Careers Guidance

We have the ethos that it is never too early to consider your future, indeed, your options later may well be affected by the decisions you make. The best advice is to gather as much advice and support as you can.

Growth in career sectors - which pathways should we be considering? Let’s examine current Government advice as to which employment sectors are projected to offer the most future growth. Where does your child's best prospects lie?

We access many sources of information through professional networks, Internet digital based resources, collaborative partnerships complimented by experienced staff who are passionate about your child’s future.

Parents and Carers often ask ‘How can we help?’ Be a research buddy, explore together the range of learning and training opportunities and navigate through it together.  Come along to parent evenings, parent and student events and be an active Babington Community member. Access the resources on here and become aware of application deadlines; extra- curricular activities; online tools you can use too; who is who and how they can help you child to succeed. Click on the UCAS Progress link and find out more about the online application process your child will use in year 11 to apply for post 16 options. Refer to the year 11 calendar and checklist and encourage your child to keep on track with their application process.

Who is who – Your child’s in-school support network

Career Guidance Entitlement statement

Career Guidance Events

Further Education

Career Guidance Enquiries

NCS Summer Volunteer Programme

Links to useful websites


Current Apprenticeship Opportunities

What qualifications mean

Labour Market Information

Find out and compare information about different jobs in the UK.

Jobs Information (LMI) & Resources 

Student Opportunities

What - Student opportunities to discover WIIFM (What’s in it for me)

Key Stage 3

What does career mean?

What will I learn in Careers education?

What am I like?

Why do people work?

How do people investigate the world of work and its opportunities?

How do I make the best use of careers information?

What is involved in making decisions at 13+ ?

What is the world of work like?

Key Stage 4

How am I changing?

How can work experience help me?

What are my strengths, qualities, skills and achievements?

What is involved in managing decisions and transitions post 16?

What opportunities post 16 are there?

How do I make effective applications?

What is LMI and what does it mean to me?

How do people deal with problems at work?

How do I cope with change?

What do I do if things don’t go to plan?

Post – 16

How do I improve my ‘career capital’?

How are careers changing and what does that mean for me?

How do I manage my ‘career’ effectively so I progress?

What is involved in choosing FE, Apprenticeships, HE?

How do I build my brand and network?

What volunteering opportunities are there and why should I bother?

How do I keep motivated?

How we deliver careers education

How - Practical application, how do we deliver an exciting Careers development  programme here at Babington
Year Group Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) enhancement
Year 7
  • Introduction to digital resources such as U-Explore, what is a skill, a quality, an achievement
  • Group sessions to introduce who is their career advisor and build their toolkit for success
  • Bespoke self-esteem group programmes targeted at identified students to build self- efficacy 
  • Develop career skills with action planning and recording achievements
  • Develop How, Now ,WOW reflective thinking to record what is going well and why and what they would like to improve and why
  • Aspiration opportunities through self awareness workshops and access to inspirational speakers
  • STEM Mentoring
  • WAGALL (What Does a Good Attitude Look Like) conferences
Year 8
  • Parent info sessions- meet the Careers Advisor
  • Mentoring programme in school  ( peer and professional)
  • Sector skill workshops to explore the main occupational groups
  • PSHE lesson delivery support 
  • Personal branding developing WOW factor
  • What’s in it for me (WIIFM) sessions
  • WAGALL- What does a good attitude look like  group sessions
  • Living library network event with professionals from a variety of sectors
  • Options what are they and what do they mean to me?
  • 1:1 sessions with the Careers Advisor with a personalised action plan
  • Bespoke self-esteem group programmes targeted at identified students to build self- efficacy 
  • Apply How, Now ,WOW reflective thinking to record what is going well and why and what they would like to improve and why
  • University tasters
Year 9
  • 1:1 sessions with a Careers Advisor with a personalised action plan
  • Investigate job profiles , entry route ways using on line career tools
  • Enhance careers skills; identify your support network, requesting help, negotiations, decision making, questioning and research  skills
  • How to make effective decisions
  • STEM club
  • Living Library event with how to make powerful first impressions using questioning techniques
  • Describe and discuss  How, Now ,WOW reflective thinking with peers to record what is going well and why and what they would like to improve and why
  • University tasters
Year 10
  • 1:1 session with a Careers Advisor with target setting and action review
  • How to cope with transition
  • Work Experience assembly and preparation
  • UCAS Progress introductions, search and favourite
  • Meet the Experts, Living Library seminar  events specific to student preference
  • How to make effective post 16 choices using a combination of ideas to plan and develop a career footprint
  • Personal statement mind mapping
  • Portfolio creation, where students record learning, achievements and development a focal point for CED  thinking
  • Bespoke Skills Show using local providers in school
  • Analyse How, Now ,WOW reflective thinking to discuss with peers what is going well and why and what they would like to improve and why
  • Stand Up and Take Over Day
Year 11
  • 45 min 1:1 with a Careers Advisor to explore current presenting need, progress in school, post 16 choices, readiness for transition, decision making coping skills. with target setting and action review
  • UCAS Progress training
  • UCAS Progress Surgeries after-school
  • Buddy Up a mentor programme where Year 11 students support  KS 3 students
  • Year 11 Options fair
  • Mock Interviews with Employers
  • Practise self presentation skills e.g CV, Mock interviews, covering letters
  • Apprenticeship Club
  • CV workshop session
  • Interview Skills workshops
  • Investigate labour marker information using a range of mediums and methods
  • Access volunteer opportunities  
  • Stand up and take over enrichment event in school where students apply for school roles and work shadow employees in school the Principal , Premises, catering etc
  • Evaluate How, Now ,WOW reflective thinking to record what is going well and why and what they would like to improve and why

Work Experience

Work experience who, how and why

Work Experience is offered to a select group of Year 10 students. Students take part in a realistic recruitment and selection process involving an interview for potential candidates.  We work with the Leicestershire Education Business Company insert website who match placements to student preference.

Student comments from some of those who took part in 2017

I would rate my work experience an 8/10, everyone has determination a really valuable characteristics.  If I find things boring I have been resilient , initiated  conversations with the people and asked for extra things to do

I learned so much, how to communicate and work with different personalities. I learned tolerance.  I have learned to do mundane tasks which enabled me to complete the more challenging ones

I feel confident to work with the staff at the nursery and use my creative skills.  I made peg people, super heros; taught the little ones to weave and made mud pies! I met and greeting the parents in the morning.  I feel more confident I pushed myself and asked the staff if I could help them

I have been pushed outside my comfort zone.  My placement was better than I thought it would be. I got a taste of what it is like in the real life work place

I created an author display board in the library, I created a year 7 ‘go Fish’ activity appropriate to reading level where students pick a fish then find the book.  I offered my thoughts on a themed induction day

Student advice

Don’t think work experience is easy, prepare, be professional, read your paperwork and understand what you need to do

Do it even if its random you will learn things and challenge yourself

Great opportunity, grab it!. Research about the placement, practice the skills specific to the role . SMILE and be friendly


What Employers said,  feedback 2017

Great attitude and work ethic

Best student we have had so far!

Worked well within the team and completed all the tasks  given; very professional with a good sense of humour

Excellent worker and a positive performer

It has been a pleasure to have xx this week. He is a very likeable young man

An excellent student who made the most of their opportunity with us. Always well presented, always early, very polite. The work completed was to an excellent standard, well beyond there years.  We would gladly welcome them back  for more work experience ir even the Summer job in the future

Careers Enquiries

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