Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Careers

Academic Year 2017/2018

Head of Department:
Miss M Flannelly

Teaching Staff:
Mrs S Mellon
Mrs T Loughrey
Mrs L McBride

The aim of Careers Education in the school is to help pupils acquire the skills, attitudes and values which will enable them to identify their talents and to use them to select a fulfilling and worthwhile career.

Through a systematic and on-going programme of careers education pupils develop:
• knowledge and understanding of themselves and others as individuals.
• knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live, the career opportunities available and the routes of entry to them.
• the skills and personal qualities needed to manage their career development, including the ability to make considered choices, formulate and implement career plans and cope with the transition from school to higher education and adult life.

Year 8 students participate in the Your School Your Business Programme run by Young Enterprise.  The aim of the program is to foster in the students a sense of business and enterprise awareness.

Year 9 students participate in the YE9 Programme which is an Entrepreneurship Masterclass during which real-life entrepreneurs share their experience with pupils.

Formal careers guidance begins in Year 10 when pupils select their subjects for GCSE. The Careers teachers, parents, subject and form teachers are all involved in assisting the pupils to assess their ability in particular subjects and to see the implication of subject choices on subsequent career opportunities. The Head of Careers visits the class groups and also offers individual counselling. Pupils participate in the Young Enterprise programme ‘Young Business’.

In Years 11 and 12 pupils have timetabled careers classes – one period every fortnight. They are given an understanding of the world of work – the structure of industry and commerce, employment trends and the patterns of training. Pupils are actively involved in decision making either in the context of A/AS level subject choices or in selecting Further Education courses and are interviewed by the Careers Officer Mr S. Webb. Year 11 students take part in the 'Learn to Earn' programme delivered by Young Enterprise and Year 12 students participate in a Success Skills Day in the Spring term. One member of the Careers department has particular responsibility for the ‘Early School Leaver’ (those who transfer after GCSE).

In Years 13 and 14, Careers is taught in small groups in timetabled careers classes of one period every two weeks. Careers staff are also available for individual consultation. Extensive use is made of IT resources including University and Further Education websites.  Application to University is made on-line using the UCAS Apply System. Contact with employers, representatives from Higher Education and from other relevant agencies is provided by visiting speakers, through attendance at University Open Days and through the Work Experience programme.

In the Autumn term, Trial Interviews are arranged for Year 14 pupils during which each student is interviewed by a panel of professional people. The strong links we maintain with former students in the professions and in universities are of considerable benefit to our present students.

Post-A level counselling is available in the school after A Level and GCSE results are received in August. With website access to the vacancy list for Universities and Colleges of Higher Education and information on local universities, we offer our students prompt and up-to-date information and guidance on getting placed.

The College has a Careers Suite with a well-equipped, up-to-date Careers library and resource centre.