Careers and guidance

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At East Leake Academy we aim to prepare students for the world of work after study.  We offer a range of opportunities to help students choose careers, prepare for higher education or embark on vocational studies.

Careers advisor

We have a dedicated careers leader, Rhonda Smith, here at East Leake Academy. Rhonda is professionally qualified to level 6* in careers and offers information, advice and guidance on a range of careers related topics including making decisions at key transition times (year 9 options, post 16, post 18) as well as general help with future educational and career choices.

Rhonda is in school, working with students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be happy to see students on a drop-in basis at break times and lunchtimes on these days, in the Careers Office next to the sixth form common room. Personal interviews can also be arranged, by appointment only, at other times during the school day. Meetings with students and parents can also be arranged during the school day or straight after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays or during parent consultation evenings.

Careers Fair

Our annual Careers Fair is one of the largest of its kind in the Nottinghamshire and Charnwood areas, with over 40 leading providers taking part, from businesses and industry to higher education organisations. Parents and students are invited to the event to meet businesses and get advice about applications to colleges and universities.

This is a superb opportunity for students to look at careers options and get sound advice on what is expected for careers they are interested in pursuing.  Exhibitors have included global providers such as Rolls-Royce, St Gobain, 3M, Barclays and British Gypsum.

Mock interviews

Each year, years 10 and 11 students take part in mock interviews to prepare them for the real world. Students must prepare a CV and application form and professionals from business and industry across various sectors come into the academy to support the process and interview them.  Interviews last for 25 minutes and students are given constructive feedback on their performance.

Useful resources

CV and interview advice

How to complete a basic CV

ELA student CV template

9 simple body language tips for your next interview

Sample interview questions

Useful links for students

National Careers Service
Fast Tomato
Icould.com
Careerpilot
Careersbox
National Apprenticeship Service
Informed Choices
The Scholarship Hub

Useful resources for parents and guardians

Parents guide to post 16 options

Careers advice for parents
Parent Adviser
Careerpilot Parent Zone

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