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Careers Guidance

All students at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey receive careers information and advice.  Their subject tutors and mentors are there to advise them so each student makes an informed choice about their future studies.  

Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey offers outstanding opportunities for academic and vocational learning.  Our aim is for every student to be employable and to aspire to be the best that they can be.

The world class Academy facilities include the opportunity for students to choose a pathway that includes the following:

  • The opportunity to study carpentry, bricklaying and plumbing in our construction courses
  • Practical experience of motor vehicle mechanics in our  on-site garage facility
  • Salon services and hairdressing experience  on the East Campus of the Academy
  • Welding and lathe work are two of the key components of our Engineering offer in the vocational centre

The Academy will next review the programme in June 2019. 

Secondary Phase Careers Offer

Students begin career exploration in Year 7 and then continue with this from Year 8 to Year 13, developing an awareness of different range of careers and to explore where people work.  Students will gain an understanding of job families and develop an understanding of link between school subjects and careers.

During the Summer Term Year 10 students will also participate in a one-week work experience programme organised in association with Medway Education Business Partnership (MEBP).  They are fully prepared for this beforehand and then shown how to make use of the skills they have learnt when they return to school.  Students may wish to source their own placements, which they can do and MEBP will ensure that a Health and Safety check takes place.  Our Work Experience programme is a great opportunity for our students and many have received Apprenticeship and employment opportunities as a result.  Work Experience is also encouraged and supported in Year 12 too.

At the start of Year 11 every student receives a ‘one-to-one’ careers interview with an experienced CXK Careers Adviser. Miss Kempt, our Careers Officer and a CXK Careers Adviser also attends events such as Year 8 Options Evening, Year 11 Parents Evenings, Sixth Form Open Evenings and our Post 16 Guidance Evening.

All Year 11 students are informed of the Post 16 opportunities available to them and supported in their applications to Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey Sixth Form and to other Further Education centres of their choice. This is completed on www.ucasprogress.com They are given detailed information about this process via Miss Kempt.

Sixth Form Careers Offer

In Years 12 and 13 we support students with developing their interview and employability skills and we provide them with the information they need to make choices for when they leave our Sixth Form. Each year, Year 12 students attend the UCAS Convention, here they have the opportunity to speak to Universities from all over the country.

If university is a choice then they are guided through the ’UCAS’ process and advised as to how to write their Personal Statements. In addition all students can meet with Miss Kempt for information, advice and guidance if they wish to follow an apprenticeship or employment pathway.

Year 12 and Year 13 students are also encouraged to take up volunteering. Students are advised as to how these activities will all help towards their future employment.

Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey works closely with The Kent & Medway Progression Federation.  This is a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University, the University for the Creative Arts, the University of Kent, Kent County Council, Medway Council, East Kent College, and 40 schools.  They work together to raise the attainment and aspirations of young people in Kent and Medway who may not otherwise consider higher education as a route to success.  We are invited to many events at the different universities for students to have a taste of university life.

A Careers Fair is held annually attracting local exhibitors who talk to students in all year groups about their industry and the career and apprenticeships opportunities available.  Local colleges and universities are also invited too.

The Academy measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme through the use of student surveys and destination data.  Students will complete a careers journal to show their development, knowledge and skills they have built throughout Years 7 through to 13.  

Advice for students interested in Higher Education

TARGET Careers university profiles give details such as number of students, student-staff ratio and average UCAS tariff needed: https://targetcareers.co.uk/university-hubs/ 

A course search function allows you to browse thousands of courses by university, qualification level, study mode and region: https://targetcareers.co.uk/search/courses

Find out what university rankings mean by looking at how they are calculated and what measures are used: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/choices-about-uni/384889-what-university-rankings-mean

Take a look at these degree subject guides to help you decide what to study at university. Look at what content, teaching methods and contact hours would suit you best as well as what careers each subject might lead to: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides

If you have a career area in mind, look at these various articles to help you understand what degrees would benefit your chosen path. From law to photography, design and TV there are over 15 different areas to explore: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides

These university reviews tell you what the universities are really like and are written by current students: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/university-reviews

Find out how much university will cost and get advice about tuition fees, whether you are from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/choices-about-uni/50-university-tuition-fees-and-funding 

Advice on Choosing your A Levels

Choose the best A Levels or BTEC options for your future, whether you want to go to university or get a job straight after school or college: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/a-level-choices/315491-what-a-level-subjects-should-i-take

Useful Websites (Careers, Apprenticeships & University)

Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) is information about the job market – it shows patterns, trends, facts and figures which help students to understand the job market and make careers decisions.

LMI enables students to make informed choices on the economic and labour market conditions and how this will impact education, qualifications, training and skills.  It provides a better understanding of current and future supply and demand of labour and jobs, vacancies and recruitment.

Researching LMI allows students the opportunity to understand what the job market looks like and areas that will help you make your career choice.

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This data is made freely available via the widget below. 

You will be able to search information such as salary, working hours, the workforce, where you might find jobs and a brief overview of the careers.

Information finder

Career Options

Find out about different options by searching 12 careers sectors full of advice and information such as salaries you can expect to earn, the types of jobs available and what your options are with, or without, a degree: https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors

From academic librarian to youth worker: look through graduate job descriptions to find out what each job involves and the qualifications and skills that are most needed: https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions

Building a CV

Put together a CV that will show you in the best possible light, whether you are applying for work experience, an entry-level job or apprenticeships and similar programmes: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/198-how-to-write-a-cracking-school-leaver-cv

Find out about online ability and aptitude tests for school leaver programmes, including numerical and verbal reasoning tests: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/44-online-ability-tests-for-school-leaver-programmes-and-apprenticeships

Make sure your online application form stands out for the right reasons and helps you get the apprenticeship place you want: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/42-top-tips-for-filling-in-school-leaver-programme-application-forms

Getting Work Experience

Find out about the different ways you can gain the work experience you need to impress employers and get hired, whether or not you go to university first: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-experience/388-work-experience-for-school-students-what-you-need-and-how-to-get-it

Make the most of your work experience by finding out what to wear, how to impress and what you should do once it is completed: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-experience/313849-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-work-experience-placement

University Open Days

University open days are a fantastic way of finding out about the universities that you are thinking of studying at and the courses you might want to take. Here are some top tips for making the most of your visits: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/choices-about-uni/313867-how-to-make-the-most-of-university-open-days

Popular Choices for School and University Leavers

The UK’s 100 most popular employers for school leavers

·         Take a look at the 100 most popular employers for school leavers as voted for by school pupils: https://targetcareers.co.uk/school-leavers-100

The UK’s 50 most popular universities for school leavers

·         Find out the 50 most popular universities in the UK as voted for by school pupils: https://targetcareers.co.uk/top-50-unis


Thinking About Taking a Gap Year?

Thinking of taking a gap year before starting university or beginning work on an apprenticeship? Plan ahead so you get what you want out of your time out: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/gap-years/180-how-to-have-a-well-planned-gap-year