Careers Advice

Year 12 Morrisby Assessments

Before the holiday, Year 12 students had this letter emailed to them about the Morrisby careers assessment, asking them to register online. This is a psychometric test, and an hour’s individual feedback, helping students to find out what careers they are best suited to, and what kind of university courses these involve. The date of the assessment is actually 25 Jan (not 24 as the original letter said). Morrisby is free for students who are on the Sixth Form bursary, and the deadline for bursary forms is 18 Jan. Otherwise it costs £99. All bookings to be made online by 20 Jan. Any queries about how useful it might be, costs or how to register, email Dr Watson at assessment was successfully offered to Year 11 students last term, and 20 students benefited from it, giving the whole process very positive feedback.If any further Year 11 students would like to take the assessment alongside Year 12, they should discuss it with Dr Watson.


Looking Ahead – OSA Careers provision

Oxford Spires Academy offers a huge number of opportunities throughout the year, designed to help students think ahead and plan for future careers. Here are just a few things that happen for each year group:
Year 7 begin the year with seminars and workshops looking at Success and Ambition. Some students have individual interviews with our Aim Higher Co-ordinator, Ms Deliah Wilkinson, and all look at approaches to homework at this early stage, with INTO University, as this key for their future success.
In Year 8, there are lots of assemblies and there is tutor work to help them think about GCSE options. The Decision Challenge and early work on career goals helps students at this stage to think ahead. Next year, both Year 7 and 8 students will be offered a session after school in February with Dr Watson, Head of Sixth Form, to learn more about universities – what they are exactly, and why studying there might be a good idea for many students.
Year 9 students have Careersfest and some students visit the University of Oxford to find out more. A group go to Bucks New University for their Passport Day, and others on an Oxford Brookes residential course looking ahead to university. Some will begin to meet with the school’s careers advisor for personalised target setting.
By Year 10, there are more of these interviews with the careers advisor, and all students go on their Work Experience placement. A ‘What Now?’ assembly asks them to think about how this might fit into their preparation for the future. Sessions on leadership and on communication, and another Passport Day at Oxford Brookes, add to the offering in this important year as GCSEs approach. Both Year 9 and 10 in September next year will be invited to a session after school with Dr Watson looking at the preparation for competitive university applications. They can never begin too early.
By Year 11, career development opportunities grow even more regular. A key event is the Post-16 Opportunities evening in November, and work with Sixth Form staff surrounding this, to make sensible applications to OSA Sixth Form or elsewhere. Individual interviews with our Careers Advisor continue throughout the year too.
In the Sixth Form, as applications for universities, apprenticeships and employment become a reality, students have a wide range of opportunities to build up their profiles. They receive invitations to apply for research placements, work experience, summer schools, university mentoring and visits. One-to-one careers interviews are available on request, and there are a series of talks and workshops for the whole year in school, looking at university life, student finance and making successful applications. Year 12, for example, have a day on 18 January preparing them for university or apprenticeship decisions. Recent emails to students have given them details of how to apply for Study Days at the University of Oxford, for residential time in Cambridge, for local medical open days, for Law mentors and for Nuffield Science Placements.
For all years, there are LOTS of careers resources available through the student portal. We have paid for a license to use two websites in particular, which might be of wide interest.

  • One is called Kudos ( Please contact Dr Watson or Mrs Dalley for  the license code. This is a really good starting point for students who have little idea what they want to do in life! It shortlists careers that suit student interests, and lets you search more about them (entry requirements, salaries, job descriptions etc.)

The other website is called eCLIPS The password for this site is available from Dr Watson or Mrs Dalley.


Two new additions to the Careers calendar for 2016-17…

The week beginning 19th September was Careers Week across OSA. Students were encouraged to attend talks about different careers at lunchtime, with sessions on Law, Engineering, Journalism, science research, careers in IT, getting yourself published, teaching, joining the armed services and Business Finance. There were also speakers on apprenticeships, others presenting a range of volunteering opportunities to develop your profile, and advice for older students on gaining work experience placements.

A follow-up day on Apprenticeships for Years 10-13 will take place on Monday 23 January. For more information, ask Dr Watson.

So far this year, there have been sessions for Years 9-13, and their parents, on applications to competitive universities. An initial session ‘Finding out more about university’ will be held for Year 7-8 students and their parents on Tuesday 7 February. Letters will go home later in January.

In the summer term, a week similar to the September Careers Week will take place, with sessions on different university courses. More information to follow.

Links to useful websites, local opportunities, news and events, whatever you want, it’s all here.