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Careers Guidance


We encourage our pupils to believe in their talents and abilities, and never discard a dream without chasing it first. Obviously any pupil (current or former) is able to contact us at any point of the year in person or by email or text, but there are also occasions in the formal Life Choices (formerly PSHCE) programme where we offer specific support for future decisions.

 

The Careers department enjoys an excellent relationship with Coventry University through the school's Phoenix partnership and encourages academic departments' links with local and regional employers. Pupils traditionally enjoy Headstart, Smallpeice Trust and WorkshopUK courses as well as university taster days, employer insight days and gap year opportunities offered by organisations such as Year in Industry.

 

We hold a Careers Convention every two years early in the Spring term. To register as a delegate for the next event, please click here.

 

Careers Programme

Upper Sixth

Participation in our Mock Interview Morning- usually the penultimate Saturday in September- allows pupils to test their interview technique and receive advice from our expert volunteer interviewers. This is an event you would be daft not to attend!

Help is given on constructing a convincing Personal Statement if pupils are applying via UCAS for a degree. Click here for our tips. For those looking at universities outside the UK, seeking employment or applying for places on competitive gap schemes after A Levels, our advice and contacts could be essential. We fully recognise the strengths and advantages of apprenticeships at 16 and 18, and offer advice on alternatives to university at 18. 

We work with pupils on an individual basis according to their needs. While our expertise lies with the 11-18 age category, we actively keep in touch with former pupils, offer advice where suitable to former pupils of any age and are always delighted to receive offers of help from former pupils. Our parents too are an invaluable support network.


Lower Sixth

We talk formally to the year regularly in PSHCE: these sessions will usually cover 'The Options at 18', 'Not Going To Uni', 'The University application process' and 'Gap Years' (usually via Gapforce). Coventry University offers us excellent assistance.

After the AS exams are completed, we present formally to the year group about 'Staying Ahead' and invite experts in CV Technique and Personal Statement writing to deliver sessions.

We are able to offer an '11 Steps' booklet  with plenty of ideas for staying ahead of their rivals. Not only is it a fine aide memoire but it prompts action too.

In the final week of the Summer term, all pupils have the opportunity to plan a programme to suit their future beyond Bablake. 


Fifth Year

In September, we talk formally in PSHCE about the Options available at 16, both within Bablake and outside the school. 

A careers review allows each pupil to talk about his/her own action plan for life beyond GCSE.

Our CV Challenge is a fine chance to receive advice on how to compose a CV and Covering Letter- vital tools for future applications.


Fourth Year

The 'Your Future' booklet issued to each pupil in the Summer Terms follows up talks on positive digital portfolios and branding.

The Year Head organises an excellent Key Skills day based around vital business concepts of leadership, teamwork and communication.


Third Year

There is a formal PSHCE session where the Options at GCSE are set out by the Deputy Head- Academic.

All pupils take the Buzz challenge, on I Could, and we send a selection of our Upper Sixth pupils to answer questions from Third year pupils in an extended registration.


Second Year

In the formal PSHCE programme, a booklet is issued early in the year, asking pupils to think about their future choices, compare job trends across generations and consider the range of jobs in every profession.


Shells

Pupils are made aware of who 'lives' in the Careers department and where we are situated in school! Where possible, as well as introducing visitors to the senior school, especially if they are former pupils of note, we also work with our Junior School. Most recently an author and illustrator, actor and musician have spoken to these younger pupils.


 

Careers Team

The Careers Department is led by Mr Mark Woodward, who joined Bablake in 1987 as a Classics graduate from the University of Exeter. Mark took over the role of Head of Careers in 1998 and is supported by a strong team of Year Heads, Heads of Department and subject tutors. A member of the CRAC Decisions at 18 Advisory Group, Mark has delivered workshops to fellow advisers across the UK on a range of topics, including the importance of networking, online portfolios, gap years, interview technique and running a Careers department. He is a massive advocate of social networking, established a national careers website, has written for the national press and magazines, and in early 2014 was part of a Guardian Careers online panel which discussed good CV practice.

 

Links

  • Bablake's Careers department is keen to develop partnerships with former pupils and both local and national companies. To register an offer of help with an aspect of our Careers programme, please click here.
  • Please visit our Careers website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. 
  • To contact the Careers department, please email mgaw@bablake.coventry.sch.uk.
  • To download a brochure summarising our Careers delivery, please click here.

My employers are all impressed with how confident I am, even when dealing with senior executives and board members. I put that totally down to Bablake.

Sarah Brown