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Purpose of Careers Guidance

We recognise that effective careers guidance contributes to raising aspirations, creating positive self image, increasing self confidence, improving motivation and overcoming barriers to success. Our school has a critical role to play in preparing our young people for the next stage of their education or training and beyond. Our expectations are high, so that every student is challenged appropriately and acquires the knowledge, skills and attitudes for lifelong learning and that employers value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and enhance their employability.

Careers Skills:

We recognise the importance of developing the careers skills of our young people through our provision for Careers Guidance. We believe that young people need career skills to manage their own careers and to contribute to the well-being of themselves, their families, the communities and the wider society of which they are a part, the environment and the economy.

The school's careers provision, therefore, needs to help students to develop their self-efficacy, raise their aspirations, carry out career exploration, become more adaptable and resilient, make decisions and transitions, be more enterprising and be able to present themselves well in applications and interviews.

Employability Skills:

We recognise the importance of employability skills -the ‘transferable skills’ needed by an individual to make them ‘employable’. The top 10 skills that employers want and seek in potential employees are:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Using your initiative and being self-motivated
  • Organisational skills
  • Working under pressure and to deadlines
  • Team working
  • Ability to learn and adapt
  • Numeracy
  • Valuing diversity and difference
  • Negotiation Skills

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