Careers & WEX
This academic year the date set for Work Experience for Year 10, is Monday 2nd July to Friday 6th July 2018. Work experience can be a great help if you are still unsure what sort of career you want to be in when you leave school. The placement you choose is your opportunity to spend a period of time learning about a particular job or area of work that interests you.
During your placement, you will be able to find out what skills employers look for when they are hiring someone to fill a job vacancy. You will also get the chance to develop your self-confidence and communication skills as well as learning about how different businesses work and the expectations employers have of their staff. This will help you to work better with other people in further or higher education, as well as in your future career.
Year 10 have already had the opportunity to meet employers and tradesman at the Skills Show at the NEC in November and their work experience placement could involve working in a business or organisation full-time for one week, further investigating what the career opportunities are in these areas,
How to organise a work placement
The school will be able to help organise a work experience placement for you and make sure all the paperwork is filled out correctly. But you need to be involved from the start, in deciding what sort of area you’d like to spend your placement in, trying in the first instance to find a placement yourself and what you’d like to achieve during your time there.
Think about the subjects that you are studying and the sort of career you would like to follow in the future. Then see if the school already has links with a company that closely matches your needs. If they do not, they may be able to set up new links with a company – but this takes time, so make sure you mention it early on when you are planning your placement.
If you would like support in helping to decide which type of work experience please see your Head of House who will pass on your requests to Mr. Wollerton and the Head of House PA Miss. Oldbury who will be in contact with you.
Our school Connexions advisor, Louisa Harris provides impartial information advice and guidance on a wide range of topics that affect young people. She can help you when making choices about your careers, education and training, finding you your ideal job and helping you write a CV. She can also offer help with exam stress, money and health and things to do in your free time that will develop your social skills.
If you would like any support please sign up for an appointment at the Library and you will be given the next available appointment with Louisa.