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					  Ideas for using Careers Wales
Online in Careers Education and PSE
            Key Stage 4




                      Contents
          Goals Choices and Decisions
                  Find a Career
            Work Experience Game
       Planning for your Work Placement
                Application Letter
      Work Experience – Reflect and Review
                   Options 16+
          Skills for Learning and Work
             Learning and Studying
         Creating a CV using CV Editor
         Creating a CV using CV Wizard
         Job or College Interview Game


                     Revised December 2006
   by Sally Pearson, Careers Wales Mid Glamorgan and Powys
Goals Choices and Decisions
Quick description:
Pupils are introduced to the idea of Action Planning via an introductory exercise in
goal setting. Goals Choices and Decisions is accessed via e-Progress File (Tools
and Resources menu), then Reflect and Take Action. Deliver near the start of
Year 10.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG and PSE learning outcomes
 Pupils understand the          PSE
   reason why action planning is  Review learning and performance, action plan
   important                        and set targets
 Pupils appreciate the          CEG
   difference between short
                                  17ii) Set and review targets and analyse
   term and long term planning
                                 achievements during Key Stage 4 education
 Pupils set goals in three
  main areas of activity


Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Link to hard copy exercises if appropriate
 There are tutorials on ‘Action Planning’ and ‘SMART targets’ under Tutorials
  and Guides, which provide a useful introduction

Method:
  1. Introduction
   Start with a discussion of: What is a goal? Why are they
     important? How can achievement be planned?
   Ask pupils to log in, go to e-Progress File, then click on Reflect and
     Take Action in the left hand menu.
   Mention full Action Planning section, but for this session direct
     pupils to the introductory section Goals Choices and Decisions

   2. Different kinds of goals
    Describe the difference between long and short term goals, and
      ask pupils to look at examples
    Describe three main areas in which goals can be set, and ask for
      more examples of each

   3. Setting your own goals
    Ask pupils to complete Activity one, detailing one goal in each of
      the three sections, and SAVE changes
    Emphasise the need for review of progress, to ensure goals are
      met
   If there is time, play the video introducing the Action Planning
    section, and discuss the idea of SMART targets
Find a Career
Quick description:
Pupils are helped to find career ideas which are related to their interests and
abilities. A simple ‘matching’ exercise is available on the CWOL website, located in
the Careers Ideas section (Tools and Resources menu). KUDOS (a stand alone
programme) offers a more in-depth activity. Deliver near the start of Year 10.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG learning outcome
 Pupils understand the need      CEG
   to ‘match’ their abilities and  5ii) Demonstrate the relationship between their
   interests against the          perception of themselves and their career ideas,
   requirements of different      and how they could improve their future
   careers
                                  employability
 Pupils generate their own
  personal list of career ideas


Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 If you are using KUDOS, this session will be delivered by your careers adviser

Method:
  1. Introduction
   This session can be introduced either in terms of general career
     planning, or in relation to choice of work experience placement.
     How many pupils know exactly what they want to do in the
     future/for work experience? What sort of things need to be
     taken into account when choosing a career area/work placement?
   To get some ideas of possibilities, ask pupils to log in, go to Career
     Ideas, then click on Find a Career

   2. Find a Career Game
    Explain how the game works, and encourage pupils to complete the
      information asked for, as fully as possible
    Ask pupils to feed back on search results. Were the results as
      expected? Any new ideas? How useful is the game for choosing
      work areas?
    Point out that more details of all suggested careers are available -
      either now (by clicking on each job title in the list), or in the future
      (by revisiting the Career Ideas section).
Work Experience Game
Quick description:
Pupils are helped to understand what work experience is all about and how they
can prepare for it. The Work Experience Game is accessed via Interview Games
in the Tools and Resources menu. Deliver in Year 10, before placement allocation.

Specific learning outcomes:       Link to CEG and WRE learning outcomes
 Pupils identify good and bad    CEG
  reasons for choosing a work      15ii) Recognise the importance of health and
  placement                          safety at work and identify employer
 Pupils identify useful things      expectations of appropriate behaviour in the
  to take with them on a work
                                     workplace
  placement
                                  WRE
 Pupils gain practice in
  responding to employer
                                   Recognise employees’ rights and responsibilities
  questions in different          and the importance of following correct, safe
  workplace situations            working practices


Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Link to hard copy Work Experience Organiser and H&S booklet if appropriate
 Work Experience Game recording sheet
 Pupils will need to have had general introduction to work experience already

Method:
  1. Introduction
   Explain the purpose of the game, and encourage pupils to read
     everything properly so they understand what to do, and take in all
     the advice offered.
   Go through the information needed to complete the recording
     sheet

   2. Work Experience Game
    Ask pupils to go to the Up to Age 16 page, click on Interview
      Games, and complete the recording sheet as they play the first two
      sections of the Work Experience Game
    The third section could be played as a group, guessing what the
      feedback will be on each response, and discussing eg H&S issues
          Interview Game – Work Experience – Recording sheet

Name ______________________ Date _______________


Results of research stage

5 positive influences             Why is this a good idea?
 on where to go on
  work experience




Which are not such a                       Why?
good idea?




Results of preparation stage

5 good things to take             Why is this a good idea?




Which are not such a                       Why?
good idea?
Planning for your Work Placement
Quick description:
Pupils are helped to think in detail about what sort of placement would suit them.
‘Planning for your Work Placement’ is the first activity in the Work Placement
section, accessed via e-Progress File, then My Progress, and Experience of Work.
Deliver when discussion of work placement starts in Year 10.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG and WRE learning outcomes
 Pupils think about work        WRE
    experience in terms of their  Planning for their careers and making decisions
    career planning                  in a clear, realistic and informed way
 Pupils reflect on the skills   CEG
    and qualities needed for
                                  5ii) Demonstrate the relationship between their
    particular jobs
                                 perception of themselves and their career ideas,
 Pupils relate this to their
    perception of themselves
                                 and how they could improve their future
                                 employability
Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Link to Work Experience Organiser if appropriate

Method:
  1. Introduction
   Start by referring back to the introduction to choosing a work
     placement contained in the Work Experience Interview Game. This
     session will help pupils relate their choice to their personal
     interests and abilities.
   Ask pupils to log in, go to e-Progress File, then click on My
     Progress, then Experience of Work, and finally Work Placement

   2. Placement Ideas
    Discuss with the group some of the ideas they might include in the
      first free text box, encouraging them to be as flexible as possible.
      Emphasise that each person will be different.
    Ask pupils to type in their ideas, and SAVE

   3. Career Ideas
    Refresh everyone’s memory of how to search the Career Ideas
      database (introduced at KS3)
    Discuss what aspects of jobs to look at (skills, interests, qualities
      needed), and encourage pupils to write about one or more ideas in
      the second text box, relating what they have discovered to
      themselves. Then SAVE.
Application Letter
Quick description:
Pupils practise writing an application letter, then name and save it for future use.
Application Letters can be found in e-Progress File, under Presenting Myself.
Deliver in Year 10, linked to Work Experience placement.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG learning outcome
 Pupils understand the          CEG
   reason for writing             23ii) Show that they can use evidence of
   application letters           achievements and performance to promote a
 Pupils write an application    positive self image when making applications and
   letter for their work
                                 attending interviews for employment, training and
   placement
                                 continuing education opportunities
 Pupils name and save their
  letter for future use


Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Link to hard copy exercises if appropriate
 There is a tutorial on ‘Application Letters’, which provides a useful introduction
 There is an example letter on ‘Up to Age 16 page’, left menu, Useful Documents
 Each pupil will need details of their work placement with them

Method:
  1. Introduction
   Start with a discussion of why you might want to write an
     application letter – first generally, then in relation to a work
     experience placement
   What to include? Refer to example, for ideas
   Explain that CWOL allows users to write and store a number of
     application letters which are then available for use in the future

   2. Creating an Application Letter
    Ask pupils to find the Application Letter section, by going to e-
      Progress File, then Presenting Myself. Play the video if possible
    Then ask them to click on ‘Create’, and go through the template
      with them, noting that some details (eg their name) are already
      there.
    After completing the template, name the letter and SAVE
    Then click on ’View’, where the named letter can be downloaded as
      a Word document, amended, smartened up, and printed out.
School logo and CW logo

Pupil’s home address



Dear

I would like to thank you for offering the possibility of work experience at your
organisation. My school is very grateful for your generous support.

My name is <STUDENT NAME> and I am a Year <10 or 11> student at
<SCHOOL NAME>. I am <AGE> years old and in my spare time I like
<include any hobbies/interests>. At school I am studying a variety of subjects
and I have a particular interest in <LIST OF MAIN INTEREST IN
SUBJECTS>, which is why I am keen to take up your offer of <ONE or TWO>
week(s) work experience.

During my work placement I am keen to learn more about your business. I
am looking forward to developing my <key – communication, team working
etc> skills which will help me in the future when I <apply for
university/college/jobs>.

My school dates for work experience are Monday <DATE> until Friday
<DATE>. I very much hope that you will allow me to join your organisation for
this period.

I am looking forward to meeting you and your colleagues and learning more
about the world of work.

I will telephone 2 weeks before the start of my placement to confirm my start
time, dress code and any other arrangements for the placement.

Yours sincerely

Pupil signature

PUPIL NAME
Work Experience - Reflect and Review
Quick description:
Pupils reflect on and review what they gained from their Work Placement. This is
the second activity in the Work Placement section, accessed via e-Progress File,
then My Progress and Experience of Work. Deliver as soon as possible after work
experience has taken place.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG and PSE learning outcomes
 Pupils understand the         PSE
   purpose of reviewing          Review learning and performance, action plan
   experience                      and set targets
 Pupils analyse and record     CEG
   their experience on work
                                 17ii) Set and review targets and analyse
   placement
                                achievements during Key Stage 4 education

Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Each pupil will need their completed diary from the Work Experience
  Organiser

Method:
  1. Introduction
   Remind pupils of the work done in Year 10 relating to action
     planning and target setting.
   Explain that reviewing experience is the next stage of the process,
     and can lead on to making new plans, setting fresh targets. Looking
     back on work experience is a good example.

   2. How do you feel about your work placement?
    Ask pupils to log in, go to e-Progress File, then My Progress and
      Experience of Work. Click on Work Placement, and they should
      find the individual information they saved about their plans for
      their work experience placement. Any comments?
    Go through Activity 2 on the second page, and suggest the sorts of
      things which could be entered in each text box
    Suggest pupils refer to their work experience diary when
      completing this, then SAVE
    Discuss how their views have changed in the light of work
      experience.
Options 16+
Quick description:
Pupils are introduced to the information and exercises on CWOL which will help
them with their choices at the end of Year 11. These are accessed via the Up to
Age 16 main page (left hand menu). Deliver early in Year 11.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG and PSE learning outcomes
 Pupils understand the         PSE
   choices available at the end  Make decisions and choices effectively
   of Year 11                    Know the relevant opportunities available to
 Pupils identify the decisions    them in education, training and employment and
   they need to make, and the
                                   how best to use the careers service
   timescale for these
                                CEG
                                 18ii) Identify the decisions they need to make
                                to support their progression to Post-16 within the
                                relevant timescale showing evidence that they
                                understand the implications of these decisions

Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Copies of the 16+ Options quiz (one of Useful Documents in Choices 16+ section
  of the website)
 School sixth form information as appropriate
 Your careers adviser will be available to run this session for you

Method:
  1. Introduction
   Identify the main options for pupils at the end of Year 11, and link
     to interview with careers adviser, and timing of applications
   Discuss what sort of things will influence decision – interests,
     abilities, availability of opportunities etc
   CWOL as a source of relevant reference information –
     demonstrate the useful areas of the website – Choices 16+, Career
     Ideas, Learning Choices, Jobs in Wales, Useful Documents
     especially Qualifications File

   2. Options 16+ Quiz
    Ask pupils to log in and find their way to Choices 16+
    Explain the 16+ Options Quiz, and suggest they visit different
      sections of the website to complete it
    Go through answers, to ensure everyone is clear
Quiz - Choices 16+
Are you ready to choose
what to do after Year 11?
Test your knowledge with this quiz.
  Name:
                                                  7. Where on careerswales.com
                                                      would you look for
 1. After Year 11 you could:                         information about how to get
    stay on at school or                             started in different jobs?
    go to college or
                                                     ……………………………………
 ……………………………………………….                                 …
 ……………………………………………….
 (list two other options)
                                                  8. How can you find out about
                                                     courses at college?

2. How many GCSEs do you usually                  …………………………………………
   need to do an advanced level
   course and at what grade?                      …………………………………………

    …………………………………………                              …………………………………………
                                                  ..

3. As a foundation Modern Apprentice
   you would work towards NVQ Level …..?
                                                  9. List three sources of careers
                                                     information and advice.

4. After completing a Modern                         1. …………………………………
   Apprenticeship you can apply to
   university.                                       2. …………………………………

   True               False                          3. …………………………………
                                                     4.

5. If you decide to apply for a job after
   Year 11 it is important to find out if           10. If you are looking for a job
                                                          or training after Year 11
   t_ _ _ _ _ _ g will be provided.                        where can you find out
                                                             about vacancies?

 6. If you do a First Diploma or GCSE in a              …………………………………………
    vocational subject what could you go
    on to do next?                                     ………………………………………….
 ……………………………………………………
                                                       ………………………………………….
 ……………………………………………………


          Need help with the answers? Visit www.careerswales.com/choices16
Skills for learning and work
Quick description:
Pupils self-assess their performance in Key Skills areas, and identify strengths
and weaknesses. My Key Skills can be accessed via e-Progress File, then Who Am
I? Deliver in Year 11.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG learning outcomes
 Pupils recognise the six Key  CEG
   Skill areas                   6ii) Review their performance in the Key Skills
 Pupils assess their           and recognise the importance of the Key Skills in
   performance in these skills  work and learning settings
  in a systematic way
 Pupils identify areas of
  strength and weakness


Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Link to hard copy exercises if appropriate
 There is a skills tutorial under ‘Tutorials and Guides’ in e-Progress File, which
  provide a useful introduction



Method:
  1. Introduction
   Start by checking that pupils can name the six Key Skills, and
     recognise why these are important in learning and work
   Ask pupils to log in, go to e-Progress File, then Who Am I? and My
     Skills. Remind them that the purpose of the Who Am I? section is
     to build up a record of individual skills, achievements etc, together
     with evidence for these
   Play the Key Skills video if possible

   2. Key Skills Quizzes
    Explain the format of these quizzes, and suggest pupils work
      through them carefully, thinking about their responses. When they
      get to the end of each, it is important that they SAVE the results
    If they then go back to the original Key Skills main page, their
      results should appear in the free text boxes. Suggest pupils read
      through all their results and write at the end a sentence
      summarising their strengths and weaknesses, and how these might
      influence their plans for the future. SAVE
Learning and Studying

Quick description:
Pupils build up a picture of how they learn best, and consider how this relates to
their future plans. My Learning Styles and My Working Styles can both be
accessed via e-Progress File, then Who Am I? Deliver in Year 11.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to PSE and CEG learning outcomes
 Pupils understand what is      PSE
   meant by learning styles       Know a range of techniques to assist study and
 Pupils assess how they learn, exam preparation
   study and revise best         CEG
 Pupils comment on how this
                                  3ii) Examine their values, beliefs and attitudes
   fits in with their future
                                 to work, learning, finance, leisure and lifestyle and
   plans
                                 relate these to their career ideas

Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Link to hard copy exercises if appropriate



Method:
  1. Introduction
   How do people learn? Does everyone learn in the same way?
   Consider how people approach studying and revision in different
     ways too, and the importance of recognising what is best for you
   Ask pupils to log in, go to e-Progress File, then Who Am I? Explain
     that there are two sections relevant to this topic – Learning Styles
     and Working Styles. Both contain quizzes which can help identify
     your personal approach to learning and studying

   2. Learning Styles Quiz
    Explain the nature of this quiz, and suggest pupils work through it
      carefully, thinking about their responses. When they get to the
      end, it is important that they SAVE the results
    If they then go back to the original My Learning Styles main page,
      their results should appear in first free text box.
    Ask them to write a comment on how accurate they think the
      result is, with reason, and how this fits in with their plans for the
      future

   3. Working Styles Quiz
    This quiz is a fast, fun exercise with a serious purpose
   Emphasise that pupils have to show how they study best, then
    SAVE the results.
   If there is time, discuss variations within the group
Creating a CV using CV Editor
Quick description:
Pupils use the CV Editor template to input relevant information about themselves,
under agreed topic headings, to produce a simple CV. They edit the style of their
CV, and learn how to save and print it out. Deliver in Year 11.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG learning outcomes
 Pupils understand the        CEG
   purpose of creating a CV     23ii) Show that they can use evidence of
 Pupils identify what         achievements and performance to promote a
   information to include in a positive self-image when making applications and
   simple CV
                               attending interviews for employment, training and
 Pupils recognise the
                               continuing education opportunities
   importance of presentation


Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 A PREPARATION SESSION is essential beforehand. This could use the CVs
  tutorial under ‘Tutorials and Guides’ in e-Progress File to help pupils think
  about the sort of information they want to include in their CV
 Pupils should bring their ideas with them (eg on the attached proforma)



Method:
  1. Introduction
   Start by reminding pupils of the purpose of a CV, and the need to
     select information to present themselves to best effect
   Ask pupils to log in, go to e-Progress File, then Presenting Myself
     and CV Editor

   2. CV Editor
    Go through the headings given on the template, and make
      suggestions of how they might be amended, and/or what
      information to put under each
    Ask pupils to input information and use the word processing facility
      to make it look as attractive as possible
    Make sure they all give their CV a name, and SAVE
    Explain that their CV is now stored in Editable CVs, and can be
      amended in the future
    Ask pupils to click on Create Document, which will then save it as a
      Word document in Saved CVs. This can be printed out by clicking
      on the name.
                    Ideas for My CV
Name
Address

Telephone Number
Date of Birth

                            Education




                        Work Experience




                   Skills and Personal Qualities




                            Interests




                           References
Creating a CV using CV Wizard - 1
Quick description:
Pupils log information about their qualifications, work experience, skills and
achievements, as a preparation for using the CV Wizard. Deliver in Year 11.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG learning outcomes
 Pupils understand the         CEG
   purpose of a CV               23ii) Show that they can use evidence of
 Pupils identify the types of  achievements and performance to promote a
   information needed in a CV   positive self-image when making applications and
 Pupils gather and record
                                attending interviews for employment, training and
   these in a systematic way
                                continuing education opportunities
Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link, and sound if possible
 There is a CV tutorial* under ‘Tutorials and Guides’ in e-Progress File, which
   provides a useful introduction



Method:
  3. Introduction
   Start with a general discussion of what a CV is, and why you might
     want to write one
   Run through the sorts of information needed in a CV, and show
     them an example of layout (see CV tutorial*)
   Introduce the idea of logging a range of personal information on
     CWOL – about skills, achievements, qualifications and work
     experience - then selecting what to include in a CV

   2. My Progress
    Ask pupils to log in, go to e-Progress File, then My Progress.
    Look at each of the sections in turn, playing the video introductions
      if possible
    Make sure pupils understand the process for completing each log
    Suggest they may wish to refer back to sections of Who Am I? for
      ideas about skills and achievements
    Emphasise the need to SAVE information at each stage

   3. Add to CV
    Point out to pupils that they should click the CV box against each
      item they wish to appear in their CV
Creating a CV using CV Wizard - 2
Quick description:
Pupils use the CV Wizard to complete a CV, then edit, save and print out.
Deliver in Year 11.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to CEG learning outcomes
 Pupils understand the        CEG
   purpose of a personal        23ii) Show that they can use evidence of
   statement on a CV           achievements and performance to promote a
 Pupils identify appropriate  positive self-image when making applications and
   people to act as referees
                               attending interviews for employment, training and
 Pupils recognise the
                               continuing education opportunities
   importance of presentation


Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link, and sound if possible
 The CV User Guide is available as a .pdf in the Professionals section Document
  Library, under Other Relevant Information



Method:
  1. Introduction
   Ask pupils to log in, go to e-Progress File, then Presenting Myself
     and CV. Play video if possible, and select CV Wizard
   Explain that there are five different sections of CV Wizard, but
     that they have already completed three! They can check this by
     clicking on the tabs for Skills, Work History and Education

   2. Personal Details
    The Personal Details section should already be partly completed
      from information given by each pupil at registration. Ask pupils to
      fill in any gaps, then SAVE
    Explain what is needed under Personal Statement – a couple of
      sentences summarising the key points about themselves. SAVE

   3. Other Information
    Suggest pupils can enter any other details (eg of interests) in this
      section, then SAVE
    Explain what is meant by references, who might be suitable
      referees, and the need to ask their permission first. Enter and
      SAVE.
4. Generate CV
 Suggest pupils select the format for an Educational CV, give it a
   name and SAVE
 If they then opt for CV Editor, they can edit it using a word
   processing facility, to make it look as attractive as possible, then
   SAVE again
 Clicking on CREATE DOCUMENT will save it as a Word document in
   Saved CVs. This can be printed out by clicking on the name.
Job or College Interview Game
Quick description:
Pupils are helped to prepare for an interview for a job, or place on a college
course. Access is via Interview Games on the Tools and Resources menu.
Deliver in Year 11.
Specific learning outcomes: Link to WRE and PSE learning outcomes
 Pupils identify important     WRE
   things to do before an        Using personal and social skills well and having
   interview, and what to take     respect for themselves and others in working
   with them                       situations
 Pupils consider what to wear
                                CEG
   to create a good impression
                                 23ii) Show that they can use evidence of
 Pupils gain practice in
   responding to typical
                                achievements and performance to promote a
   interview questions          positive self image when making applications and
                                attending interviews for employment, training and
                                continuing education opportunities
Materials, resources and preparation needed:
 Access to individual computers with internet link
 Link to mock interview provision, if available

Method:
  1. Introduction
   Discuss the different situations where you might be asked to an
     interview. Why are they used? Why are they so important?
   Describe the contents of these two interview games – they cover
     much the same ground in terms of preparation, but the interview
     questions are different.

   2. Job/College Interview Game
    Ask pupils to go to the Up to Age 16 page, click on Interview
      Games, and choose the game they feel is most appropriate for
      them
    Encourage pupils to read everything properly so they understand
      what to do. And to look out for the Instructions and Hints
      buttons, to help them
    Discuss as a group what they have learned from playing these
      games – they are fun, but they carry important messages too

				
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