The John Bentley School is very pleased to offer all its students an extensive array of resources related to Careers, life choices, Y9, Y11 and Post 18 option choices, finances, University and Gap Years as well as information on having a part time job.
If you need to talk to somebody about your options or careers we will be providing students can access our fully qualified and impartial Careers Adviser, Maria Baker who is based in the careers office in the library. Students can drop in at lunchtimes or ask for a referral from their tutor. Don’t forget your tutors, Heads of Year and subject teachers are a useful resource available to you everyday, so please do ask them too.
Information provided in the careers library is in various formats including easily accessible books, clips leaflets, College prospectuses, University prospectuses, Apprenticeships brochures and magazines. There is also an allocated careers computer available for students to use to browse the many careers resources and websites available.
The library contains information on a range of careers. This includes up to date books & 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 c.v's, complete applications and prepare for interviews. Computer aided packages (JED) can be accessed via Resource Companion (the school’s online careers portal). Students are encouraged to explore these facilities.
An introduction to the careers library
1:1 Careers advice interviews
If you know you want to work in media but not sure in what role, why not go and find out the various jobs there are in that sector?
Everything in the Careers library is easy to find and informative. If you have a career in mind why not go and try to find out how much you might expect to earn for that job?
If you have that entrepreneurial spirit then go and find out how to start your own business
All students and parents have access to the Resource Companion website. They will need the school username and password to log in. Resource Companion is a tool designed to provide both students and parents/carers with the most up to date information and web links related to careers education. It is a reliable and trustworthy resource and removes any uncertainty over using the internet for careers information as all information on here is trusted and approved.
To access up to date and reliable online career resources please use Career Pilot. Students will be introduced to this website in PSHE and will create a user account.
For job ideas and information
www.eclips-online.co.uk see student planner for log in details
www.icould.com Video clips of people talking about their jobs and how they got into them
www.careersbox.co.uk Video clips of real people doing real jobs
www.wygu.com Real people, mentors & job profiling
Year 9 options choices
JBS online library of resources - see student planner for log in details
leaflets 2.01 to 2.13
on options and subjects after Year 9
Options after Year 11
www.resourcecompanion.co.uk JBS online library of resources
leaflets 1.10 'Choices at sixteen'
Click on the Work/Learning Tab for further options
Jobs and Training (16-19)
(Wiltshire College's My Career Online site)
www.sparksite.co.uk go to 'Work/Learning'
Options at 18
Applying to University
www.ukcoursefinder.com Has a questionnaire to help you find the right subject to study
www.push.co.uk Independent guide to UK universities
www.open.ac.uk Open University
Taking a Gap Year
www.lattitude.org.uk Voluntary work overseas
www.statravel.co.uk Student travel
http://www.studentsabroad.com Travelling abroad
www.volunteering.org.uk Volunteering opportunities in UK
www.yini.org.uk A year in Industry
Study and Work Abroad
www.aucc.ca Study in Canada
www.cao.ie Study in Ireland
http://www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus Study in Europe
www.fulbright.co.uk Study in USA
View the latest apprentice opportunities by searching the map below.
In the summer term of Year 10 and Year 12, you are given the opportunity to go on a one week work experience placement. You can choose the field which interests you, or if you are not sure what vocation will suit you, there is plenty of help on hand in the form of Mr Smith, the Work Related Learning Coordinator who can help you research what career will suit your strengths and skills.
We value work experience in both Year 10 and Year 12 and continue to fully fund work experience for all our students, which is not the case for all schools across the country. This is an excellent opportunity for to gain an insight into the world of work and develop your employability skills. Our Work Experience Coordinator, Mr Smith attends assemblies and holds a parent/carer and student evening designed to give a thorough breakdown of the work experience process. Should you have any queries or questions relating to work experience please contact Mr Smith.