helps us plan for future programmes and ensure we are achieving our aims and outcomes for each year group. An additional survey, available to complete at any time of the year, is promoted on our Careers Bulletin to give our students a voice about what industries or job roles they would like to see more information on and understand the pathways into the sector.
“This week’s career activities was very helpful and organised and provides me now with knowledge on applying for a job” Year 10 Career Aspirations Programme 2021
“I found out my strengths and weaknesses in my skills that are needed for a job” Year 10 Career Aspirations Programme 2021
“I learnt a lot about ICT and Science and what you would need for these to be applied for a job involving these subjects” Year 7 Leigh Careers Week 2021
“This weeks Career activities were amazing to be honest because we learned a variety of different Careers and it provided me with a better understanding of different Careers we can do when we are older. The teachers have even provided me with a better understanding by adding many links and websites to help me” Year 7 Leigh Careers Week 2021
“It was fun to learn about which subjects linked to what careers” Year 8 Leigh Careers Week 2021
“I learnt about new careers that I didn’t even know about like Robotics engineers.” Year 8 Leigh Careers Week 2021
“It was good to learn more about careers and how school links to jobs however due to covid restrictions some activities were unable to be completed” Year 9 Leigh Careers Week 2021
“Using AutoCAD, this is a program that a lot of architects use to visualise plans of construction. Making Gantt charts. Money management. How to write a business email.” Year 11 Virtual Work Experience with Speakers For School – BMJV
“I have learnt how to take charge in a group of people and lead them to great success on the work we were given” Year 11 Virtual Work Experience with Speakers For School – Wates
We value the views of parents/carers on how well we have helped them to support their child or children make rational informed career decisions therefore parents/carers are invited to contact the careers team at The Leigh Academy to discuss this. Click here to contact us.
We work closely with the Careers & Enterprise Company and our Enterprise Coordinator to ensure that our provision provides excellent opportunities for students to prepare for the next stage of their chosen career pathway. We also ask business volunteers to provide feedback on the careers events that they take part in, such as careers talks, presentations and workshops.
In addition, we ask all employers who provide work experience placements, to provide evaluations and testimonials on students and The Leigh Academy.
“Summer was an enthusiastic member of our team for the week who just got on with each task that was given to her. She is a credit to The Leigh Academy, but more importantly – she is a credit to herself. Well done Summer” Dartford Borough Council, 2021
“Siraj was very well presented. His eagerness to learn new things was very infectious. His knowledge and willingness to accept challenges and challenge himself is admirable.” SEAM Accountancy Limited, 2021
“We were very impressed with the abilities and knowledge in John and in particular how he responded to dealing with tasks in a professional and efficient manner. It was a pleasure to have John here and we sincerely hope he benefited from this experience.” CKR Accountants, 2021
“Kane has shown great confidence and interest in his workplace experience. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with him and teaching him key areas of the hospitality industry. Kane will be able to use this to help him find a career within the industry in the near future. We wish him the best of luck with grinding a career which best suits him.” Dennis’ of Bexley, 2021
‘Careerpilot’ is a GREAT website that can help students to explore career options. They can identify future careers – based on their preferences, skills and aptitude – and then find out what qualifications they need and whether they are better off going straight into employment at the end of Post-16, taking an apprenticeship at the end of Year 11 or at the end of Post-16 or going to university after Post-16. This service is FREE and can be accessed at: https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/
Another really useful tool you can use to help you to decide your future is to take a Morrisby Test. While this is not a free service, you pay once and then have lifetime access to the service. This could be really handy, given how many careers experts estimate that students leaving school now are likely to have! You can access Morrisby by visiting: www.morrisby.com.