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Careers

Careers Education and Impartial Advice and Guidance.

Please see the main school pages for further careers information, including links to the policy and strategy.

Students in year 12 and 13 continue to be supported in making decisions and planning for the future. This can be through meeting with the careers advisor, tutorial programmes, or trips and activities.

During year 12 students will be thinking ahead to post 18 and information regarding universities, apprenticeships and alternative pathways will be provided. There is the UCAS conference and World of Work Roadshow for students to visit as well as a variety of open days and conferences arranged by the 6th form team.

At Tolworth Girls’ School and Sixth Form it is important that our students get to try working in the real world and therefore have developed a work experience programme for year 12 students which gives them not only the opportunity to do a week’s work placement in July, but also teaches them vital life skills in job searching, CV writing and presenting themselves to employers in a professional manner.

As well as resources in the main school library, careers office and in the 6th form block students may find the following two web links of use when selecting A levels and thinking ahead.

http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college/

http://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer

The following websites are useful for those students looking for apprenticeship opportunities.

National apprenticeship service https://apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk/navms/forms/Vacancy/SearchVacancy.aspx

Future hub- http://www.afc-futurehub.org.uk/- Apprenticeship and job vacancies within Kingston and Richmond.

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NHS Career Conversations- kingston hospital

Sat 14th July 2018 11am - 2pm

Giving young people a chance to meet our staff and find out about the different job roles/career paths within our trust. Aimed at students in year 10 and above.

Work Experience 2017

On Monday 21st November work experience 2017 was launched. Students were given a presentation by Mr Boyce and Mrs Stansbridge Shaile, with ideas and hints on how to seek a successful placement. Mrs Stansbridge Shaile has been busy getting offers of placements for students to apply to and getting the scheme ready for another busy year.  The dates for 2017 are Monday 3rd July-Friday 14th July 2017 and all the documents students need are saved in a file area and they each have a resources/work book to guide them through. We look forward to a successful programme for 2017.

Army Apprenticeship Visit

On Monday 14th November year 12 students were fortunate to receive a visit from serving soldiers to give our students information on careers within the army. This was part of a week long drive offered to schools in the local area to help raise the profile of both army and apprenticeship opportunities. We had soldiers from the communications division, royal artillery, royal engineers and combat all giving an insight into how they choose their pathways and what they have gained from a career in the army.

Work Experience 2017

Although we have only just returned to school for the start of the new academic year, thoughts are already in place for work experience 2017. Year 12 students will once again be given the opportunity to source a placement for 2 weeks at the end of the academic year. We will be launching this with the year group after october half term to give students plenty of time to plan, research and arrange a placement. One again we have secured places with Epsom Hospital and feedback from employers this year is that they are open to having Tolworth Girls' students back again in the future.

Work Experience 2016

88 students completed their work experience placements during 4th-15th July 2016. Placements ranged from hospital to legal, childcare to education and a variety of others in between. It takes a lot of planning and committment from all involved but comes at a key time for students to try careers before thinking about life after the sixth form and whether university, apprenticeships or training is the best route for them.

students comments-

  • This is my final day in the work experience at Kingston university engineering campus, Roehampton vale, and I must say that I've really enjoyed and developed many new skills on different field.

  • For the first time in my life I felt that I have done lots of hard manual working in the university

  • It made me more knowledgeable of the office/marketing environment and I gained/developed more skills such as working within a team and ICT skills

  • My placement expanded my knowledge about the travel and tourism industry and experience the independence that comes with having a job. The opportunities I was given allowed me to develop confidence when speaking in front of people

Feedback from employers was also positive and here are a few comment-

  • She was excellent and a real credit to the school.

  • We were extremely pleased with the work and contribution of the student here at the World Travel and Tourism Council. She was engaged with the staff, extremely diligent in her work and creative in expanding the assignment to add value. She was confident enough to present a PowerPoint on the results of one of her projects to the entire staff. All of this surprised some of the team members, considering her age, so I would say if there are more Tolworth students of her capacity and maturity we would be happy to work with you next year for another internship.

  • She was a delight to have join us, she was polite, well presented, diligent, intelligent and productive. She applied herself to each task and exceeded expectations. I would thoroughly recommend her to any future employer.

  • She is a  confident and enthusiastic individual and it was a pleasure to have her working with us. She was prompt with her time keeping and looked smart each day. She showed interest in what she was shown in each team and was able to complete small tasks allocated to her.

Year 12 Work Experience 2016

Students should now have sourced a placement for work experience. The dates for this are Monday 4th July- Friday 15th July 2016. Students will be expected to be on work experience during these dates. All consent and confirmation forms should be with the careers advisor by Friday 29th April at the latest.

Year 13- Joining the careers volunteer database

As students prepare to leave Tolworth Girls' School they are asked to join the Careers Volunteer database. The purpose of this is to have a network of contacts who are willing to come in and speak with our students, giving a real approach to the world of work and life after school. This database is continually growing and any parents or organisations interested in joining please contact careersIAG@tolworthgirlsschool.co.uk

Year 12 Work Experience 2016 Launch

On Tuesday 24th November Year 12 students attended a session to launch the work experience programme for 2016. Students get the opportunity to complete two weeks work placement during school time, which for 2016 is Monday 4th July- Friday 15th July.
This year was the first time students in the 6th form engaged in work experience and feedback from both employers and students was positive. Employers were able to see the potential of the future workforce and students gained an insight into the working world.  Not all schools offer this opportunity, so students hopefully feel very fortunate that they are supported in planning for their future.
The launch enabled Mr Boyce, Mrs Adams and Mrs Stansbridge to introduce Year 12 to how the programme works, go through paperwork and deadlines and get students thinking about where they want to go for their placements. Year 13 students got involved too and passed on their words of wisdom through a video explaining how they found the process and offered hints and tips to this year’s cohort.  Three of those students then also gave up their time to be at the launch and were on hand for questions and to support students in their searching.
Students were issued with letters to take home and already have two deadlines to get information to Mrs Stansbridge before Christmas.
It may seem like July is a long way off, but researching, sourcing and organizing placements takes time and we want our students to really think about what will benefit them and to be as prepared as they can be in workplace expectations. 
Good luck to all Year 12’s- I look forward to seeing the variety of placements students find!


Review of Careers Zones Evening

On Wednesday 30 September 2015, Tolworth Girls’ School and Sixth Form hosted its first ‘Careers Zones Evening’ for students and their parents in Years 11, 12 and 13. The event saw thirty-three different professionals in attendance, representing a variety of careers spanning Media, Medical, Legal, Police, Creative, Architecture, Finance, The Army, Education, Construction and Engineering, IT, Marketing and HR.

We also welcomed Year 12 and 13 students from Richard Challoner School who came along to visit these zones and find out from our visitors how they made choices in education and life. Students were also able to explore what work places are looking for and expectations of employers within these industries.

The event created a real buzz in school and feedback has been very positive from all in attendance. The professionals commented on how impressed they were with student’s wonderful questions and great manners.

Students said they enjoyed being able to talk to lots of people and that they are now thinking about careers they didn’t even know existed. Almost all of those who completed evaluation forms said it helped them in making future choices. Parents praised the event for inviting them to learn with their child about the opportunities that are available and noted that they are keen to be involved in future events.

Mrs Lowe commented:

"It went incredibly well and the feedback from all of the professionals who attended was most complimentary. They were really impressed with how smart our students were and how interested and clued up they are".