Our careers provision at Future Academies Watford is designed to give as much information, advice and guidance as possible.
All staff at the school are here to help you. It is crucial that you discuss your future with people who will be able to give you good, sound advice based on up-to-date information. You might ask your parents / family members, teachers, Form Tutor, Head of Year, or the Careers Leader.
Every student in the academy will be given a log-in to the Unifrog careers and destinations platform. There is a lot of information on careers, college, sixth form, university, and apprenticeships on Unifrog, so this would be a great first port of call when looking to explore your careers decisions.
If you would like to book in for a 1:1 Careers information, advice and guidance session with our Careers Leader, please email Mrs King firstname.lastname@example.org from your school email address and give your name, year group, form and why you would like to book the session. Go to Sign In - Unifrog to sign in to Unifrog.
Volunteering is an excellent way to boost your CV or UCAS application and gain valuable experience of the workplace. Volunteering is also a great way to give back to your local community. Here are a few ideas to get started:
- Ask your Form Tutor or Head of Year if there are any roles or clubs you can join in the Academy.
- If you have your own idea for a new extra-curricular club, speak to your Head of Year or Mrs King.
- Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust welcomes volunteers of all ages and for a variety of different projects. Volunteering | Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (hertswildlifetrust.org.uk)
- Watford & Three Rivers Trust has an online Volunteering Hub. W3RT | Volunteering Hub
- Think about joining a local Leavesden Green Cadet Force.
At key points in your educational career, you will also receive guidance and support. These are usually during year 9, to explore your GCSE options; year 10 to start thinking about next steps; and in year 11 to discuss your post-16 education choices. Those students in our Sixth Form will also receive guidance and support for when they leave Future Academies Watford at 18.
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We promote opportunities offered by universities and other organisations throughout the year through our enrichment newsletter. These will include opportunities for students across all age groups, so we encourage students to be involved and take an active part in shaping their future studies.
Former Future Academies Watford students will have had a wide range of new experiences since leaving us - now you could share your knowledge and skills with our current students to help them on their career paths. Our Careers Team are always on the lookout for alumni volunteers to help support our current students via the Academy's Careers Programme.
Ways to support our Careers Programme:
- Be part of our Mock interviews with students and help them structure their CVs
- Get involved in extracurricular clubs and activities
- Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role
- Provide a coaching/mentoring service through a structured programme
- Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise
- Be part of our discussions about pathways after school, e.g., apprenticeships
- Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the workplace around gender stereotyping, disability etc.
- Help bring a subject lesson to life by linking it to your industry
- Offer a work experience placement for students at your business premises
- Become an ambassador supporting employment routes for young people with special educational needs and disabilities and offer a work experience placement that is co-supported by the school
We are actively looking to grow our alumni network. Please do get in touch if you want to reconnect with the school by supporting our Careers Programme.