The Careers Resource Centre
The Careers Resource Centre is based in the Upper Library. There are many books and magazines about different jobs and careers; writing CVs, application forms and letters; and what you can do with various qualifications. You will also find leaflets giving advice on the law, your rights and citizenship; work and training; health; relationships; travel and transport; housing; money; choices; free time; and education. A large selection of College and University prospectuses, and guides to volunteering, travelling and taking a gap-year are also available.
The library has lots of new careers books, both general guides and titles covering specific jobs and careers; most of the titles can be borrowed, so come and take a look in the Careers area of the library.
Further information can be found on The National Careers Service website which is available online at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
A new application (app) called Career Advice has just been launched by the National Careers Service for Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. The Career Advice app makes it easier to access careers advice and make informed decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. It helps to continue your job search whilst on the move and once set up your account stays with you until you are 25 years old. The Career Advice app includes an interactive careers toolkit to help you to develop a CV, search for work and prepare for an interview. There are also audio top tips, learners' stories, job profiles, feature articles and even graphic novels. This can be downloaded FREE from the App store.
Last year we held our first, in a long time, Careers Fair. It was a great opportunity for our students to get a taste of some of the career opportunities that are open to them. We welcomed local firms and multinationals alike, with stalls ranging from educational choices to accountancy, PR, retail, law and finance. The Fair also hosted our Armed Forces and Air Force. It was a really impressive event – the number of stalls, the enthusiasm of the delegates, the enthusiasm of our students, the vibrancy and business-like atmosphere, the range of opportunities on offer. Parents were also very complimentary and valued the chance to sample and discuss careers and see their children focussed and exploring options. The delegates too, were positive and felt it was all very worthwhile.
College Open Events will be publicised around school and copies of these details will be emailed out to Year 10 and 11 students. These are information events available to students, parents and carers and are held out of school hours and an excellent way to gain an insight into the courses available at college.
There are a significant number of very different apprenticeships on offer around Ilkley and further afield. A number of students have chosen this route, which have included Dental Nurse, Business Administration, Customer Service, Advertising and PR, Joinery, Accountant to name a few of them. These have been with small local firms and UK companies trading worldwide.
'The Apprenticeship Guide' is now in the Careers section of the library and a very useful book. Also, there are two great free Apps, ‘Apprenticeship Jobs & Guide’ and WA? What Apprenticeship?
For more information on any of these, please contact Mrs Karen Mitchell at the school.