Careers Plan – Year 8 (2022-23)

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YEAR 8 CAREERS AIM: to encourage students to explore their interests and motivations and focus on developing a broader understanding of the world of work.

RATIONALE: This year builds on the work in Year 7 and the focus is on their understanding of the workplace and their rights and responsibilities within it. We aim to further embed their understanding of how both careers and character education are linked, but also to help them understand that they will play an active role in a workplace.

Term 1

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: Impact of technology on employment

    In their fortnightly careers sessions, Year 8 students will learn about the impact of technology on different careers. They will focus on the automation of certain job roles and learn about the need to be agile in their future careers, along with the value of continuing professional development. 

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Term 2

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: Rights within the workplace

    In their fortnightly careers sessions, Year 8 students gain a greater understanding of the world of work. They will be introduced to what is involved when calling in sick to work and how this might affect pay, or might need supporting documentation. They also look at disability rights in the workplace and are introduced to the concept of reasonable adjustments following the Equality Act 2010.

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  2. Veterans and careers

    As part of remembrance week, Year 8 will consider the secondary careers that veterans often choose and why. They will look at different roles within the armed forces and how these choices can prepare a person for other career sectors and roles.

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Term 3

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: PSHE and Careers

    In their fortnightly careers sessions this term, Year 8 will be focusing on activities that support the PSHE content that is being delivered. This includes examples of LGBTQ+ workplace diversity schemes and the Stonewall top-ranked employers.

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  2. Launch Work Shadowing Day

    Work Shadowing Day is in Term 6 and offers our students in Year 8, 9 and 10 the opportunity to accompany a family member to work for a day to gain an first-hand experience of a workplace. In this session, students are introduced or reminded about what the day involves and parents/carers are informed of this valuable opportunity for their child. 

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Term 4

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: Work/life balance

    In their fortnightly careers sessions, Year 8 students explore the role that work/life balance has in our careers and how the wage or salary is not the only consideration to make when deciding on a career. We will also introduce the role that occupational health professionals make to supporting individuals in their access to work. 

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Term 5

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: How to make decisions

    In their fortnightly careers sessions, Year 8 students will work through a BBC Bitesize careers workshop which helps them to consider the different decisions they need to make with regards to their careers and how to think about their interests. In addition to this (to fill an identified knowledge gap for 2023), they will be looking at the different types of employment including full/part time, self-employment, flexitime, and job shares.

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Term 6

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: Entrepreneurship challenge

    Year 8 students will undertake an entrepreneurship challenge across their fortnightly careers sessions, and have the opportunity to understand the different elements involved in being self-employed. 

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  2. ASSEMBLY: What is vocational education? with MidKent College

    As part of their preparation for making their GCSE option choices next year, Year 8 will be joining Key Stage 3 students from across Kent and Medway to find out about vocational education. This is a live event held online, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

    This event supports Wrotham School in fulfilling its statutory obligations under Provider Access Legislation (2023).

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  3. Innovate Her – Guest Speaker

    Innovate Her are a STEM organisation dedicated to improving diversity in careers related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Kimberley Clark will be coming to talk to our students about her career, the importance of encouraging diversity, and is designed to empower all students to pursue careers in the tech sector.

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  4. Work Shadowing Day/Enterprise Challenge Day