Head of Careers: Anne Green, BA, QCG
Our aim at Parmiter’s is to provide good careers advice and guidance throughout the school, ensuring that students’ aspirations are met and their future choices are kept as wide as possible for as long as possible. Age-appropriate careers education and guidance is provided at school and continues afterwards, with many old Parmiterians returning to support our Careers Fairs, presentations, enrichment programmes and alumni coffee mornings.
All students are able to access a Careers Folder containing useful guides, website links and information on option choices at all stages of education via the school's Google drive. Parents also have access to this information and can access general careers and apprenticeship information via the following links:
The government careers website offers free and impartial information and is supported by qualified careers advisers: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
Please click here to view the Parents’ Pack - Apprenticeship Information December 2019. This guide is specifically designed for parents, giving information about the apprenticeship options available, advice from employers and apprentices. Apprenticeships are a real alternative to further education and university.
In line with statutory guidance, we have a contract with YC Hertfordshire who ensure that our students receive independent and impartial advice and guidance. More information can be found here: www.ychertfordshire.org
Labour Market Information and Current local job vacancies
Current job vacancies can be found on the YC Hertfordshire website: https://www.ychertfordshire.org/careers/additional-places-to-look-for-job-vacancies/where-to-find-job-vacancies/local-jobs-we-have-seen/. These are updated regularly.
You can use this widget to find out more about different jobs available, including typical salaries.
Years 7, 8 & 9
Careers education in the lower school is embedded in the Lifeskills programme and covers topics such as understanding the range of jobs and careers available, challenging stereotypes, jobs of the future, and the skills and strengths required for various roles.
In Year 8 students take part in two days of work shadowing in July.
Year 9 students are given information about university life and can be invited to visit a university.
Advice is given to students and parents in Year 9 on GCSE subject choices and one to one interviews are offered for this.
Parmiter’s is subscribed to the careers guidance online programme ‘Fast Tomato’, helping students explore career opportunities open to them https://www.fasttomato.com/. Students complete this questionnaire in the Lifeskills programme and can also follow instructions on the Careers Googledrive area to access this and complete the questionnaire at any other time.
The Morrisby online careers profiling is offered to students in Year 10 (which is optional and has a cost attached) which is a psychometric assessment which matches abilities, skills and interests to career areas. More information is available from: www.morrisby.com
Students take part in an Army Outreach Elite Skills day in the Spring Term to enhance their employability skills.
They are introduced to the world of work and take part in a week’s work experience in the summer term, completing a CV and cover letter in preparation for this. A Work Experience Folder, containing everything needed for this process, is shared in Google drive.
Year 10 students are also offered one to one interviews with the Youth Connexions Adviser.
The annual Careers/Universities and Apprenticeships Fair November/September gives students and parents the opportunity to speak to a wide range of professionals and university representatives
Year 10 students are invited to attend lunchtime talks which are organised to cover various subjects.
Students interested in medicine can attend the Medical Conference which takes place at school in the summer term.
Careers advice runs throughout the year, with the Head of Year, Form Tutors, Youth Connexions and the Careers department discussing with the students their personal strengths, interests and career aspirations so that the best possible route following GCSEs is offered to them. In October a Sixth Form Open Evening is held and students and parents are given information and advice on other Sixth Forms and Colleges. The annual Careers/Universities and Apprenticeships Fair November/September gives students and parents the opportunity to speak to a wide range of professionals and university representatives. IT, Marketing and Finance workshops are offered to students in the Autumn term. A University is invited in to school to give a presentation in the spring term and local colleges are invited in to discuss vocational courses and apprenticeships. Lunchtime talks are organised on various subjects and Year 11 students are invited to attend. Students interested in medicine can attend the Medical Conference in the summer.
Preparations for application to Higher Education and other post-18 opportunities begin in the Autumn Term and students are encouraged to do research and take part in taster courses and work experience during the year. Students attend the Careers and Universities and Apprenticeships Fair to gain further knowledge. We also organise a series of talks for the students, including apprenticeship information, alumni coffee morning, specialist subject presentations, a personal statement workshop and information on gap years. Students are encouraged to join societies relating to their interests, which are run by students, these include dissection, medical, law, debating, economics, feminism, LGBTQ. In the summer term, students are encouraged to attend university Open Days and visits relating to their subject areas. Students interested in medicine can attend the Medical Conference in the summer.
A Sixth Form folder containing full information and links to useful websites is shared in Google drive.
Students are offered one to one careers interviews and, under the supervision of the Sixth Form team and Form Tutors, UCAS forms are completed in advance of the deadlines. Applications to other institutions, such as Art colleges, Conservatoires, Apprenticeships and School Leaver Programmes are also completed at this time. Mock interviews are arranged to cater for all applicants, particularly Oxbridge and Medicine/Veterinary/Dentistry courses. Guidance is available throughout the year, and continues to be available when A Level results are published and beyond. An Oxbridge preparation programme is organised in school to support students with their application process and interviews.
The Sixth Form folder containing full information and links to useful websites is shared in Google drive.
Sixth Form Enterprise Challenge
The Enterprise Challenge is a unique business venture run by two teams of Sixth Form students. Running at the school for several years, Sixth Formers have raised thousands of pounds for local charities. The challenge allows students to introduce, plan and run different events each year. Through hands-on experience and the guidance of mentors, the two teams learn how to deal with aspects of running of a business plus the management skills of communication, time management, problem-solving, decision-making, delegation and negotiation.
Click the images for Careers round-ups from previous years: