Careers Guidance

Highfields encourages its students to look ahead to life after school to ensure they make the right choices, whether that be further education, an apprenticeship or employment.

As well as providing students with the academic foundation to succeed, we pride ourselves on the opportunities we give them to fully prepare them for their future.

Students get the chance to visit universities to get experience of life in higher education whilst, for the past two years, the school has been proud to host Jaguar Land Rover’s prestigious careers roadshow, aimed at providing students and visitors with knowledge and guidance to succeed in a career in engineering. The school also regularly welcomes a number of special guest speakers and businesspeople to inspire students with their own success stories, including writer Satnam Sanghera, soul singer - and former pupil - Beverley Knight and Poundland founder, Steve Smith.

Trips and activities are organised by individual departments to give our students a better insight into particular careers, such as visits to the Houses of Parliament for students interested in pursuing a career in politics or trips to the theatre and visits from musicians to inspire students hoping for a future in performing arts. Our annual work experience programme also provides all Year 11 students with invaluable hands-on experience of a career they are interested in.

Useful links    

Careers advice for all stages:               

NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE: Provided by the Government as a central service, which includes 8,000 job profiles with an in-built choices survey, a skills and qualities health check, a function to identify local training opportunities and advice including CV writing

PLOTR: A careers search engine with a built-in game to help select relevant careers, which includes a skills and CV builder particularly useful for WEX, Year 11 and College/Apprenticeship applications as well as advice on how to access certain careers

CAREER BOX: Includes unique video clips about individual careers and how to access them, regular updates to refresh content and build a careers library and a membership function to save 'favourite' careers

I CLOUD: Features video clips of a range of different career options as well as the 'Buzz Quiz' which helps users identify key skills and attributes and then the job roles best suited to them

POST 16 and POST 18:

UCAS: Featuring hundreds of helpful articles, videos and blogs to prepare students for life after school, college or sixth form, including choosing the right university and course, entry requirements, writing personal statements and apprenticeships 

PURE POTENTIAL: Includes information about choosing the right university and course as well as advice on personal statements and finance and making the most of WEX Post 16

PROSPECTS:  Provides support for students applying for university, how to put together an application letter and interview tips. Also includes a careers quiz which is then linked to a job plotter

OPEN DAYS: A search engine for University and College open days and what they have to offer

UNI STATS: A comparison of University performance by subject and other key indicators

 

How to apply for an apprenticeship

You can register for an account and search for the majority of apprenticeships on the following site: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Local Council Websites will also post apprenticeship opportunities throughout the academic year, so keep a look out on the website links listed below:

Wolverhampton Council: Apprentice opportunities and job vacancies within the local authority

wmjobs: Apprentice and job opportunities within the West Midlands