Future planning and Careers support at Melksham Oak
- Category: Careers Advice
At Melksham Oak we feel it is very important that our students are able to identify as many career pathways that are open to them as possible, this is to ensure they have the potential to make informed choices and the knowledge to make confident decisions for their future.
We have an onsite full time Careers Support Advisor who offers guidance and advice to all of our students concerning matters such as college and sixth form applications, apprenticeship advice, university guidance, CV preparation and employment opportunities. We have created a strong relationship with local Colleges, which allows us to promote all of the open events and taster days that are available to our students. We frequently invite external speakers and employers into our school from various institutes to help inspire our students to reach their full potential.
As part of our continued Careers support the school offers various events spread throughout the year, the programme of events we offer include:
Year 8 options evenings
Year 9 -13 parents and subject evenings
Sixth Form open events
Annual Trip to NEC Skills Show
Annual Careers Fair
Armed Forces and Wiltshire Police
Every year we visit various education providers, these rips range from HE fairs to campus visits, allowing our students to start thinking about university options from as early as possible.
Annual Careers Fair.
As a result of this we have built up strong relationships with local employers and education providers that are willing to offer guidance and support to help our students reach their goals. The main reasons for the fair are to:
• Introduce our students to and help develop relationships with various careers and educational providers.
• Give students the opportunity to recognise what paths are open to them and allow them to prepare for their desired pathway in advance and fully understand the criteria they need to achieve to be able to move forward.
• Provide our students with the opportunity to develop skills in communication, self-presentation and networking.
Information on UCAS
The Head of Sixth Form leads the UCAS (University Applications) process. Students are given support to log onto the UCAS system, research courses and complete the applications including the personal statements. All applications are thoroughly checked before being sent to UCAS. The sixth form tutors and the career support adviser offer dedicated 1:1 tutorials to work on personal statements and choosing universities and courses. In addition we have a programme of events to visit universities as a whole year group and for small groups of students. We also have events for students and parents with speakers from a range of universities coming to our school to discuss how to choose and apply for a course university, the application process and presentations about funding.
Click link below for some of the careers provisions we offer to all our students, from year 7-13.