Careers

The aim of the Careers Programme at Bodmin College is to provide students with the information and opportunities they need to allow them to make informed decisions about their future learning or future career. Our students need to understand the range of opportunities available to them and acquire the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in the workplaces of the future.

The importance of careers education and guidance has never been greater due to significant and ongoing changes in education, training and employment. High quality careers provision can help a student to make an informed choice about their pathway.

Qualifications such as GCSE, A-level and BTEC have undergone significant changes in recent years and students need help to make choices and manage transitions. Apprenticeships are now available in a much wider range of jobs and professions and are increasingly available above the traditional level 2. Level 6 apprenticeships, which are equivalent to undergraduate level are now available. Higher education opportunities increasingly extend beyond the UK. Students need help to make choices and manage transitions in a rapidly changing world.

Our programme is based on the Gatsby benchmarks. These originated in a 2013 research report, Good Career Guidance, from the Gatsby Foundation which studied international evidence for ‘what works’ in career development. The report found 8 benchmarks of best practice, which are now more commonly known as ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks.’ They are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Governors and staff are committed to providing a planned Careers programme for all students throughout their five or seven years at Bodmin. The programme promotes equality of opportunity and all students are supported to gain access to education, training or employment.

The complete careers statement and associated policies can be found via the college information page.

The Careers Team
  • Careers Lead: Melanie Thomas ts@bodmincollege.co.uk 01208 72114 ext 485
  • Senior Leader in charge of Careers: Joanna Jenkin jj@bodmincollege.co.uk
  • Aspirations Coordinator: Jayne Smith sj@bodmincollege.co.uk
  • Next Steps Coordinator: Rachel Devine dr@bodmincollege.co.uk

Programme

The College’s Careers Programme consists of a range of activities that help students make choices that are right for them and will help them manage their future careers.  Starting in Year 7, students are encouraged to use self-assessment to identify their strengths and areas of interest.  They will be helped to review their achievements, plan their future actions, make decisions, present themselves and cope with change and transition.  All students will be encouraged to make good use of the information and impartial guidance available in the school. They will learn about the changing nature of work, career choices and other relevant information which will affect their decisions.

Year 7

  • Finding out about the careers resources available to me through National Careers Service presentations and assemblies.
  • Identifying my strengths and interests during tutor time sessions.
  • Exploring the ‘World of Work’ in careers lessons delivered in tutor time.
  • Meeting business people in assemblies and in curriculum time.
  • Finding out more about creative careers through a creative occupations session.
  • Using the drop-in lunchtime sessions if I need guidance with my career ideas.

Year 8

  • Learning more about my strengths and interests.
  • Using the careers resources in more detail to explore career areas.
  • Matching my interest areas to suitable careers.
  • Meeting business people through aspirational careers event and assemblies.
  • Attending special assemblies and parents’ meetings to help me to choose the option subjects I will do best at.
  • Ensuring that the GCSE option subjects I choose will keep my options open later on when I leave school and choose a career route.
  • Options discussions and Choices Evening.
  • Finding out more about creative careers through a creative occupations session.
  • Using the drop-in lunchtime sessions if I need guidance with my career ideas.

Year 9

  • Learning about the different routes I can take when I leave school.
  • Finding out about when I will need to make decisions about my future options through assembly and careers lessons at tutor time.
  • Attending a careers fair to talk to business people, colleges and universities about the options available to me in the future.
  • Meeting business people in assemblies and during curriculum time.
  • Using the careers resources available to help me with my choices.
  • Understanding the importance of developing my employability skills.
  • Exploring careers resources through a Career pilot workshop.
  • Exploring the issues around going to university through the ‘Why Would You’ theatre production.
  • Opportunity to explore different professions through online mentoring with a business mentor through Brightside Trust.
  • Opportunity to participate in Exeter University Progressions programme offering ambassador mentoring to students. (Years 9 – 11).

Year 10

  • Guidance and support in developing employability skills through a day completing CVs and preparing for mock interviews.
  • Applying these interview skills in a mock interview with a local employer,
  • Learning more about the working environment, employment opportunities and the local labour market during assemblies workplace visits and tutor time activities.
  • Experiencing workplaces through curriculum linked visits to local employers.
  • Attending Careers and Apprenticeship Fairs to explore professions and the options available in the future.
  • Opportunities to develop my entrepreneurial skills through a two day Business Enterprise event supported by business people.
  • Exploring a number of different routes including apprenticeships, further and higher education
  • Finding out about STEM careers I may not know about yet.
  • Meeting business people in lesson time.
  • Using the careers resources available to help me with my choices.
  • Taking part in Further Education taster days.
  • The opportunity for E-me online mentoring by university students.
  • Opportunity to attend University Summer Schools.
  • Opportunity to participate in Exeter University Progressions programme offering ambassador mentoring to students. (Years 9 – 11).

Year 11

  • Further exploring a number of different routes including apprenticeships, further and higher education.
  • Attending Careers and Apprenticeship Fairs to explore professions and the options available in the future.
  • Producing a Personal Statement to use when I am applying for jobs and courses.
  • Opportunity for one to one Careers interviews.
  • Sixth Form interviews with Sixth Form staff.
  • Attend open days at local colleges and FE providers.
  • Using the careers resources available to help me with my choices
  • Opportunities to meet Alumni to discuss future careers.
  • Opportunity to participate in Exeter University Progressions programme offering ambassador mentoring to students. (Years 9 – 11).

Sixth Form

Working closely with my tutor to help me to make an informed choice for my ‘next step’. Attending an HE (higher education) convention to speak to university representatives first-hand and find out about the courses they can offer me.

  • Attending an apprenticeship presentation.
  • Mock interviews with employers and university representatives.
  • Understanding how to make a university application on UCAS.
  • Developing my personal statement.
  • Finding out about alternative routes to university and how to apply to these
  • Recognising how to make a good application.
  • Hearing about the labour market – trends and jobs for the future.
  • Having a work placement in certain subjects.
  • Attending open days and interviews in Year 13.
  • Using the careers resources available to help me with my choices.
  • Meeting business people in assemblies.
  • The opportunity for mentoring for certain Career sectors through the William Clift Academy Accessing Professions.
  • Opportunity to attend University Summer Schools
  • Opportunity to meet a range of employers at the College Careers Fair

Resources

Students have access to a wide range of resources. A dedicated Careers Information area in the Library provides a comprehensive and up-to-date selection of books, magazines, college and university prospectuses, and is open to all students at all times. Our Employability Hub is also open for students to browse information or to ask for help. Students have access to a number of online careers resources (details and links below).

The National Careers Service is a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. This website also includes guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job. There are Careers Advisors available through this website to answer questions by phone, webchat or messaging.

Get in Go Far is a website for anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeships.  The website has a search facility for job specific apprenticeships in a particular area.

Career Pilot gives lots of useful information to help young people make careers related decisions at 14, 16 and 18.

Icould contains helpful videos about a wide range of job roles.

UCAS is a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education. Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships.

Unifrog is a one-stop-shop where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school. We register students on this site in years 11,12 and 13.