Information for Pupils
You will find the Careers team at Northgate in the Careers Suite, which is opposite the main school Library. Here you can browse prospectuses, careers books, look at leaflets, use the computers to research course and career options and speak to a member of the Careers team about your next steps and future plans.
It is in the Careers Suite that your individual Careers Appointments will take place during Years 11, 12 and 13. Mrs Calder and Mrs Cook will be able to talk to you about jobs and careers and explore all the opportunities that you have available to you on leaving school, including sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, employment and volunteering.
Throughout your time at Northgate you will take part in a number of careers and enterprise activities. Highlights for our pupils include our Year 9 options events, work experience and our Enterprise Day in Year 10, college and sixth form open events in Year 11 and university and employer talks, university open days and a Careers and Wellbeing Day in the Sixth Form. Alongside these activities, you will have the opportunity to explore careers and prepare for your next steps through the Careers lessons that are part of the timetable for all pupils in Years 9 through to the Sixth From.
We are always pleased to hear how you think any of the careers and enterprise activities that you have taken part in have gone and whether you think they have been useful to you. By hearing what you have found most beneficial and what you think didn’t work so well, we can make sure that future activities we carry out are even better. Please let Mrs Calder in the Careers Suite or your Form Tutor have any feedback.
We are here to help you prepare for your future after Northgate, so please come and familiarise yourself with the Careers Suite and the resources available to you.
Useful Careers Websites
There are a number of website resources available to you, which you can access in the Careers Suite or at home. These are intended to enable you to research your career and course options independently and do not replace the face-to-face support that you will receive from the careers activities at Northgate.
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – the National Careers Service is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice.
www.careersbox.co.uk – video based job profile information and skills explorer tool.
www.fasttomato.com – an interactive careers website to help with ‘careers matching’ programme to help with career choice (log in for a free guest pass).
www.icanbea.org.uk – lets you explore potential career opportunities across Norfolk & Suffolk, showing you how the organisations and job roles fit into the wider career paths of our region's industries.
www.icould.com – aims to help you to make the most of your potential by showing how others have used theirs, take the ‘Buzz’ personality profile quiz.
www.kudos.cascaid.co.uk – gives you all the information you need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination.
www.mycareerspringboard.org – Springboard is for pupils. It is divided into two main sections: the Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. In tandem, these two interactive tools allow pupils to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – opportunities that exist outside of university.
www.push.co.uk – Push helps pupils make informed decisions about their future after school or college, whether that means employment or higher education.
www.startprofile.com – investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area.
www.thesource.me.uk – The Source provides information and advice for young people in Suffolk, in areas such as learning, work, health, relationships, housing, money, leisure and transport.
www.successatschool.org – gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. Pupils can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profile of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers.
www.apprenticeships.gov.uk – the National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships. It also advertises current vacancies.
www.aimapprenticeships.co.uk – platform focused on making it easy for applicants to find and apply to apprenticeships local to them
www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk – displays current apprenticeship and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and gives career journey advice.
amazingapprenticeships.com – Amazing Apprenticeships has a big mission. Through the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for schools and colleges (ASK) programme they have worked with their partners to support thousands of individuals.
www.colchester.ac.uk – Colchester Institute are a provider of high quality vocational education throughout north Essex. They provide a large number of different courses ranging from full, part-time, apprenticeships and degrees, which can enable you to enter employment straight away or progress onto university.
www.eastonotley.ac.uk – Easton & Otley College is a self-contained campus located 9 miles outside Ipswich; Otley caters for a wide range of vocational courses and Apprenticeships.
www.suffolk.ac.uk – Suffolk New College is a mixed, further education college located in central Ipswich. The college offers secondary and further education courses such as vocational programmes, GCSEs and apprenticeships as well as higher education and leisure learning courses.
www.wsc.ac.uk – West Suffolk College is the third best college in the country and is one of the country's leading Apprenticeship providers.
www.informedchoices.ac.uk – what you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career. Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.
www.ucas.com – information about university courses on offer, also the Stamford test to help with ideas about subjects to study.
www.russellgroup.ac.uk – represents 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices.
www.prospects.ac.uk – find out which areas you could access after a particular degree.
www.whatuni.com – gives you information to help find the right course at the right university for you.
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