Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
Within William Howard School we are able to offer information to students on their future choices and work with many external organisations to support this.
Mrs Tracey Hill is the Careers Leader at WHS (Email Careers Lead Telephone 016977 45700 ext 282).
Our Enterprise Advisor is Lyndsey Fitheridge, who works alongside Careers Leader to support students with pathways into industry, allowing us to further bridge the gap between the world of work and education. Lyndsey is Commercial Director for SP Training/System People Ltd, a local training and recruitment company specialising in the Logistics and Education sectors.
William Howard School is committed to delivering high quality information, advice and guidance (IAG) for all its students from Year 7 to 13. IAG enables our students to make informed decisions about their Career goals and future aspirations.
Through our Personal Development lessons and across the whole school through assemblies, and careers events we raise aspirations about what students can achieve. It helps them to progress to Higher Education, Apprenticeships, and the wider world of work and opens their eyes to professions and careers that they might never have thought of.
WHS Careers Plan 2022-23 will be available here shortly
Over the Academic Year we offer varied careers and enterprise activities and support the national campaigns for Enterprise Week, My Money Week, National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week and hold events across these weeks targeted whole school.
- Year 11 IAG Morning (Mock interviews) – Friday 7 October 2022
- Year 9 IAG Morning (Options) – Friday 3 March 2023
- Year 7 & 8 IAG (Targeted IAG) – Monday 15 May 2023
- Year 11 Work Experience – Monday, 12 to Friday, 16 December 2022
- Year 12 Work Experience – Monday, 3 to Friday 7 July
|July – September||11 and 13||Support and Monitor Leavers Destinations||TH|
|Ongoing||All Years||Taught Personal Development Curriculum||PD Team|
|September||11||Assembly on Post 16 Options||TH|
|September||11||Intended Destinations Data Capture||TH|
|October||10||Work Experience Letters and Assembly||TH|
|October||11||Confirmed Destinations Data 2020 leavers||TH/Inspira|
|October||11||Careers Pathways Day||TH|
|November||12||Global Enterprise Week||TH|
|December||11||Careers Pathways Follow up||TH|
|January||11||Impartial IAG to targeted students||TH/Inspira|
|January||All Years||Skills Fair – Sands Centre Carlisle||TH|
|January||11||Post 16 Options Evening||SJB/TSW|
|January||9||KS4 Options Evening||TH/KP|
|March||All Years||National Careers Week Events||TH|
|March||Year 7 & 8||Careers Fair and Workshops||TH|
|April||11||Intended Destinations Data Capture||TH|
|April||11||Impartial IAG to targeted students||TH/Inspira|
|June||All Years||My Money Week:
Events, speakers and competitions
|June||10||Careers Day: Talks and workshops||TH|
William Howard students can access a wealth of information and advice regarding the careers choices on our VLE. (http://vle.williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk/careers)
Labour Market Information (LMI)
The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. The data sources relating to hours and pay are estimates based on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (Office for National Statistics). The pay estimates provided relate to mean pay for full-time jobs in an occupation. The estimates of future employment prospects are projections taken from the Working Futures study and are based on past employment trends.
- Cumbria LMI
- Cumbria Labour Market Information (August 2020)
- Labour Market Information: East Area
- Labour Market Information: North Area
- Labour Market Information: South Area
- Labour Market Information: West Area
- Official Labour Market Statistics can be found here, this is national data and again like the above is heavily based on raw data.
- HESA Collects data from Higher Education, including annual destinations survey.
- Top Ten Highest Paying Jobs in 2015
- Top Ten highest paying degrees
- Top 20 Universities
The UK education sector offers a wide variety of qualification types including academic, vocational and skills-related qualifications at different levels and different difficulties. This Qualifications Guide outlines in brief some of the most popular qualifications, but there are many more including professional qualifications.
What is an apprenticeship? Find out more here: Apprenticeship facts
To apply for an apprenticeship visit www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
View apprenticeships relating to preferred subjects:
- English Apprenticeship
- Geography Apprenticeship
- Languages Apprenticeship
- Maths Apprenticeship
- Science Apprenticeship
- Visit Amazing apprenticeships
We encourage students to take part in work experience and offer a week of work experience to Year 11 students in the Autumn Term. http://vle.williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk/careers/work-experience
WHS work closely with the local Business Community and are members of the local business forum Carlisle Ambassadors Group. http://carlisleambassadors.co.uk/
In today’s competitive jobs market, it’s more important than ever to make a good first impression. This can often be your CV, so it needs to be putting across the right messages, with the right presentation, and no mistakes.
When you have been in full-time education most of your life your qualifications will probably be your main achievement. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, try to make your course work relevant to the skills you’d use in the job. For example, you probably use time management, research and IT skills every day. You may also be able to say you’re a fast learner, and are up to date with the latest equipment and techniques in your field.
The most important thing is to take your time over your CV – make sure it’s the best it can be. You might want to leave it for a couple of days and then come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. Get it checked over by several people to see if they can spot anything you can’t. When you’ve been working on something for a long time it can be difficult to see ways in which it can be improved. But with CVs, it’s easy to make the mistake, but very difficult to correct the damage done…
Some of the most common CV errors are:
- Typing errors, and poor spelling and grammar
- Listing duties instead of achievements
- Not tailoring your CV
- Visually unappealing and difficult to read
- Too long or too short
Link to the careers page on the WHS VLE: http://vle.williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk/careers/applications–interview-tips
Advice from external sources:
- Video advice on writing a CV
- 10 tips from The Guardian
- The importance of emphasising your employability
- Covering letter examples