In Latymer’s Careers Department we understand that for many students, making decisions about the future can be a challenging task.
Our goal is to provide students with the best support and advice to guide them through the decision-making process from GCSE and A Level choices to university and beyond. We want to help our young people discover the subjects that they are passionate to learn more about, to have confidence in their unique strengths and to open their minds to all that is possible.
The Careers Department at Latymer Upper School offers an excellent service to its students, supporting their decision-making process and helping them to develop the skills they will need to succeed in the globally connected world of work in the 21st century.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach, we draw on international best practice, theoretical models and current research, and have developed a tailor-made programme to serve the needs of our unique and diverse community of learners.
Careers information and advice is led by a specialist team and delivered holistically by all staff at Latymer. Subject teachers, tutors, the Academic Mentoring Department, Careers staff and other support staff all play their part in guiding student decision-making and progression, both formally and informally.
The Careers Department is also supported by the Careers Task Group: a non-executive board of alumni, parents, students and staff.
Principal staff includes:
Our offer to students and parents comprises two parts: the core provision accessible to all, and a progressive curriculum of optional learning experiences. This means that students have access to quality sources of independent and impartial advice whenever they need it and are exposed to a range of opportunities for personal growth.
One-to-one career appointments: all students and their families may make appointments to talk to the Careers team about any issues relating to qualifications or post-school options. This can be through self-referral, the pastoral team or following identification of an interest by a specific department.
Futurewise career profiling: all Year 11 students take part in psychometric testing that generates an in-depth report on their career options. This is then followed by a one-to-one interview with an independent careers advisor.
Work experience: in Year 11, all students undertake work experience for at least one week after their GCSEs. The Careers Department can offer help to students who are looking for placements, whilst parents and alumni networks are also useful.
Ad hoc career support: parents and alumni provide bespoke advocacy and support for specific areas of interest.
Monthly lunchtime talks: this series of talks by speakers from the Latymer community and external organisations covers a wide variety of areas such as medicine, engineering, advertising and marketing, finance, IT, publishing, TV production and development aid.
FutureSkills: this is an annual industry debate and networking event which discusses how the world of work will look in the future and what this means for our students and their career choices.