Important Messages: 23rd January - Year 11 Parents Evening
Sixth Form Curriculum
Why is work experience valuable?
Work experience provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate employability skills for future careers. Completing a placement can demonstrate your passion and commitment to your area of interest. It will also give you the opportunity to network, make contacts, enhance your CV with skills and a reference or UCAS application and offer an insight into a particularly industry or organisation.
What you need to know
  • Every placement will need to have completed the WEX Placement form (see links)
  • Deadline for finding placements is end of January 2018.
Top tips
  • Be organised - start looking early to get the best placements, many schools are out at the same time
  • Research into career ideas
  • Use your contacts! Ask family/friends/neighbours/teachers/careers adviser if they have any ideas
  • Look at university courses and see which ones require work experience/shadowing e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Teaching, Nursing, Veterinary
  • Talk to year 13 – see if there are any placements they would recommend
  • Look at company websites e.g. Sky, Kew Gardens, JP Morgan, BBC, NPL, Haymarket etc.
When applying…..
  • Find out the name of the contact person for WEX or HR Manager
  • Contact by email/letter
  • Make personal contact by picking up the phone
  • Follow up if no response
  • Make sure you have a CV available
  • Have a covering letter or email explaining who you are and why you want to work at that company
Advice and support in school
  • See Mrs Healey (Careers Adviser) to explore career ideas
  • Check the notice board in the 6th form regularly
  • If you like any of the placements from last year let us know and we can put you in touch with them

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