Careers

Careers at FUS

Ferndown Upper School careers programme runs through Years 9 to 13 with support targeted for students making key stage 4 option choices and post 16 options.

Every student at FUS has a tailored reflective journal which is a formal record of their progress and careers and enterprise activity.

At FUS we ensure that all students have at least 1 meaningful encounter with an employer, are provided with information about the full range of options available to them at Key Stage 4 and 5 and beyond.

FUS students are able to access a wide range of high-quality education and training across the area during Years 9,10,11 and in the sixth form. This page offers links to useful resources to help the transition process and careers and guidance information. Important information, advice and guidance are available to all students.

Following student voice feedback FUS offer Careers education through a series of off timetable events which we call ‘Drop Down Days’.  On these days students do not attend their regular lessons but receive high-quality independent advice and guidance from trained professionals.   We no longer run a traditional PSHE lesson in Years 10 and 11 as we consider that Drop Downs are a more effective way of delivering Careers.

FUS has an impartial Careers Adviser from Ansbury Guidance who is on site on Tuesdays and Fridays.  If you or your child would like an appointment please contact Phil Garnett via e mail – phil.garnett@ansbury.co.uk

Alternatively, students can book an appointment with their pastoral manager, tutor or Head of House. Sixth Form students should contact Nadia in the college block to book an appointment. There are forms to request an appointment outside the main pastoral office which can be posted in the nearby Ansbury Guidance postbox.

All students at FUS are also able to access the Ansbury Guidance ‘live advice’ (webchat)

https://www.ansbury.co.uk/Login.html (click on the orange key icon)

The username and passcode is ‘ambition22’.

Students can Live Chat with Ansbury Guidance at the following times:

  • Monday – Friday, 12 – 2 pm
  • Monday – Thursday, 4 – 5 pm

To connect to Live Chat click on the box in the bottom right-hand corner (the pink box with the speech bubble).

Students can also use the Careercomp@nion link below for an impartial and mediated review service of careers, learning and support information websites, which will help them make the right decisions about their next steps.

All students are surveyed annually to enable us to review the effectiveness of our careers programme.

Careers Education is so important to us that we begin careers input with all our Year 8 students in the local feeder schools.   This includes activities on personal finance and the job market.

FUS has a nominated Enterprise adviser who works with the school to support us with effective employer engagement.

FUS has been recognised for its commitment to Careers Education and Guidance:

  • NCS Champion School
  • STEM Ambassadors Award
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company Award
  • RNLI Engineer Award
 Year Careers Programme for years 9-13
9 Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Assembly – led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website

Careers off Timetable Events:

·         Exploring skills

·         Make informed decisions about KS4 Options/Transitions

·         Attend Year 9 Options Evening

·         What do I need to do and who do I ask?

·         Community Day – July When requested Year 9 are entitled to a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett

 

10 Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Assembly- led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website, what is careers advice? How to request an appointment

Careers off Timetable events:

 

·         Maximising potential grades day (including an assembly by the Ansbury Guidance Advisor on Options after Year 11)

·         Careers and Finance drop down event

·         Developing personal profile

·         Employability skills workshop

·         Careers Day – July 2018

·         What do I need to do and who do I ask?

·         When requested Year 10 are entitled to a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett

 

11 Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Assembly- led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website, what is careers advice? How to request an appointment

Careers off Timetable events:

 

·         Decision making – what is available post 16?

·         Entry requirements

·         My Plan A and Plan B

·         Personal Statement writing

·         Interview Skills practice and preparation

·         Making a good Application

·         Application deadline dates

·         What do I need to do and who do I ask?

·         6th form lesson shadowing

·         Information on college Open Days

·         All Year 11 will receive a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett (Ansbury Guidance)

12 Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Assembly- led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website, what is careers advice? How to request an appointment

Careers off Timetable events

 

·         1 week of Work Experience

·         UCAS launch

·         Personal finance

presentation

·         Apprenticeship launch

·         Bournemouth University HE fair


·         Progression Day

·         When requested Year 12 are entitled to a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett

13 Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Assembly- led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website, what is careers advice? How to request an appointment

Careers off Timetable events

 

·         Support with applications to UCAS

·         Support with applications for apprenticeships

·         Support with applications for employment

·         All Year 13 will receive a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett

·         UCAS student finance tour to help navigate student finance applications

 

 

 

FUS maintains accurate destinations data records on our Year 11 and 13 leavers.

We encourage parents and students to access and use up to date information about the labour market, future study options and career paths to inform support you can give to your child.

 

  • The main Ansbury Guidance website has information pages aimed at young people on topics such as choosing GCSE options, options after year 11, options after sixth form/college, writing (UCAS) personal statements, access to the ‘Ansbury Guide to Job Hunting’.  ansbury.co.uk
  • National Careers Service website – Job Profiles, (the government is looking to upgrade this website at some point to improve the content):  https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk  click onto the ‘Job Profiles’
  • ‘Careersbox’  and ‘Icould’ websites, contain job sector video clips:-  careersbox.co.uk     www.icould.com
  • ‘Start Profile’, website where you can explore Job Sectors/individual job titles in the ‘World of Work’ section, it has some information on job market data. Students can also generate career ideas in the ‘About me’ section. Users need to create an account to be able to use this free website: startprofile.com/RegisterOne.aspx
  • Prospects website aimed at graduates and those aspiring to graduate level careers, contains lots of information on careers related to degree subject areas, graduate job hunting tips, vacancy job search and job market data. prospects.ac.uk

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