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Careers Guidance

Choosing a direction in life can be one of the most challenging and confusing things we can do at any age! However there is a pressure placed upon young people, throughout their Secondary education, to have an idea of where they want to go with their future based on the subject choices they make. We want to relieve some of that pressure on our students by helping them to feel empowered and informed about their options for the future. 

All students at Oasis Academy Enfield receive Careers information and advice.  Our Oasis Life Days include dedicated sessions on careers advice and guidance that is tailored fto each year group with activities that range from what a career is, motivations and careers paths and building a CV.

We also hold an annual careers fair where we invite a range of different professionals and businesses into the academy for the day to inform and inspire our students on career decisions. 

 

Year 7 to 11

When students are choosing their KS4 pathways towards the end of Year 8 their Learning Guides, Head of Year and Subject teachers are there to advise them and their parents, so each student makes an informed choice about their future studies at our options evening event.

KS4 and KS5 students receive a ‘one-to-one’ careers interview with an experienced Careers Advisor from Enfield Careers Services, to ensure they students are fully aware of all the options open to them and then create an action plan of their next steps.  Our careers advisors are also available twice a week for ‘Drop In’ careers sessions in the library 3.30pm-4.30pm. 

All Year 11 students are informed of the opportunities available to them and supported in their applications to Sixth Form, College, Apprenticeships by their Learning Guides and Heads of Year.

Careers guidance on offer to students is reviewed at the start of each academic year, with appropriate changes made in conjunction with DfE Guidance as well as student feedback to measure impact and usefulness.

 

Year 12 and 13

At Oasis Sixth Form we ensure students are supported throughout their time at sixth form, we work with a wide range of partners to ensure students are given opportunities at universities, have experience of the world of work and meet professionals and are supported academically.

We work closely with the Access Project to provide personalised university application support as well as information sessions and personal tutoring from experts in a range of subjects. This has shown to have had a direct impact in raising student’s attainment.

We partner with Future Frontiers to offer sixth formers information, skills, and mind-set to realise their career aspirations and maintain the motivation to achieve their full potential. The aim is to create long term engagement at school by developing pupils' aspirations and build practical connections to their education. In 2017 students were mentored by employees from top law firm Ashurst.

A significant number of our students are invited to attend university Easter and Summer Schools during the holidays which provides them with a valuable university experience.  A significant amount of students participate in yearlong university wider participation schemes such as SOAS Scholars, K+, Goldsmiths, LSE Pathways to Law and Queen Mary Pathways to Coding.

Our annual Higher Education Fair hosts over thirty top universities, and is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain advice and information so that they are able to make informed choices about their future.

In addition to this the Academy works with a variety of external organisations to provide specialist career and subject guidance including Medicine, Dentistry and Mathematics Summer Schools, Law workshops, Oxbridge conferences, Apprenticeship fairs, Safe Driving guidance and International Gap Year scholarships. Many of the students on these programmes go on to receive places at Russel Group and Top 40 universities.

 

Work Experience

The Academy supports students in developing their skills, knowledge and experience in preparation for their chosen career through a variety of projects.

In the summer term of Year 12 students complete a two week work placement to gain practical experience of their chosen career. Preparation for university and employment is an integral part of Oasis Sixth Form.  Employability or work-readiness is becoming more and more important to universities and employers and work experience can give a valuable advantage when applying for university or work. 

Support and advice will be given to students when finding a place to do their work experience, and through a visit to their workplace during this time. Previous work experience placements have included: KPMG, Barclays, ExCel Centre, London City Airport, Brunel Museum, Maritime Museum, Coffee Shops, Restaurants, EPLS Design, NHS, Vets and Hearst publications to name some.

 

Advice and Guidance

Our Oasis Life Days is dedicated to careers advice and guidance that is tailored for each year group with activities that range from what a career is, motivations and careers paths and building a CV.

Oasis Academy Enfield also holds an annual careers fair where we invite a range of different professionals and businesses into the academy for the day to inform and inspire our students on career decisions.

When students are choosing their KS4 pathways towards the end of Year 8 their Learning Guides, Head of Year and Subject teachers are there to advise them and their parents, so each student makes an informed choice about their future studies at our options evening event.

KS4 and KS5 students receive an hour ‘one-to-one’ careers interview with an experienced Careers Advisor from Enfield Careers services, to ensure that students are fully aware of all the options open to them and then create an action plan of their next steps. Our careers advisors are also available twice a week for ‘Drop In’ careers sessions in the library 3.30pm-4.30pm.

All Year 11 and year 13 students are informed of the opportunities available to them and supported in their applications to Sixth Form, College, Apprenticeships and the UCAS process through their Learning Guides and Heads of Year.

Careers guidance on offer to students is reviewed at the start of each academic year, with appropriate changes made in conjunction with DfE Guidance as well as student feedback to measure impact and usefulness.