Careers

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St Charles Careers Programme covers a wide variety of topics which aim to prepare students not only for their college studies but for both university, apprenticeship, employment and their intended careers. 

A high proportion of our students (approximately 85%) go on to higher education, with a further 10% going on to take up apprenticeships or employment.

Tim Shehu is the designated Careers Leader at St Charles, with Tanya Kassir as the Work Experience Coordinator. The College puts a big focus on helping our students to build a successful career. We are very keen to collaborate with potential employers and higher education institutions. If you would like to work with us at St Charles, or if you are a parent or prospective student with questions, then please do not hesitate to contact Tim via email: careers@stcharles.ac.uk or via phone on 0208 968 7755 ext 340.

The careers service provided at St Charles College includes:  

  • A dedicated Careers Advisor, who offers individual support and guidance throughout the College life and with the UCAS process
  • Preparation for additional university entrance tests and university interviews, including advice on applying to American universities
  • Preparation and support for work experience applications and internships
  • An information evening for parents and students about UCAS, with a specialist speaker
  • A number of annual events: One Year Choices Day for students on Level 1 and Level 2, Two Year Choices Day for students on first year of Level 3, Career Fares and Higher Education Fair, UCAS Preparation days including talks from top Universities such as UCL, Kings and City
  • Personal Statement workshops delivered by professionals from IntoUniversity, Royal Holloway University of London, Portsmouth University, Newcastle University, Roehampton University and Oxford Brookes University and many others
  • University workshops in many different subject areas (at least 50 workshops)
  • Inspirational talks from high profile speakers such as the Chairman of Mastercard Rick Haythornthwaite, Ex Chief Executive of BP Tony Hayward, John Snow Broadcasting Journalist from Channel 4, and Chairman of Legal & General Sir John Kingman
  • Weekly careers newsletter that is shared with students, parents and staff which entails huge amount of information about work experience, summer schools, apprenticeships, industry insights, university open days, tasters and talk offered by universities and employers.
  • Visits and Industry insights organised in collaboration with subject areas linking curriculum to careers. The St Charles Careers Programme covers a wide variety of topics which aim to prepare students not only for their college studies but also for university, apprenticeship, employment and their intended careers.
  • Students can explore careers through https://launchyourcareer.com/en_UK/students/, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE? DISCOVER WHO YOU ARE! Launch Your Career can help you find your way by understanding your personality type and matching you to a career while connecting you with colleges, courses or apprenticeships relevant and available to you, which has been designed to help young people broaden their horizons and consider a broader spectrum of careers and education options.

 

Every year our students take part in in an independent survey which measures careers programme in college. Full information can be found in our documents attached in the Documents Section.

Technical Education & Apprenticeships:

During the One Year Choices Day and Two Year Choices Day various employers and education providers are invited to attend our HE and Careers Fair where they have the opportunity to promote Technical Eduation as well as apprenticeship opportunities. Also many apprenticeship opportunties are adverstised on our weekly careers newsletter. We have a close collaboration with Multiverse – an apprenticeship provider, who deliver sessions in college and we refer students to their opportunities. The most popular apprenticeship websites are also enlisted on students planner as well as career guidance resources and information.

Thank you so much for everything. Thank you for the doors you opened for me, thank you for the directions you pointed me in, thank you for the constant reminders and reprimands... Thank you for believing in me, thank you for listening to me ramble on and on in your office, many a time. I can’t even express how much your guidance and assistance means to me.. Thank you so much [for the] recommendations and mentoring, even just reassuring me with positivity. You are doing a great work where you are.

I just wanted to say a big thank you. You’ve actually motivated me to strive for the best. You helped me create the best personal statement that got me into the best uni. You’ve been such a huge help. 

"The Two Year Choices Day was very inspiring as well as motivating. I feel as the effort put into organising this day was very effective as it motivated me to think more about my future; increasing my ambition."

"Prior to the Choices Day I had had an initial talk with Tim [Careers Advisor] who was helpful in guiding and supporting me around the expectations and requirements to apply to certain universities. He also forwarded me many university opportunities that I have been able to apply for as a result of him."

 

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All staff, parents and visitors have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of students. Please click here for more information on safeguarding.

Level 1 and Level 2 Students:

All students on Level 1 and Level 2 programme attend the ‘One Year Choices Day’, Careerswith the aim of inspiring students to continue their education in college or another institution. At the event students attend talks from HE representatives on looking at this route, as well as talk on Apprenticeships & Employment. During the day the students also attend a talk from Richmond College at looking at their options before making their next steps decisions. Additionally level 2 students attend subject talks before making decisions on level 3 courses.  The Careers Adviser delivers a workshop to all level 1 programmes in college 
 
Students will be given workshops on post level 1 options to include apprenticeships/level 2 courses in college and elsewhere  IntoUniversity and IntoWork (Impartial educational charity) throughout the term visits Level 1 and Level 2 groups. These students receive guidance on employability skills such as communication, leadership, teamwork 
 

Y12 – Level 3 (first year)

  • Introduction to the university application process, including UCAS, choosing a Careersdegree course and university, open days. All students receive a copy of the UCAS Preparation Booklet.
  • Writing a personal statement through in-college seminars and lectures by University Admissions Tutors
  • University talks to introduce students to the very many degrees
  • Employability workshops including apprenticeships. 
  • All Year 12 students are expected to complete work experience. Vocational students' allocated time depends on the subject area. A level students takes place from the 6-10th July 2020.

Y13 – Level 3 (second year)

  • Advice and support on making a university application through UCASCareers Library
  • Graduate recruitment – looking ahead to future careers and what the application process involves
  • Student finances and loans
  • Inspirational speakers visit to talk about their careers

The opportunity is also taken to touch on the development of both personal and social skills, and topical issues, such as Resilience, Personal Safety, Healthy Eating & Budgeting at University, Managing Stress and Using Social Media Responsibly (daily Smoothwall report which informs the College what websites have been accessed by the students which is monitored by the deputy safeguarding officer). 


Many of the sessions are delivered by visiting speakers, and the college regularly invites professionals and admissions tutors and lecturers from universities to talk to students; former pupils also come back to speak about their chosen careers and universities. 

All students who are considering the apprenticeship/employment route are supported by the Careers team and external agencies. Some of these sessions will be delivered via assemblies and some are delivered via scheduled workshops. We have a partnership with Whitehat Training and Construction Youth.


The Careers Library itself is well-stocked with up-to-date literature about universities, courses and careers, and is also used for small group research. 

UCAS, Apprenticeships & Employment and Labour Market Information (LMI)

Useful Links

New Apprenticeship Guides

Below are guides on the four levels of apprenticeship. Each guide offers you a helpful resource 

Guide to Intermediate Apprenticeships
Guide to Advanced Apprenticeships
Guide to Higher Apprenticeships
Guide to Degree Apprenticeships