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Mrs Wray's Careers Blog

Hello, welcome to the Becky High Careers blog, where we'll post the latest news about what's been happening in school and opportunities outside of school. Check back here regularly as opportunities are posted as we find them. 

If students in Y11-Y13 would like to chat about anything careers related, please email me (Mrs K Wray) and I would be happy to arrange a time to meet. 

Latest news and opportunities

  • (13/6) Interested in any aspect of film, then you might want to attend the Pinewood Futures Festival which takes place in February next year. Click here to register your interest.
  • (10/6) Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust will open their application window for Y12 and Y13 work experience between Friday 24 August 2024 – Sunday 8 September 2024 for clinical work experience in the autumn term.  Full details can be found on their website here. 
  • (10/6) Students in Y11 considering university in the US should consider attending the US College Day fair which takes place in London on 27th and 28th September. More information can be found here
  • (10/6) FTI Consulting is offering scholarships for students about to start a numerate subject at university and interested in economics. Click here for more information and to apply. 
  • (7/6) UCB a global biopharmaceutical company in Slough, is offering Y12 and Y13 work experience July 16th-19th. Closing date for applications is 10th June. Click here to apply.
  • (6/6) GE Healthcare in Chalfont St Giles are offering a day of work experience for Y12 and Y13 students on 2nd July.  It is an opportunity to find out more about engineering, healthcare, digitisation and cutting-edge technology. Click here to register. 

Glastonbury Festival takes place in June, so this month's Careers Insight looks at careers in live music, food and drink and heritage industries. 

6 june 2024 careers insight glastonbury.pdf

  •  (15/5) Mondelez (the makers of Cadbury chocolate) is offering legal work experience in July for Y12 - 1st year Uni students. Click here for info. 
  • (13/5) Buckinghamshire Skills Hub has published the May edition of Classroom to Careers.
  •  (9/5) Students interested in in aviation and aeronautical engineering can attend the final day (26th July) of the Farnborough International Air Show for free (accompanying adults must pay for a ticket). Information and booking can be found here
  •  (25/4) Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust are hosting a 'getting into medicine' evening on 3rd July. Click here for info and to book.
  • (16/4) UK Electronics Skills Foundation is offering a 1 day electronics workshops to girls in Year 10-12 at a variety of universities over the summer term. Click here for more info and to book. 
  • (26/3) Bucks Skills Hub has published the latest version of Classroom to Careers, find it here.

(25/3) FE News has published an article on the universities that best support neurodivergent students. Find it here.

(14/3) Cisco summer work experience for Y11 and Y12 is open for applications here

(11/3) The engineering company Leonardo offers work experience here.

(11/3) Surrey Satellite Technology offer work experience, check out their website here

(5/3) BAe is offering work experience at a variety of sites in the summer. Check out details here

(26/2) Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust are hosting a Biomedical Science Careers information evening at Stoke Mandeville hospital on 27th June. All secondary students (and parents) are welcome. More info and to book tickets here

PWC (a professional services and accounting firm that recruits hundreds of graduates) have launched their virtual insight programme (29-31 July 2024) for Y11 and Y12 students. Click here for more info and to apply.

Amazon have launched a bursary programme for prospective female Computer Science (and related subjects) degree students. Click here for more information, eligibility criteria apply. 

The National Audit Office is offering accountancy apprenticeships

BAESystems have announced the launch of their 2024 degree apprentice programmes, check here for information. 

BBC apprentice schemes  are now open for applicants.

Archive news and opportunities

Useful websites

Unifrog is a careers platform used in school, every student has a login. 

Prospects is a great website, funded, but independent of, UK universities, offering lots of information on graduate jobs. Use the search tool to ask "what can I do with my X degree" and it will provide up to date and well written information with lots of other links. 

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers report and Highfliers graduate labour market report includes useful information about graduate recruitment 

InvestIn offer paid for University and work experiences, they have just started a careers podcast

The National Career Service has a useful website and offer one to one advice to anyone over the age of 16 

Springpod offers lots of virtual work experience opportunities (for free). 

The Sutton Trust offers summer schools and support for applicants who want to study at competitive universities or apply for degree apprentices with the aim of improving social mobility. 

Apprenticeships

The Government's apprentice listing website (surprisingly useful).

Amazing Apprenticeships has published the January Higher and Degree Apprenticeship listing with a huge variety of roles being advertised. 

 Amazing Apprenticeships publish a bi-annual listing of higher and degree apprenticeships.

NotGoingToUni website lists a variety of apprenticeship vacancies.

A good place to start your search for solicitor apprenticeships.

 

Gap year

Some useful advice and further information on gap years on the UCAS website. 

Local FE (16-18) colleges

Students have a wide variety of options after Year 11. as well as A levels as school 6th forms and local colleges, Level 3 BTEC and T level qualifications are offered locally at a number of colleges. Students can also apply for Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships

Local colleges include:  

University

UCAS is used to apply for university but it is also a database of every course in the UK, so great for researching. It also provides a wide range of useful information on courses, contextual offers etc. 

Information on Student Finance (tuition fees and loans).

NHS Bursary for medicine and dental students.

NHS Learning Support Fund for nursing, midwifery and other allied health professional students (inc physio, SALT etc).

UKCISA website provides good advice on university fee status for international students.

A very comprehensive guide to university produced by UniTasterdays.com

Work experience

Information about careers in....

...banking and finance

A guide to careers in banking and finance. 

HSBC Work Experience.

...creative industries

Screenskills provides a huge amount of information and opportunities relating to careers in TV, film, animation and gaming. 

GetIntoTheatre provides information on....getting into theatre

Eric - an app offering support for students interested in careers in creative industries. 

Warner Bros Crew website

Disney Creative skills website

Or try this website for finding your first job in film.

Resource Productions offer (free) clubs for teens who want to get into film. Check out their website here for more info. 

Reading College offers Saturday clubs for students in Film, Art and Fashion. Bucks New Uni offers a club in Art. Check out the website to get on the waiting lists. 

Channel 4 offer a variety of apprenticeships click here for more info.

 

...clinical roles and the NHS

A great website to find out more about the full range of jobs and careers in the NHS. 

The NHS jobs website - great for researching clinical jobs markets.

Apply for work experience at Buckinghamshire Health NHS Trust here

Apply for work experience at Wexham Park Hospital here

Thames Valley Hospice (near Maidenhead) offer work experience for potential medics, nurses, physio etc. Apply here

...science, engineering & technology

For information about careers in the UK space industry, click here.

National Physical Laboratory offer work experience, check out their website here.

This website lists a variety of jobs in defence, aviation and space sectors

Rutherford Appleton Laboratories offer work experience at their labs in Didcot. 

IT/Tech work experience with Kainos here

Drax (energy sector) work experience.

 Softwire (Digital and Software) work experience

Nuffield Work Experience placements.

McLaren Racing offer summer work experience in Woking, click here to apply. 

 

...public services

public services recruit a large number of graduates, non graduates and apprentices, some useful links below: 

Thames Valley Police

Civil Service 

Local Government

NHS Management

RAF, the Army, the Navy

...sport

A good website to start a search for information about careers in sport: BASES.

...sustainability

 For jobs in sustainability and the low carbon economy check out this website
Check out jobs and career paths in the low carbon economy here.