We want to support all our students to better understand different qualifications, career pathways and the world of work and to gain independence in making decisions about their future. To do this, we help students learn where they can find impartial, accurate careers information and how to use this information to help them decide what pathways might be best for them.

We are extremely keen for students, parents and carers to use us for support but also to show an interest in researching career information in their own time – to help with this, we have provided the following links below to help you get started!

Careers

Free careers software that students can use at home and school to explore how their skills and interests can lead them to different job roles and suggested career pathways. Mr. Webb will give you more information about this later in the year!

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The Buzz Quiz is a fun way of finding out how your personality and interests link to different careers. There are also lots of videos from people in different job roles to watch and learn from!

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Regional careers website with lots of useful information about the local job market – also links directly to the job profiles on the National Careers Service website!

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Information and advice for all students, whatever stage of school they are at, including tips and articles about GCSEs, A-levels, college, apprenticeships, university and work!

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Job Profiles

Containing over 400 extremely detailed job profiles linked to a variety of career areas, all written by qualified careers advisers or people already working in these industries.

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Over 800 profiles on careers from Architect to Zoologist, including useful information on what the work would be like, what pay you could expect and what skills and qualifications you might need to get into these job roles.

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Online tool that helps you to see what new jobs are being created that match your skills, interests and the subjects that you study in school.

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Courses

A national search engine that can help you find courses and apprenticeships in your local area and around the whole of the UK.

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Easy-to-use website with information about all of the different courses available at post-16 and beyond, from Accounting to Photography!

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Information for Leeds young people about learning, training and employment opportunities.

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Free online courses that anyone can sign up to, from top universities and specialist training providers – they have everything from First Aid to Building Design!

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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Website breaking down the different options available to students that aren’t interested in going to university and how they can find these opportunities.

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Government website for guidance on all apprenticeship vacancies and applications.

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All you ever need to know about apprenticeships, including what they are, how they work and how to find them.

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Volunteering

National volunteering organisation where individuals can search for opportunities in their area (some roles may require students to be 16+ or 18+).

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Volunteering charity that helps connect young people aged 14-25 with volunteering opportunities in their area.

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Website for Voluntary Action Leeds that gives information on how people in Leeds can get involved with supporting community and charity projects in their local area.

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Voluntary government programme for 15-17 year-olds that combines outdoor activities and adventure with volunteering on community projects.

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Jobs

The UK’s biggest job search engine – can be used to find part-time, temporary and permanent jobs and even Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

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Student job site providing details about up-to-date part-time, temporary, full-time and seasonal jobs for students in all areas around the UK.

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Fantastic resources to help students with everything to do with employability, from managing their money to writing a CV and preparing for a job interview.

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A dedicated search engine that lets you look for traineeships, apprenticeships and jobs using your postcode or career areas you are interested in.

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University

Interactive game from Kings College, London that helps students and parents learn more about university life, finance and career options.

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Independent university comparison website, with information, tips and advice from current and former university students about what university is like.

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Partnership of local Higher Education providers – the website contains lots of useful information about the benefits of going to university.

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Options

A one-stop shop for information on all of the important transition periods in education, including GCSE Options, post-16 and post-18 choices

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Future Proofing

School is all about helping you to prepare for your future life and this does not just mean what type of job you are going to be doing! Here at The Rust Gorse Academy, we also run careers lessons, assemblies, PD sessions and extra-curricular activities to help you think about:

Living in the Future

Managing your Money

Knowing your Rights at Work

Working Relationships

Work-Life Balance

Changing the World of Work

How to Spot Fake News

Not everything that you read on the internet will always be 100% accurate! Use the tips below from IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) to help you work out what careers information can be trusted and what is just ‘Fake News’!

Consider the Source

Where is the information coming from? A well-known organisation or one person blogging their opinion online?

Supporting Sources?

Can you find the same information on another website or source? Does anyone else agree with the information on this website?

Check the Date

Can you find the same information on another website or source? Does anyone else agree with the information on this website?

Is it a Joke?

Did you hear that they are paying people £500,000 a year to test ice cream? If it sounds too good to be true, make sure you check that it’s real!

Read Beyond

So you like the fact that a starting salary for a Solicitor can be up to £40,000 a year? Brilliant, now find out more, such as what the job is actually like and what qualifications you need, so you have the full picture.

Check the Author

Does the person providing the information have a reason to tell you what they are telling you? For example, someone who has been to university may be more positive about selling the experience than someone who hasn’t!

Check Your Biases

It’s easy to stick with what you know – don’t like the idea of doing an apprenticeship or going to university? Find out whether what you think you know about these options is true before you make your mind up!

Ask the Experts

There is always support available for you here at TRGA to talk through any careers information, so don’t panic! Come and see Mr. Webb in Room 203 or speak with your teachers and pastoral staff, who can all help you to evaluate different sources of information if you are confused!