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This page contains careers information for students, employers and parents. It also includes links to resources and the latest BSG careers policy. To navigate directly to a section click one of the following links:

Student Information |  Employer Information |  Parent Information |  Alumnae |  Resources


Careers Programme

Our careers education and guidance provision aims to prepare all students for the vast range of opportunities open to them for their future and the changing nature of the world of work. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of themselves, their strengths and skills to assist them in their future choices on leaving school. In line with the government's statutory strategy and Gatsby Benchmarks measures, the careers education and guidance programme is embedded across the departments and delivered both through the PSHE (personal social and health education) and separate careers activities. Impartial guidance interviews are available with our qualified Careers Advisor. For the latest careers policy click here.


Careers Staff

Mrs Nicola Ruby is the Careers Leader. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and is supported by the Senior Leadership Team. Mrs Ruby offers impartial careers and higher education advice and guidance and is available for individual appointments for all years. She works with the PSHE co-ordinator and Head of Sixth Form to devise the careers education throughout the school. For further details please contact nruby@bsg.bournemouth.sch.uk.

Mrs Val Lewis is the work-experience Co-ordinator. She supports students with work experience and is available to offer advice and guidance on finding placements. All students complete two weeks work experience in Year 10. Work experience also forms part of the enrichment opportunities available in sixth form. For further details please contact vlewis@bsg.bournemouth.sch.uk.

Mrs Lesley Ferreti is the named governor for the Careers department. Mrs Ferreti works at Lester Aldridge, a local law firm. She says: " Ensuring that all students make informed decisions and receive the right guidance is vitally important in ensuring they move onto the careers of their choice."


Information for students

Years 7 to 11

Careers education starts from year 7 where students complete activities that help them learn about the wider world. This continues in Year 8. In year 9 students take part in a business project where they learn about setting up a business and the roles involved. They also take part in an employability skills workshop where they learn about work related skills to help prepare them for their year 10 work experience. Students explore their interests and GCSE option choices through PSHE and have the opportunity for individual guidance if appropriate. In Year 10 students complete work experience preparation which includes writing a CV and interview preparation. They have the opportunity to have a mock interview with a local employer to help them prepare for their work experience in the summer term. The annual careers convention in October is open to all students and parents from year 9 upwards. Over 50 organisations including universities and employers attend with talks on a wide range of careers. Whilst the majority of Year 11 move into the Sixth Form, we ensure that we help them explore their post 16 through PSHE. We organise external speakers to help them explore their future opportunities.

The link to the full careers programme for years 7-11 will be available here shortly.

 

Sixth Form

In years 12 & 13 the programme is tailored to informing them of their post 18 choices and preparing them for their next steps. The future planning day allows students to hear from a variety of speakers about their options including a gap year, applying for university, writing personal statements and apprenticeships. Employability talks give them an understanding of the key skills required for university and the world of work. Specialist talks and university visits take place throughout the year including an Oxbridge conference. Interview practice is available from governors and staff to help especially for those applying for Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science. Students are advised to have at least one careers interview to help them explore their options and help them plan their next steps. Our students enter a wide range of opportunities after Sixth Form. For the latest destinations please click here.


Information for Employers

We have developed good links with local employers who play an important role in raising awareness of the changing world of work through the various activities that take place. Students take part in enterprise activities through a Midas project in year 9 and a business breakfast in year 10 where they are able to speak to local employers. Year 10 have a mock interview with an employer prior to their work experience. Employer visits are organised for students to learn about the workplaces and the opportunities for their future.

Work experience takes place both in Year 10 and Sixth Form. In Year 10 this is two weeks in June. We are always keen to hear from employers who are able to offer work experience placements for our students. Please contact Mrs Lewis if you are interested in getting involved: vlewis@bsg.bournemouth.sch.uk


Information for Parents

We understand how important parents are in the careers education process. Each year we hold a post-18 options evening to raise awareness of the variety of options available after sixth form. Parents are welcome to attend the careers interviews and discuss their daughter's career plans at parents evenings. The annual careers convention is a good opportunity for parents to talk to local employers and find out more about the wide variety of career opportunities. The resources section below contains links to a number of websites which you may find useful in helping guide your daughter.


Alumnae

We would like to invite all our past students to become part of our exciting Alumnae community. There is a huge diversity in the career paths of Bournemouth School for Girls alumnae; including politics, law, the arts, education, information technology, medicine, engineering and research. If you would like to be part of the BSG Alumnae community please complete our online alumnae form.

Here are just a few of the many success stories.

 
Tilly Cuttler
Tilly Cuttler: Apprentice at JP Morgan
Olivia Knight
Olivia Knight: Department for International Trade
Natasha Nichols
Natasha Nichols: Apprentice at Superior Seals
Tilly left BSG in 2017 to start an apprenticeship in Financial Services at JP Morgan. Whilst completing this she has had a remarkable impact in raising awareness about apprenticeships and been nominated for a national award. She has gone on to to complete her apprenticeship with distinction and has now secured a permanent role within JP Morgan. Read the article
Olivia left BSG in 2013, graduating with a First Class Law degree. In 2017, Olivia completed a brief internship at Rt Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP's Parliamentary office. Olivia then completed an MA in Applied Security and Strategy. Olivia now works at the Department of International Trade as Policy Advisor, focusing on developing the UK's independent trade policy.
Natasha left BSG in 2017 to join Superior Seals and their degree apprenticeship programme. As part of this programme she is working towards a Chemistry degree at Southampton University. She has been awarded 'The South West Engineering Rising Star' award and is now in the final for a this national award, a fantastic achievement. Read the article

Resources

General careers

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Information, advice and guidance on learning and work opportunities. Call 0800 900 100.

https://amazingapprenticeships.com
Information on the different apprenticeships including a parent pack.

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
Information on alternatives to higher education.

https://www.unifrog.org
Unifrog is a careers platform for students in years 9-13 where they can research their pathways and career ideas. They can also use it to submit their university applications. Each student has been assigned a form code which they can use to create an account.

 

University choices

http://www.ucas.ac.uk
Information on applying to university and course search.

https://www.ukcoursefinder.com
An online questionnaire linking interests to degree subject areas.

https://discoveruni.gov.uk
Compare different universities and courses.

https://university.which.co.uk
Search and compare course using different criteria.

 

Specialist Areas

http://www.fulbright.org.uk
Information on studying in the USA.

https://www.astarfuture.co.uk
Information on studying abroad.

https://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk
Summer school at Oxford University.

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/summer-schools
Cambridge University Summer Schools.

https://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry
Professional placements working in industry.

https://www.medicspot.co.uk/grant
Medicspot Innovation Grant. Grants for student doctors, pharmacists and healthcare professionals.

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