Careers Programme

Careers Leader: Karen Raftery

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Careers Program

The school mission statement of “Come with a Past, Leave with a Future” is whole-heartedly implemented in the careers program at Ian Mikardo High School. We fully support and guide our students through the process of planning for their future lives. All staff have an active role in preparing them through a full programme of careers education delivered through PHSE, special events, enrichment programmes, visits and trips. We also work on this within individual departments and through tutor time.


All students will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities.
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them.
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school.
  • Understand the labour market and the requirements and expectations of employers.
  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future.
  • Be fully prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers.


We are extremely proud of our links with employers. These employers work very closely with students through work placements, which are individually matched to the student’s interest and are of a very high quality.

Year 7

Next Step – Students are supported in their transition from primary school into secondary school and begin to learn more about themselves. During the year they complete a self-assessment and self-development journal mapping the development of their skills.

Year 8

Exploring Work – Students explore the world of work gaining a greater understanding of employer’s expectations, employability skills and the labour market.

Year 9

Students have opportunities of engaging in vocational courses, attending courses run by different industries, e.g. Life Course run by the London Fire Brigade. Visiting professionals from various industries, visits to career fairs.

Year 10

A program of identifying concrete skills and personal attributes, which will be, linked to career paths, job and college applications. Creating a personal statement, CV, cover letter culminating in interview skills and submitting applications for work placements and attending interviews with employers. The length of the placements adapted to the individual students individual needs and abilities.

Year 11

Preparation for Progression – Students undergo a programme of education, information and guidance to help them make the vital decisions about their future.  A series of PHSE lessons teaches them about effective decision-making, explores their options and gives support in making their applications.  It covers the full range of routes into their future including sixth form, FE College, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.  This is supported by 1:1 careers interviews and a progression interview with a member of the Leadership Team.

Year 12

Students attend a work placement in chosen field 1-2 days a week for the academic year this is also attached to a BTEC Vocational Qualification where they create a portfolio of evidence for individual units.

Year 13

Students attend a vocational course to support their chosen career path 3 days a week while focusing on their core skills at school two days a week.