Careers Advice and Guidance
With the rise in tuition fees and the current uncertainty in the employment market, Sixth formers are looking for the best opportunities to maximise their options.
Here at Ashton on Mersey School Sixth Form, students are given the opportunities to developed skills that should enable them to making informed choices about their future.
Mrs Evelyn Eyong, the School Careers Adviser offers individual careers guidance appointments helping students explore their career ideas and choose a pathway after sixth form. This includes guidance on choice of degree subjects or apprenticeships. She holds weekly lunchtime drop-in session every Monday in the i-site, where students can call in to discuss any issues without an appointment.
Advice and support is also readily available for students, through the Assistant Principal, Head of Learning, Form teachers and Student Support Manager.
Support on offer to students includes:
- Applying to university
- Full time employment
- Higher Apprenticeships
- Gap Year
- A Year in Industry, then on to university
Apprenticeship and Employment
Ashton on Mersey Sixth Form is sometimes notified of vacancies from local companies which are usually on display on the vacancy board in the Common Room. Students are encouraged to be proactive in their job search looking for vacancies on Job websites and the local Job centres. Searching for a Job is a full time job in itself and students should cast their nets far and wide and really prepare particularly in this very tough economic climate.
At Ashton on Mersey Sixth Form the careers team can help students increase their chances by
- Organising work shadowing placements and voluntary work
- Helping students to Individual tailor their Job search
- Helping students with their Application forms and letters of application
- Helping students to Write a CV
Useful Websites that will help jobseekers
Other Job Websites
The following are just some of the many commercial job search websites. They carry vacancies for thousands of jobs in the UK and, sometimes, overseas. You can post your CV on many of these websites.
The i-site contains information on a range of careers. This includes up-to-date books and magazines and guides offering support for Higher and Further Education choices and offer advice on UCAS applications.
Other books provide information on GAP year opportunities, student funding, apprenticeships and CV writing. There is information on how to apply for jobs, create CV’s, complete applications and prepare for interviews.
Computer aided packages (Higher Ideas, Kudos etc.) can be accessed on the school computers and at home via MOODLE. Students are encouraged to explore these facilities.
Mrs Linda Dean, Learning Resource Manager, is available in the i-site for help and resources support.