KS4 - Careers Action Planning - 4 lessons

These lessons offer a way of helping students understand what is the best way forward in terms of deciding what they want to do when they leave school.

Help students see realistic future career possibilities matched with their own skills and abilities.

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Students research routes of entry and career opportunities using specially designed sheets.

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Students use a subject review process with teaching staff in order to assess their progression and plan ahead.

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An effective careers questionnaire helps students and teaching staff understand what stage they are at in their career planning.

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A number of straightforward tasks are set which are designed to expand the student's career research.

More About Career Action Planning

When your pupils have considered the types of job they would like to progress into, they must research the chosen career to ensure that they have the necessary skills, qualifications or experience.

Lesson 1 – Researching Jobs & Routes of Entry to Careers

An individual activity which is broken down into 3 tasks. This work can be carried out in lesson time of in your school learning resource centre if appropriate.

Lesson 2 – Where am I?

Pupils must now complete a questionnaire about their own experiences and thoughts. Further research work is carried out and areas for further support are identified.

Lesson 3 – Widening the Net

Pupils complete the worksheet which is particularly useful for those with dilemmas such as those who are not sure what they want to do when they leave school, or those who want a professional career but don’t know which A/AS levels they need to study for example.

Lesson 4 – E-portfolios and Interviews

In the last activity, students make a general review of their current progress, match this to their chosen career paths and identify areas that require development.

Vocational Qualifications

These careers research and action planning lessons can be used to support learning outcomes for Preparation for Work Life - Employment Opportunities from AQA. These lessons are also suitable for use with Career Planning, Employability - Career Exploration, Exploring Job Opportunities from ASDAN; Preparing for Employment from City & Guilds; Skills Towards Enabling Progression "Step Up" - Personal Goals from NOCN; Employability Skills- Opportunities from OCR.