Careers advice at Ricards

Choosing what to do with your life is not something you should leave to chance. Everyone needs a bit of help with decision-making. Read on to find out how you can help your daughter get the help and support she needs.

There are many Websites to explore: A range of job profile video clips.  This website has over 300 job profiles, a film club and a job delivery service.

Get information about the local labour market, local opportunities, how to apply for them and the support you can get with learning costs and transport. Find out where to get information, advice and guidance to help you choose well. You can find your prospectus by visiting  –  putting in your postcode and following the links.

Check the information you find before you use it

Getting information is step one. Step two is to check it before you use it. This is especially important if you use a search engine or a social networking service to find information. Make sure that the information you have is trustworthy, unbiased, accurate and up to date.


Year 7 – Who am I?

Self Development – I know how to identify my strengths and weaknesses

Students are encouraged to consider the skills they have and those that they may need to develop further. They also look at what makes them the person that they are. There is also an emphasis on encouraging students to keep a balanced approach between the increased demands on their time and encouraging them to recognise the importance of goal-directed behaviour, optimistic thinking and taking responsibility for their own success and mistakes in reaching their goals.

They will also have the chance to reflect on achievements, strengths and areas for development at the end of their first year at Ricards. They begin developing their own career plans and CV’s in Year 7 – they reflect and build on this as they progress through each year.

We also arrange for our students to have some contact with a local Higher Education Institutions.

Year 8 – I understand what is out there for me

Career exploration – Investigate and assess their needs, interests, skills, attitudes and aspirations in relation to options for learning and work

We start by identifying barriers to a goal and then help the students identify strategies to overcome them and what they might need to change in terms of their learning and behaviour to reach their long term goals. It also requires students to reflect on the personal qualities they have but also the personal qualities others have that they admire.

Students go on to reflect on their personal skills and consider how they can be utilized in the work place. Students start to identify the difference between job, occupation and career. Students also become more confident in their use of work related language and are able to demonstrate an understanding of the economic and business environment, including how and why different businesses operate, and of different types of work, including employment, self-employment and voluntary work. Students also use different online information sources to explore options and choices for learning and work. Students will also consider the relationship between dreams, income and reality.

Departments are also encouraged to invite in speakers from local industries to promote the diverse nature of London’s labour market

Year 9 – How will my options help me reach my career goals?

Career Management – Make and adjust plans to manage change and transition.

We help students identify their own skills, qualities and attributes and they are provided with an opportunity to consider their own aspirations, values and expectations of future learning and career pathways. Students are given help in making decisions and should be able to work out who can help them make the right option choices. They will be able to understand why qualifications are important and be able to identify the different levels of qualifications in this country and where these can be obtained focusing on Training, Further Education & Higher education They will also begin to challenge stereotypical views on opportunities in learning and work and be able to reject these stereotypes if they wish. Students will also consider earnings and consider how much they might earn in the future. Students will also investigate our local labour markets and the career options available to them in London.

Our Impartial Careers adviser conducts individual and group careers interviews with all our Year 9 students


Careers companion a one stop for careers advice

careers companion

To access this excellent resource please visit the careers page on frog for login details.

Further Information

Where to look for Further Information

Your daughter’s future – A careers toolkit for parents – Interested in an apprenticeship  – Government guidelines UCAS  – Directory of all higher education courses available atUK universities and colleges how to apply and other frequently asked questions on undergraduate study  – Allows you to compare universities and subject choices – so you can see for yourself that subjects matter more than institutions  – information on all post-16 options inLondon, careers, CV building, careers matching quiz, career pathway planning   –   More information and advice on student finance, including a calculator which can help students find out what financial support they are likely to get   – National Careers Service website. You also can have access to an adviser by phone, text, email or live web chat, seven days a week 8am-10pm. – lots of great videos about people in different careers  – careers advice and information – career inspiration and preparation – Details of the 16 – 19 Bursary – Student finance for higher education – Open days in West London and beyond – Volunteering for young people – Offers a range of support, including help with starting your own business and local, personal development programmes.


Year 10 – I know what I am doing after KS4?

Career management and career exploration – Investigate opportunities in work and learning and make and adjust plans to manage transition.

Students will be given guidance on making decisions about post 16 options and are given advice on who can help them make the right choices.  Students are also asked to consider where they would like to continue their studies and what they need to do to prepare for this. Finally students are asked to consider how employment trends and opportunities are influenced by economic forces and consider what impact these might have on their own career plans.

Students have an ICT lesson on ‘UCAS progress’ to help students find out about courses in their area and Careers cape which helps them build their CV’s.

Our Impartial Careers adviser conducts exploratory group careers interviews with all our Year 10 students


Year 11 – I know where I am going and I have a backup plan.

Outcomes: Career management – make and adjust plans to manage transition.

To help keep the students remain focused on the application process for KS5 a package of resources has been produced for tutor times.

We also focus on presentation skills supporting students with writing application forms, Making Phone Calls, CV’s and all students receive a Mock Interview


Year 12 – Futures

Careers Exploration and management – Investigate learning opportunities and make and adjust plans to manage transition.

The focus in the Autumn Term is on asking students to consider what they need to do to succeed at RR6 and helping them to develop their independent study skills.  They are also introduced to work shadowing and asked to consider future careers implications of their subject choices. We also look at Career Stereotypes. Enrichment Day 1: Study skills and Independent learning

In the spring term students explore what the next step is post 18. They are asked to complete an action plan, review subjects and their career paths. They are provided with time to explore different university and are encouraged to attend open days. All students attend the UCAS HE Fair. Enrichment Day 2:  Futures Day

In the summer term students consider how they can create the right impression on work experience; they start to develop and write their personal statements and are guided on the UCAS login process Enrichment day 3: UCAS applications/ Personal Statements

Work shadowing provides students with a valuable opportunity to sample a career in which they are interested in.  Students are asked to find their own placements with help from teaching and careers staff.

Level 2 students also receive additional support in helping them to prepare for their transition onto Level 3 courses.


Year 13 – I have a clear plan for the future and a backup plan.

Careers Exploration and management – Investigate learning opportunities and make and adjust plans to manage transition.

What we do already:

In the autumn term students are required to reflect on work experience and linking learning’s to personal statements and Application forms. They are given support with interview skills. We then focus on developing their life skills on issues such as healthy diet, living away from home and budgeting.

Emma Day our UCAS adviser runs 1:1 careers interviews

In the spring term students are provided with advice on what’s happening with their UCAS applications and provided with advice on how to cope with rejection. Enrichment Day 5: Student Finance

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