Aspire, Achieve, Excel – Resources for each step of the journey

First Steps – Aspire

Our most successful students–those who achieve the best exam grades and go to the best careers–usually share the same key behaviours. They are not necessarily the cleverest, but rather those who (a) do their homework, (b) attempt the challenge tasks their teachers set during lessons and (c) set themselves a careers ambition, even if they might not stick to it.

Mr Phillips, for example, at the age of 13, set himself the target of becoming a solicitor. He worked with his school’s careers team to ensure he knew what he had to do to achieve this, got the grades, got onto the course and even qualified as a solicitor before deciding he wanted to change careers and become a teacher. Yes, of course his new plan meant some retraining, however he was still able to achieve his new goal, and all because he had set that original target and made sure he got the grades to achieve it.

The following websites have useful tools and quizzes to help you identify your future career steps.

https://www.ucas.com/careers-advice

https://careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors

In addition, during your time with us here at Hoo, you will get the chance to have at least one interview with a careers advisor before the end of Year 11, and another by the end of Year 13.

Next Steps – Achieve

Once you know what you want to do, we are here to help you reach that aim.

The Leigh Academies Trust provides some terrific resources here:

https://latengagement.org.uk/

In addition, we offer Futures evenings whenever our students face academic choices, but we also urge our students to take control of their own destinies.

Careers education is built into each of our subjects and teachers make links between their curriculum and the world of work.

Final Steps – Excel

Throughout their time at Hoo, we ensure that our students have meaningful encounters with employers and employees, as well as sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers.

Meanwhile, our Hoo Aspire programme provides students with opportunities to encounter those who work in different fields, while our regular Year 10 and Year 12 work experience programmes allow students to experience first hand the world of work.