20 Apr 2019
The Careers Centre is an integral resource to help students understand and explore their future options and to make strong applications for college, university, jobs and apprenticeships.
It is staffed by one School Careers Adviser (Ms Sarah Comerford) and a Work Experience Co-ordinator (Mrs M Rees). The School Careers Adviser attends parents’ evenings and open evenings to talk to parents and carers and is very happy to make individual appointments outside of these times. In order to make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Centre Opening Hours
|Monday||8.45 - 3.30|
|Tuesday||8.30 - 3.30|
|Wednesday||8.45 - 3.30|
|Thursday||8.30 - 3.30|
|Friday||8.30 - 3.30|
The Careers Centre is open every day before and after school and during all breaks in term time and at important times during the holidays (for example GCSE and A Level results days). Drop in for help from a Careers Advisor or email for an appointment: email@example.com or phone 0208 747 0031 extension 2012.
Our Work Experience Coordinator, Ms Rees is also on hand to help you look for a work placement. She maintains a database of work placement opportunities offered by local employers. For own found placements please complete and return the work experience details and permission forms. Contact Ms Rees by email firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Careers Centre.
The Careers Centre publishes a range of Guides and Factsheets to support students with university applications and employability. These include: Jobseeking for Students, Oxbridge Applications factsheet, and UCAS Tariffs.
Hard copy versions of all guides are available from the Careers Centre which also houses a (paper based) reference library, college and 6th form prospectuses, networked computers, copiers and printers for careers research and job applications.
During the past year students have come to the Careers Centre to:
- Write or tidy up a CV
- Research and apply for a college or sixth form
- Explore apprenticeship vacancies / apply for an apprenticeship
- Make an online job application
- Use a job search website
- Take a personality test to find a suitable career
- Discuss and decide on some career options
- Establish the ‘routes in’ for a chosen career
- Explore universities; their courses and requirements
- Write a Personal Statement for the UCAS (university) application
- Check that a UCAS (university application) online form is correct
- Apply for Student Finance (grants and loans whilst at university)
- Explore and apply for school leaver schemes aimed at students with A Levels
- Find a work placement or internship
- Prepare for a job or university interview
- Have a general chat about future plans
Please click on the document links below to view our CIAG Overview, Careers Policy and Careers Plan for 2018-19.
Please click on the expandable sections below for further information on careers programmes and guidance.
Future Focus – Careers and Employability Programme
In addition to a range of assemblies, careers lessons, visits and activities, all students follow the Future Focus Programme during Years 9, 10 and 11. Please click on the link below for more information about Future Focus.
Further Focus – Careers and Employability Programme
Please click on the document link below for more information about Further Focus.
Fast Tomato - Online Careers Portal
The Fast Tomato online careers portal is available to any Chiswick School student. Use this website to take a personality test and find which careers suit you. You can research your future career and the routes into it. You will need a user name and password. If you haven't been given one during PHSCE lessons or if you have mislaid the one you were given, please contact email@example.com or visit the school Careers Centre.
Apprenticeships can be a great alternative to sixth form or university. The best website to research and find an apprenticeships is the Government website. Alternatively visit Ms Comerford in the Careers Centre for 'one to one' help to find an apprenticeship that suits you.