CAREERS INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
At The Studio we prepare young people for success in the digital world, whether this is full-time employment, entrepreneurship, a new business venture or further study, we strive to ensure all our students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the creative and digital sector.
In order for that to happen we offer exceptional careers advice, guidance and information for all students based on real world information straight from the industry. We do that in-house as well as pointing you in the direction of independent guidance, so you have a broad range of information to aid your decisions.
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For more information on careers, please contact our Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Lead, Sam Forrest [email protected],
Tel: 0151 230 1330
Monitoring and review: The Studio School Careers programme is measured against the Careers Quality Award and tracked against the Gatsby Benchmarks through COMPASS. Quantitative and qualitative data is collected on the impact of the programme and feeds into an annual review of provision which takes place each August.
Date of next review: September 2021
The Career Connect Service
The Career Connect Service is a national organisation that we subscribe to. They work in partnership with us to provide impartial help and advice for young people. Career Connect Personal Advisers provide up-to-date, independent advice and guidance about education, training and employment opportunities. The Careers Connect Personal Advisers take group sessions and aim to interview the majority of Year 11 students but are also available to support Year 9, 10 and Sixth Form students each year.
The Careers Connect Personal Adviser is Karen Gallagher. The advisor spends at least a day in school each week and you can request an appointment by speaking with the school Careers team Students can also access support via the Careers Connect website or by appointment in Careers Connect Offices across the city.
Unifrog transforms the way young people find and apply for post-16 and post-18 opportunities.
Don’t yet know what you would like to do? If you don’t do anything else, do The Spartan Test which is a very clever psychometric quiz which builds a profile of you based on your responses to a series of pictures and then creates your very own Subjects Cloud and Career Cloud based on your profile. From those clouds you can find out all about every career or course with one click. It takes only 6 minutes from start to finish and it’s brilliant! Although you can just dip in and do the Spartan Test, do REGISTER. It will save your results and organise it in your own Research Zone.
This is a Careers Helpline for Young People over 13 which is part of the National Careers Service. You can email, text or phone them or even ask them to phone you back and it is completely free.
Helping your child begin their career journey
Success at School is a national careers website for students aged 11-19, as well as their teachers, careers advisors, parents and other influencers. They’ve put together this no-nonsense careers advice, covering topics such as career paths, industries, apprenticeships, university and employability skills, alongside gap year info and how to futureproof your child’s career. Click here to download the Parents & Carers eBook.
The National Careers Service Support
Liverpool City Region Careers
A suite of online learning resources designed to support individuals, school careers leaders, careers guidance practitioners and adult learning tutors. Find out more here: https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/careers/
FutureLearnCareers helps you match a career to your education and skills. Explore which job could be the right fit for you by heading to https://futurelearncareers.com
Useful websites about preparing applications
- How to craft a stellar CV – where we share expert advice, samples and a professional template to help your students create a truly polished document
- Best examples of CV formatting – here we go over the most essential dos and don’ts and other pointed advice to help the candidate create the most aesthetically pleasing CV
- How to write an outstanding cover letter – with an in-depth, step-by-step analysis helping the applicant craft an outstanding cover letter that will separate them from the competition
The UCAS app contains important information about higher education and the UCAS application process. Regularly-reviewed so it remains up-to-date and relevant, it’s full of information and advice on what UCAS offers.
UCAS confirmation, clearing and adjustment gives you all the information you need to get prepared for A level results day.
UCAS confirmation and clearing toolkit helps people without a university or college place find a suitable course. The UCAS toolkit is designed to get you thinking about clearing, so that – whether you anticipate using it or not – you understand the steps you’d take to find a place.
University advice and information
Which? University A level explorer
If you’re considering your A level options and want to understand which subjects will get you on which degree course, try the Which? University A level Explorer. It’s a handy overview of A level options for specific degree courses.
UCAS is the go-to website for anything to do with going to university. It is brilliant for guidance on writing the perfect CV, Personal Statements and letters of application and lots, lots more.
Local university websites
University of Liverpool
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool Hope College
Edge Hill College
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
The University of Manchester
The Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Central Lancashire
This gives the Open Days for every UK University
What to study, where to go and how to get there.
The Complete University Guide gives you the league tables for every university, every subject and every course in the UK.
An excellent website which gives you league tables (with some different criteria from the Complete University Guide) so it’s well-worth checking out.
A really useful website. The UTC and Studio are registered with this company, so use your log-in details to access the site.
An absolutely brilliant website which covers ALL types of careers, courses and subjects with lots of superb online tools to help you find your future career.
Find more useful advice about university applications, personal statements and independent rankings by following these links:
The apprenticeship route provides a valid alternative to university, with the qualifications to match. The Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships talks you through the differences and reassures that degree apprenticeships will let you graduate with your cap and gown, plus several years of work experience under your belt.
Work through this Personal Development Workbook to help you secure an apprenticeship https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/resource/36614#&gid=undefined&pid=1 – workbook for students looking to secure an apprenticeship
Make this Government website your first stop.
DO create an account if you are interested in apprenticeships as they will send you an alert when something comes up which you might be interested in. The next four links will take you to different sections of that website.
These are excellent sites giving lots of information for school-leavers (Year 11 and older) about apprenticeships, jobs, reviews and career advice. By registering, you will be alerted to anything which might interest you.
Liverpool City Region’s Growth Platform, which support both people and businesses to realise their potential and generate growth, has also put together a listing of careers resources for the region. Take a look at the opportunities for creative and technology-based careers – alongside many others – here:
Useful websites about Virtual Work Experience
Date: Friday 12th February 2021
For: Year 12/13 students interested in talking to a wide range of companies based in their area
Sign up link: https://uptree.co/futuresup/e/1516044069/
Date: Tuesday 16th February 2021
For: Year 12/13 students interested in STEM, Engineering and applying to MBDA. Students must have UK citizenship due to MBDA security policy.
Sign up link: https://uptree.co/mbda/e/4000725371/
Date: Thursday 11th March 2021
For: Year 12/13 students interested in Law and applying for DWF’s apprenticeships
Sign up link: https://uptree.co/dwf-law/e/569015679/
Date: Tuesday 16th March 2021
For: Year 12/13 students interested in a career in Professional Services or at KPMG
Sign up link: https://uptree.co/kpmg/e/1506577227/
Marketing Virtual Work Experience runs from the 15th – 19th February and features live workshops with assignments that will be marked. It covers marketing basics to form a rock-solid foundation.
– Marketing Principles
– Strategy and User Personas
– Marketing Campaigns
– Social Media and Content
– Marketing Analysis
– Career Pathways in Marketing
Nestlé Employability Skills Programme, is a one week programme taking place 15th – 19th February and is structured similarly, centred around skills, practices and insight into the world of work – something I wish I’d had in school. This programme also has live workshops and assignments. Again, I’ve bullet pointed the main points of interest below!
– Welcome to Nestlé
– The world of work
– Project management
– Data analytics
– Digital Skills
– Getting workplace ready