How Atlantic Academy will help me to make an informed decision about my future options and prepare me for the world of work

In Year 7, by…

  • beginning careers education early students can make better informed decisions at transition stages and are more motivated in school in order to follow a particular pathway.

  • Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills and develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves.

  • Finding out about the careers resources available to me

  • Presenting types of careers to my classmates

  • Matching the careers I am interested in with my own strength areas

  • Meeting business people at lunchtime careers drop-in sessions

  • Asking Miss Board, if I need guidance with my career ideas

In Year 8, by…

  • Learning about the different routes I can take when I leave school

  • Finding out about when I will need to make decisions about my future options

  • Understanding the importance of developing my employability skills

  • Using the careers resources in more detail to explore career areas and subjects I may be interested in  learning about my strengths

  • Matching my interest areas to suitable careers

  • Meeting business people in lesson time

  • Ensuring that the GCSE choice subjects I choose will keep my options open later on when I leave school and choose a career route

  • Attending special assemblies and parents meetings to help me to choose the option subjects I will do best at

  • Using the Year 9 Options Booklet to find out what type of careers relate to the subjects I am interested to study  using the careers resources to continue to explore career areas and subjects I may be interested in

  • Asking Miss Board, if I need guidance with my career ideas

In Year 9, by…

  • Students are encouraged to reassess personal strengths with a focus on transferable skills.

  • Students are encouraged to investigate different jobs and careers and what they mean in terms of lifestyle, budgeting and a good work/life balance and develop economic awareness.

  • Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.

  • Having the opportunity to attend a careers fair to network with business people, colleges and universities about the options available to me in the future

  • Finding out which GCSEs I need to study for different careers  re-visiting where my strengths are

  • Visiting local businesses in Weymouth and Portland to explore how a business is run, the working environment, employment opportunities and to learn about the local labour market.

  • Asking Mis Board, if I need guidance with my career ideas

In Year 10, by…

  • Chatting to past Atlantic Academy  students to find out what routes they took and learn from their experiences

  • Finding out about STEM careers I may not know about yet  developing my personal skills in physical team-building activities

  • Learning about my personal finance – what I need to know now, about student finance, and what I will need to know when I go out to work

  • Learning about where to find job opportunities

  • Meeting business people in lesson time

  • Asking Miss Board, if I need guidance with my career ideas or future possible routes

  • Producing a Curriculum Vitae to use when I am applying for jobs and courses

  • Learning about good interview technique and appropriate preparation with my tutor

  • Experiencing what it’s like to have an interview, having a practice interview with external business people

In Year 11, by…

  • Students are supported with post 16 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study and apprenticeships.

  • Students are encouraged to consider how Labour Market Information is relevant to their post 16 options.

  • All students have a one to one guidance interview with a personal careers advisor (L6 qualified).

  • Students use careers interviews to help understand different career pathways and entry requirements and are encouraged to make contingency plans should results be better/worse than expected and set personal targets for development.

  • Students have optional access to additional independent and impartial advice via drop in sessions.

  • They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.

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