Careers and guidance

In This Section

Aim

At Walton we help our students to make well informed and realistic decisions in working towards their career goals. We support students throughout their time with us at the academy, in particular at key times in their education, such as their GCSE, Post 16 and Post 18 choices. Our dedicated careers leader, Mrs Jane Etherington, is available for both students and parents during the school day, after school and at parents’ consultation evenings.

Mrs Etherington can be contacted on:
Tel: 01476 563251
Email: jetherington@walton-ac.org.uk

Entitlement

At Walton we are proactive in ensuring all students engage with a comprehensive programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). Importantly, it meets and exceeds DfE professional standards of practice, is catered to individual students and is impartial. It is based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers.

Our programme promotes equality of opportunity and inclusion, and aims to widen horizons and raise aspirations for all students. An exciting range of workshops, visiting speakers from industry and work-related activities ensures all students have the opportunity to make connections between learning in the classroom and possible jobs and careers pathways in the future. All students have a range of opportunities to evaluate their strengths and values and take responsibility for developing their employability skills.

All students and parents have the opportunity to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities at the Walton Careers Fair, held annually in July.

View our Careers Education and Guidance Policy:
Careers Education And Guidance Policy

 

Student entitlement

Year 7

  • Introduction to Careers Pathways and skills development
  • Access to impartial careers advice
  • Individual Fast Tomato account – online careers database (fasttomato.com)
  • Access to employers and universities through the Walton Careers Fair

Year 8

  • Careers Pathways – further developing employability skills
  • Support and advice for GCSE options
  • Individual Fast Tomato account – online careers database (www.fasttomato.com)
  • Access to employers and universities through the Walton Careers Fair
  • Access to impartial careers advice

Year 9

  • Careers Pathways – opportunities to explore career paths and have conversations with employers
  • Opportunities to visit universities
  • Individual Fast Tomato account – online careers database (www.fasttomato.com)
  • Access to employers and universities through the Walton Careers Fair
  • Access to impartial careers advice

Year 10

  • Individual Fast Tomato account – online careers database (fasttomato.com)
  • Opportunities to visit universities
  • Industry Visit – all students will visit a workplace
  • CV writing workshop
  • Mock Interviews
  • Individual Unifrog account – online careers and higher education database
  • Access to employers and universities through the Walton Careers Fair
  • Access to impartial careers advice

Year 11

  • Careers Interview with individual Action Plan for future aspirations
  • Careers assemblies
  • Individual Fast Tomato account – online careers database (www.fasttomato.com)
  • Individual Unifrog account – online careers and higher education database
  • Access to employers and universities through the Walton Careers Fair

Post 16

  • Individual Unifrog account – online careers and higher education database
  • Year 12 visit to Higher Education Convention
  • Year 12 Progression Evening – speakers from universities, apprenticeship providers, student finance
  • Access to employers and universities through the Walton Careers Fair
  • Individual Careers interview with Action Plan
  • Individual support with UCAS/Apprenticeship applications

View the Post 16 careers page for extra resources.

 

Useful websites

Fast tomato – log into your account
Start – create an account and explore potential careers by employer or industry
Careersbox – lots of YouTube video clips explaining different jobs and careers
iCould – real stories to inspire you! Take the Buzz Quiz to see what career path might suit you
Brightknowledge (from Brightside) a directory of careers information
Futuremorph – this website shows the wide range of careers that studying science, maths and technology could open up for you – you might be surprised.
National Careers Service  as well as advice on starting to look for jobs, you can speak or email a National Careers advisor.
The UCAS website has everything a student or parent needs to know about researching different universities and applying for places.
School Webs Directory – an online directory for UK universities
Which Uni – information about universities and higher and degree apprenticeships
The Student Room – access to advice from students already studying at university
Unifrog – log in to access your account
Find an Apprenticeship – register to get live updates of apprenticeship jobs
Get In Go Far – videos from current apprentices
Help Them Go Far – advice about apprenticeships for parents
https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ – explore opportunities to learn on the job

Follow the useful links below to local providers for Post 16 courses – sixth forms and FE colleges

Grantham College
New College Stamford
Lincoln College
Nottingham College

Lots of ideas below to link future career aspirations to your current studies!

Careers in Maths
Careers in Science
Careers in Engineering
Careers in Teaching
Careers in Health and Social Care
Careers in Sport 
Careers in Creative Arts
Careers in Performing Arts
Careers in the Health Sector
Careers in Land Based Studies
Careers in Food & Drink
Careers in Leisure and Tourism
Careers in Government
Careers in Construction
Careers in Law
Careers in Catering

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