Careers Guidance

The choice of career is one of the most important decisions for a student and we provide a comprehensive, up to-date careers education and guidance programme. The process begins in the Spring Term of Year 9 when pupils complete a careers module and are counselled about their GCSE options.

In Year 10 the process continues with careers education as part of the Skills for Life course and they have the chance to test their interpersonal skills through a series of mock interviews with local employers. The following year they spend two weeks on work experience in a wide variety of local placements. Independent Advice and Guidance is provided through an external consultant working with students at both Key Stages.

At The FitzWimarc School we take our commitment to independent careers advice very seriously. To this end we employ an independent careers advisor, Mrs Wendy Hindes who runs Rayleigh Career Guidance Company Limited. Mrs Hindes says, ‘I have had had the good fortune to be the Career Guidance Advisor at FitzWimarc School for the past 11 years.  Initially as a Connexions Advisor, and then when this service was cut by the local authority, I formed my own company, as there is a statutory requirement for impartial and independent career guidance in secondary schools.  I understand the concerns that students have about their futures and endeavour to help them through the process.  Equally I am aware that for many parents the changes that are happening in further education/apprenticeships/work based learning can be mind boggling and I am more than happy to assist them through what can be a very stressful time.  Careers Information Advice & Guidance (IAG) is essential in assisting students to make informed decisions about their post 14 – GCSE options and post 16 choices, which can include moving on to Further Education at either a 6th Form or College, work based learning or an apprenticeship.

The Qualification framework and pathways that lead on from them can prove to be a minefield to the uninitiated.  Talking through options in an impartial, but personalised manner can benefit the student immensely.

With the provision of high quality IAG, students can make the right choices about their future.  IAG can also make a major contribution to their personal development, preparing them for future learning and employment opportunities.  Students need to develop a range of skills to help them cope with the changing world of work and new technologies.  IAG can help with:

· Raising aspiration and increasing motivation

· Making appropriate decisions

· Relating knowledge and skills reviewing achievement and setting targets

· Adapting to change and making transition.’

Essex County Council's guidance for Year 11 School Leavers can be found here.

View our Post-16 Options evening presentation here.



Mrs Hindes may be contacted via the school as part of our service or directly via her company e-mail:

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