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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Year 10 Careers Information

Working out what you would like to do after completing your GCSEs can seem quite confusing at first. 

Don't worry if you don't have any clear ideas yet about what you would like to do. 

This page has lots of different ways of identifying possible pathways depending on your personality, interests and preferred subjects.

Careers within PSHEE 
 

Autumn

Character strengths-How to apply our strengths in school work and careers. 

Equality-Making a fairer society for all, including the Equality Act.

Spring

Career Pathways- Introduction to Unifrog Post-16 Options, Career Sectors and how to apply for placement. 

My CV- Linking transferable skills to career pathways

Summer Post-16 Pathways- Introduction to qualifications and providers.

WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENT

Outlook Email Unifrog Placement Tool Template Email
to Employer
Template Letter
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Tuesday 9th-Thursday 11th July has been designated as ‘Y10 Work Placement Days’ – This provides an opportunity to gain some valuable work experience and attend a workplace environment, instead of coming to school.

You will have to find your own work placement, but we will provide some support for this through lunchtime drop-in clinics.  The video below will help to give you some ideas.

Please be advised that the school will be unable to help with transport to a work placement. 

The Careers Team will do their best to find placements for any students who have been unable to find their own, but because we have limited resources, we expect to only be able to help a few students.

Schedule 

Thursday 16th Nov Information

Work Experience Launch Assembly Letters sent to parents/carers

Monday 20th Nov – Friday 1st Dec Information and Support PSHE lessons on Work Experience Preparation
Tuesday 27th Nov – Friday 1st Dec Support Mrs Holden’s drop-in clinic for help finding a workplace – lunchtimes in P10.  (Placement Tool)
Tuesday 23rd Jan – Friday 26th Jan Support Mrs Holden’s drop-in clinic for help finding a workplace or using Unifrog Placement tool– lunchtimes in P10.(Placement Tool)
Tuesday 5th Mar – Friday 8th Mar Support Mrs Holden’s drop-in clinic for help finding a workplace or using Unifrog Placement tool– lunchtimes in P10. (Placement Tool)
Friday 19th April Deadline Deadline for securing a work experience placement and student submission on Unifrog Placements tool.
Monday 10th June Deadline

Deadline for all organisation of Work Experience – Unifrog Placements Tool must be completed by all parties

  1. Employers complete their section of the Placements Tool
  2. Parents/carers confirm that they give consent for you to take part in the placement via the Placements Tool.
  3.  School signs off final consent via the Placements Tool., once all other parts are complete.
Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th July Work Experience  Students take part in 3 days of Work Experience
Thursday 18th July Deadline Deadline for completing evaluation of Work Experience on Unifrog.

Step by Step Instructions 

Getting started with the UniFrog Placements Tool 

We are using Unifrog Placements Tool to manage all the admin of the work placement including risk assessments from the employer and agreements from your parent/carer.  Watch the video below for an intro.

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How to get started

Log onto Unifrog then follow these instructions (start with slide 1)

For more detailed advice on how to complete the form, view the short video below.

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Post-16 Courses and Providers 

Advice on Options after Y11
 

KS4 Subjects: Choose a couple of subjects that you currently enjoy studying.  Follow the links that show where each subject leads

Get Advice from Former Students: Watch a series of videos from people who studied at Notre Dame to find out what they did next.

Intro to Notre Dame 6th Form

Post-16 Qualifications Explained
 

Levels Explained in More Detail

How to Find Post-16 Course Providers in Norfolk and Suffolk
 

Post-16 Provider Useful Links

The Source, Suffolk Post-16 Search Tool

Information, Advice and sources of support for Suffolk

 

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Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

To find out more visit our Apprenticeships page.

What is a T Level?

T Levels offer students a recognised technical qualification which is equivalent to three A levels and attracts the same number of UCAS points.

The combination of classroom learning (80%) and a 9-week industry placement (20%) creates a unique opportunity for students to study whilst gaining the knowledge and skills businesses need.

For more info about T Levels and local providers that offer them click here.

Thinking ahead to Post-18 Courses
 

Feeling overwhelmed?  Not sure where to start? No idea what you'd like to do? 

You're not alone.  These are all common feelings and we're here to help.  Watch the video below to hear how other students feel about choosing what to do Post-16.

Want to explore some more?

Find out what a variety of former students did after they left Notre Dame by watching these videos.

We have special pages for career sectors that are particularly popular for our students and are in high demand in our region.

Book an Appointment 

Book a Careers Appointment: Chat with our Careers Advisor, Siobhan Whiddett, to discuss course options and career pathways

Careers Events
 

Careers Festival Norfolk Showgroud

The Norfolk & Suffolk Skills and Careers Festival is a yearly interactive event aimed at young people to help inspire them for their future career and to demonstrate the various options available. It is currently the only major skills and careers event to take place in Norfolk and provides a much-needed bridge between business and education.

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Year 10-Work Experience 

Finding placements

Thinking of ideas for work experience can be a challenge, and if you don’t live in an urban area, it can feel like there are very limited options. Rather than trying to find the ‘perfect’ opportunity, look for a placement that ticks as many boxes as possible. 

Instead of focusing on one specific job role, consider the wider career industry. For example, it may not be possible to shadow an anaesthetist, but you could explore other roles in the healthcare industry like working in a dental practice, nursing home, or GP clinic. These will all give you relevant experience that you can still learn from and reflect on in your applications. For ideas on work placements specific to each industry, take a look at our Get on the ladder series of Know-how guides, such as Get on the ladder: scienceGet on the ladder: writing, editing, and publishing, and Get on the ladder: financial services. See all the guides in the Series here.

You could also think about the transferable skills that are relevant across industries to help you find a placement. For example, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to find work experience as an air steward, but you could reach out to customer services departments as the staff will use very similar skills in their day to day jobs.

Or you can think about experiences that are relevant to the school subject that is most related to the job or industry you’d like to go into

Careers Blog
 

 

Check out our latest blog posts here, to find out about events and opportunities available.

UNIFROG
 

Unifrog

Unifrog is an online platform that we use to help you search for qualifications and career pathways.

For more info visit our  unifrog page.

Thinking Ahead to Career Pathways
 

Career Pathway Links

  • Buzz Quiz: Discover your personality strengths and jobs that could suit you.
  • Icanbea... Interests Quiz: Select some interests and the site will suggest job roles you'd enjoy
  • Skillsometer: Select the emoji that shows how you feel about different statements and the site will suggest careers that are based on your preferred skills
  • Career Pilot: Idenitfy which Career Sectors you are interested and find out different jobs that are in that group.
  • Discover Creative Careers: Whatever your interests and skills there's a job in this sector for you