Careers guidance starts from Form 1 through activities and workshops.
Careers at Shebbear College is run by Mrs Aliberti. We also employ a company called Inspiring Futures, who offer activities for pupils starting in Form One and then join us to do workshops and more detailed Careers Guidance with a Careers Officer throughout pupils’ time at school and beyond. Our membership of ISCO, the Independent Schools Careers Organisation, gives us access to many resources some of which are detailed below. It offers independent professional advice through a comprehensive, expert Careers programme with access at different levels for all pupils at the school.
Here is a brief overview of the sessions run by Inspiring Futures that are offered to all pupils:-
Form One – Learning Styles and Skills development Workshops
Form Two – Personality and Self- Awareness Workshop
Form Three – A computer based programme called ‘Careers Investigator’ where pupils who are beginning to think about GCSE option choices, also start to think about the world of work and are introduced to a range of different career paths. They will also have a half day workshop in the Spring Term on ‘Study Skills’.
Form Four – A follow up workshop to ‘Careers Investigator’ with related activities.
Form Five – All pupils begin the ‘Futurewise New Generation’ Careers Guidance programme which is a comprehensive one to one career and higher education guidance programme which lasts until the pupils are 23 years old, so takes them through A level choices or other post 16 studies, researching and selecting a university, planning a gap year and preparing for employment. The pupils do a sophisticated and in depth psychometric profile which is then followed up by a personal interview and the report and resulting action plan are available for pupils and parents to access online. They are also offered further support and mock university interviews in the 6th form.
As well as the work with Inspiring Futures, there are other events that go on throughout the pupil’s time here at Shebbear which include visits from the TSB to Forms 1-5 , Mock Trials run by local magistrates attended by Form Three , a Careers Fair for Form Five and Lower Sixth called ‘Life Beyond Eighteen’, participation in the government backed scheme ‘National Citizens Service’, and many other speakers who visit the school to inspire and inform the pupils about the world of work and study beyond Shebbear College. During activities week last year Form Four pupils spent time working on how to write a CV, how to write job applications and other very useful study skills.