We are living in a rapidly changing world and so preparing our pupils for the challenges and opportunities out there is a vital aspect of their education. Testwood School is committed to informing and developing each individual pupil with the most up to date research and knowledge (Labour Market Information) as they progress through the different key stages.
A key element to aiding a pupils’ development is instilling the valuable ideals of responsibility, resilience and independence to forge their own paths into the world of work. Working in partnership with parents, the Careers Lead guides and supports pupils in an enthusiastic and professional relationship throughout their time at Testwood School.
For support with helping your child make the right decisions please see our resources page and My Choices Guide for post 16 as well as the regular careers bulletin sent out by the Careers Lead and posted on the school website.
How can you help?
• Talk about careers regularly at home – the different jobs you may have had, how you decided on your current career path and what you have learned from all of your combined experiences.
• Share your CV and help them in producing their own. Going through the motions of detailing their skills, experiences and qualifications on paper can really help students to see their current development clearly.
• Run through typical interview questions and talk about your own encounters – both good and bad! Learning how to present themselves professionally and keeping a cool head in an interview situation is a valuable skill which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
• Check out the links provided on the Resources page. There is a wealth of information and guidance available out there, tailored for both students and to yourself as a parent to help walk you through the variety of routes and opportunities possible.
• Attend our events such as the annual Year 11 Careers Evening for the opportunity to speak in person with employers and further education institutions. A good tip is to take a ‘backseat’ for this occasion and let your child take control of the event and ask the questions directly themselves.
• Attend College and University Open Days to explore what different establishments have to offer. Prospectuses are always available but there’s nothing quite like walking around a campus to really get the feel of a place.
• Give us feedback! We are always looking to develop and evolve our careers education provision so please do get in contact if you have any comments or suggestions.
• Get directly involved yourself! If you work for an employer who would be willing to support our careers education providing, be that through presenting an assembly, attending a Careers Evening as an exhibitor, or being a practise interviewer, we would love to hear from you. Head over to the Employer page to find out more.