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Careers Education

Preparation for employment is an integral part of everything we do at The Misbourne. We aim to prepare our students to go on to further or higher education or skilled employment and enable them to make a significant contribution to society.

While qualifications remain very important, with few exceptions, they are no longer the only consideration. We recognise that employability or work-readiness is becoming more and more important when potential employers’ look for people to fill vacancies. 

We are proud to be a Careers Hub Lead School.

Our Careers Lead is Mrs Helen Hill:
hhill@themisbourne.co.uk telephone: 01494 862869

Employers

Are you an employer looking to work with a school?  Then we are looking for you!

We are keen to work with employers who can pass on the benefit of their skills, experience and expertise.  Many of our careers events require volunteers who are willing to get involved in a variety of activities such as:

  • speak to students in small groups
  • present in assemblies
  • answer questions posed by students (speed networking in small groups)
  • interviewers (Skype or face to face)
  • observers at our group assessment activities
  • work with students on a one to one basis to help edit their draft CVs
  • stall holders at our annual careers fair
  • link with curriculum areas to show how students how their learning in specific subjects can lead in to various careers

The Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company is running a national campaign to encourage employers to Give an Hour.... Make a difference.  Click here to find out more details.

If you would like to find out more, or would like to volunteer for an event please contact:

Mrs Helen Hill, Careers Lead:  hhill@themisbourne.co.uk

Labour Market Information

Labour market information (LMI) may help students and their parents understand the job market and find out which careers, different qualifications can lead to.  We strongly advise students to look through the resources below before making GCSE and A Level option choices. 

Students have been encouraged to complete the careers software that the school subscribes to https://www.startprofile.com/, (the school registration code:16758), by asking a number of questions, the software guides the students to research a variety of suitable careers.  It would be useful if students spent time reviewing the software results with parents to ensure they maximise the benefits.

To view the local labour market information presentation click here.

To view useful information on the national labour market and future trends in the labour market click here.

The National Careers Service provides excellent information about a wider variety of job roles.

When students think about their future options, it's important that they consider their skills and knowledge, which careers interest them and also the job availability in that sector . Visit Moving On to compare average earnings, working hours and predicted  job openings. 

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

Former Misbourne Students

We are so proud of what our students go on to achieve once they have left The Misbourne.  It's great to hear about the careers that students pursue, not just to celebrate their successes but also to inspire the next generation of students.  Understanding our students' career paths also helps the school ensure that we are offering the right curriculum and careers support going forward. 

If you haven't already done so, it would be great if you were willing to join The Misbourne Alumni on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/school/the-misbourne-bucks/.

You will need to make sure that your profile states that you studied at THE MISBOURNE (select, rather than type). This will then show the alumni button on the Misbourne page.  The latest LinkedIn upgrade means that the alumni unfortunately only shows on your PC, not your mobile phone. 

We post the odd update on what's happening at school so that you can keep in touch  and occasionally we ask if ex-students are able to volunteer to help at a careers event. 

Specific Industry Career Advice

Specific industry or professions careers advise can be found on the following websites:

Accountancy - find out how to become an accountant - Accounting Careers

Army - find out about the roles that are currently available – Army Careers

Civil Service - is divided into departments, which deal with areas such as education, health and defence. Whatever your passion – from the environment to international development, there’s a department or agency to match - Discover careers in the Civil Service

Construction - The Go Construct Website showcases the many career opportunities available in the construction and the built environment.

Creative Industries - www.discovercreative.careers brings together careers information and opportunities from creative organisations in one explorable directory. https://www.screenskills.com/ ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries. They work across the UK to ensure that film, television, VFX (visual effects), animation and games have the skills and talent they need.

Engineering - What is engineering? Find out with Tomorrow's Engineers. We're all about engineering careers, with advice on study, apprenticeships, careers resources, jobs ... https://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/

Financial Services - The financial services industry is filled with acronyms and jargon that can sometimes be hard to remember. This 'Accountancy Glossary', produced by chartered accountants, will give students an expert guide or act as a helpful reference point - arnoldhill.co.uk

Health Professionals - The allied health professions are a family of specialist roles who use their knowledge and skills to help patients live the fullest lives possible.  They work directly with patients, so they can see th difference they make every day. Click here for more information

Law - traditionally, work experience for law students has taken place within an actual law firm or barristers chambers. However, some law firms have paved the way for a new kind of virtual work experience for law students to allow them to see what life at a law firm might be like. Find out more from the Lawyer Portal

Merchant Navy - Take a look at the opportunities and pathways to careers in the Merchant Navy - Explore the many Careers at Sea

NHS - Make a difference with a career in health. Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career - healthcareers.nhs.uk

Project Management - APM, the chartered body for the project profession, has created the Careers Hub to help you gauge what skills, qualifications and experience you need in order to make the next step in your career or see how salaries compare to other roles - apm.org.uk

RAF Careers – information on the roles currently offered by the RAF

Royal Navy – Find out information about the roles that are available in the Navy

Teaching - find out how to get into teaching -  getintoteaching.education.gov.uk

Teachers

Young adults who recall four or more encounters with employers while at school are five times less likely to be NEET and earn on average, 18% more than peers who recall no such activities" 

Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers Task Force.

Careers guidance needs to happen in the classroom, not just in distinct careers activities.   We encourage all curriculum areas to embrace employer led learning, using industry professionals and resources to help deliver curriculum lessons, blending careers ideas with academic learning. There are numerous benefits for our students:

  • TIME:  Employer-led curriculum learning forms part of the planned timetable and doesn’t take pupils away from lessons. 
  • NEW IDEAS:  Opportunity to discuss topics with external professionals who use subjects practically on a daily basis, exchanging ideas and expertise.
  • NEW ANGLES:  Use real life examples to get across concepts students find difficult to grasp.
  • BUILD LONG-TERM RESOURCES:  Develop the relationship into a regular experience.
  • ENRICHMENT:  Add an extra element to deepen curriculum learning.
  • NEW INSPIRATION:  You could be providing the single inspirational moment that changes the direction of a student’s life.

  • MOTIVATION:  Students see that subjects are relevant to the real world – and therefore why it’s important to study them.

Teachers are able to use their own acquaintances or ask Mrs H Hill, Careers Lead: hhill@themisbourne.co.uk for support finding relevant contacts.

Year 7 Day to Work

The Year 7 Day to Work takes place each year when students accompany their parents or another trusted adult to their place of work for the day to observe and take part in working practices that they would not normally come into contact with at school.

It is a valuable personal development opportunity for our students and an excellent way to introduce the Work Related Learning Curriculum. The Day to Work helps students to realise the value of the skills they are learning in the classroom  as well as appreciate how hard their parents work to support them! 

As part of the day the students are asked to complete a comprehensive handbook recording what they learn during the day and assess whether it will have an impact on their future educational and career aspirations. 

The fundamental aims of the day is to introduce the varied and wide skills base behind working life to students and to boost their confidence in practical and social skills.

To read a report on one student's Day to Work click here.

To view the Year 7 Day to Work Employer Guidelines click here.

To download a copy of the Year 7 Day to Work Handbook click here.

To view the Year 7 Day to Work Frequently Asked Questions sheet click here.

To view the letter to families about the Year 7 Day to Work click here.

Sponsored Degree

SponsoredDegree.com is a website dedicated to collating UK degree apprenticeship and sponsored degree opportunities. Some or all of your tuition costs covered by a company, usually with work experience included and a guaranteed job when you graduate. 

Please note there are many sites for sponsored degrees and degree apprenticeships including company sites and Not going to Uni.