Careers Department

CAREERS TEAM:

  • Mrs R Jordan (Assistant Principal with overall responsibility for Careers)

  • Mr P Rafferty (Careers Coordinator)

  • Mrs J O’Connor (Careers Secretary)

  • Mr S Heffron (Careers Associate)

SUPPORTED BY:

  • Mrs J Mawhinney (Director of LLW and Employability)

  • Director of Key Stage 3/4/5

  • Heads of Year

  • Careers Teachers

  • Junior/Senior Student Leadership Team Investor In Careers Representatives

 

Apprenticeship, university, further education or full time employment? Whatever route our pupils want to take in the future, the Careers Team are here to help them choose the right pathway in life.


ST RONAN’S COLLEGE IS A PROUD HOLDER OF THE INVESTOR IN CAREERS AWARD:
This is a quality standard for the management of Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). As the first school in NI to hold this prestigious quality mark, we have made a whole school commitment to provide high quality, impartial, independent careers guidance for our young people. 

 

Departmental vision:

  1. Raise awareness of the importance of CEIAG across the College and in the wider community

  2. Support pupils to reach their full potential in life and be the best they can be

  3. Enhance pupil career aspirations - support them to set ambitious targets and career goals for the future

 

Our Junior/Senior Investor in Careers representatives play an important part in shaping our fluid and dynamic pupil-centred curriculum:

 

KS3 CURRICULUM (Year 10)

Term 1: Exploring Investor in Careers and the local/global economy

Term 2: Labour Market Information and STEM Careers

Term 3: Interview Skills and Personal Branding

 

KS4 CURRICULUM

YEAR 11

Unit 1: Digital Action Planning and Work Experience

Unit 2: Labour Market Information

Unit 3: Oral Presentation

Unit 4: Recruitment, Selection and the World of Work
Work Experience in June

 

YEAR 12

Unit 1: Work Experience Review and Personal Branding

Unit 2: Exploring Post-16 Options

Unit 3: Oral Presentation

Unit 4: Building a CV

All Year 12 pupils interviewed by External Careers Advisor


KS5 CURRICULUM

YEAR 13

Unit 1: Digital Action Planning

Unit 2: Work Experience

Unit 3: Post-18 Options

Unit 4: UCAS and Personal Statements
Work Experience in June
All Year 13 pupils interviewed by Careers Associate

YEAR 14

Unit 1: UCAS, Open Days and Mock Interviews 

Unit 2: Exploring Alternative Pathways

Unit 3: Money Management

Unit 4: Offers and Clearing

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR

In the Careers Department, we recognise that it is our responsibility to prepare pupils for jobs that do not yet exist, in the ever-changing, challenging and developing future job market. Excellent local and wider business links, underpinned by unique opportunities and extracurricular activities that develop wider transferable employability skills, are an essential part of our Careers curriculum. Examples include:


  • Careers Week (Jan) and Apprenticeship Week (Feb)

  • Apprenticeship talks (various organisations and past pupils)

  • Post 16/18 Pathways talks (QUB, Ulster, SRC, Belfast Met etc)

  • Bi-Annual St. Ronan’s College Careers Fair

  • Sentinus Interview Skills workshop

  • Mock Interview Evenings with 32 business professionals

  • Craigavon Area Learning Community Careers Convention

  • University Roadshow

  • Skills NI Exhibition

  • UCAS Exhibition

  • KS4 Microsoft DreamSpace Experience

  • Liverpool John Moores University UCAS Personal Statement Workshop

  • Career Ready Local Business Mentoring and Masterclasses

  • Sentinus Motivational Experience of Work talks

  • University of Ulster Visiting Lecture Series

  • QUB Pathway Opportunity Programme

  • Living Law Programme at the Attorney General’s Office

  • Cambridge/Oxford Shadowing Schemes

  • SRC Hair and Beauty Roadshow

  • Generation Innovation Work Experience

  • British Medical Association Widening Participation talk

  • Summer schools, eg. Sutton Trust Summer School, Novosco Summer Camp, Kainos Summer Coding Camp

 

The Careers Office conducts an open door policy - pupils are encouraged to drop in for advice and guidance. They may also request a longer appointment for a one-on-one interview if necessary. 

 

Contact

St Ronan’s College
Francis Street, 
Lurgan, 
Craigavon 
BT66 6DL

Telephone: 028 38 323 192

Email:

info@stronanscollege.lurgan.ni.sch.uk

 

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