Courtney Hall is the Careers Adviser for TMBSS and works across all of the Secondary Centres.
1-1 Careers Discussions
All Year 11 students with the opportunity to meet with the Careers Adviser at least once and discuss their ideas for post-16 education. If the student does not have any plans in place then they may discuss their interests and the options available to them so that they can take them away for consideration. An action plan will be produced, detailing all that has happened in the session and plans for next steps that have been in place. A copy of this will be given to the student as well as one being kept on file.
Follow Up Sessions
After students have initially expressed an interest in a course/subject/college, the Careers Adviser will meet with them on a regular basis to put plans on place to progress towards this end goal. This may include open event information, visits and application forms. If a student is still unsure about any interests they might like to pursue, we will use KUDOS to work with them and encourage the student to go on a range of visits to see if any of these spark interests. An action plan will be produced, detailing all that has happened in the session and plans for next steps that have been in place. A copy of this will be given to the student as well as one being kept on file.
We encourage students to attend college open events but if this is an issue for any of our students, they are able to let the Careers Adviser know and visits to colleges and training providers can be organised during school time.
Interviews are an essential part of the entry into college and colleges will automatically allocate students with interviews after they have submitted an application. Many colleges run group interview session where students will join other applicants for their course for an interview which is a great opportunity to meet some of their potential peers for college. If a student has an issue with attending a group interview then our Careers Adviser may be able to negotiate an individual interview with the college. Students should make it known, if this is something they would like to happen.
Careers Related Events
The Careers Adviser will organise and attend with students, a range of events that relate to careers. In the past this has included The Big Bang Fair, Skills Show UK, the Apprenticeship Show and Beauty Show UK. These are great opportunities for students to find out about different jobs and careers that they may not otherwise have heard of as well as try new activities that the companies provide for them. These events are an enjoyable and informative day out.
As a service, TMBSS has access to the KUDOS online resource. This is an online resource that will require students to make an account with Courtney initially. The first stage of the resource is an online questionnaire which the student answers about themselves. Following the quiz, the resource will suggest jobs that may match them and their preferences. Whilst this may not pinpoint a specific job role for a student, it may spark an interest for the student to explore further. Once students have an account, they can log in as often as they like to research careers and career paths as well as to track their progress.