Careers Interviews and Advice

Year 11 careers interviews will take place later in the academic year.

 ‘Good careers education and guidance can give young people a flying start by helping them gain the basic knowledge and skills they need to begin navigating their way successfully through career choices and changes. ‘   

Aileen Sinclair - Adviza

My name is Aileen Sinclair and I have worked in the careers guidance sector for over 30 years, initially with Berkshire County Council and now with a careers guidance company called Adviza.

I have worked in most of the schools in Wokingham and am in my second year of working in Maiden Erlegh.     I come into school 2 days a week to deliver careers guidance sessions with Year 11 students but also offer help and advice to some students in the sixth form. 

With Year 11 students, we look at different ways of researching any career ideas they have so they can identify careers which truly suit their skills, abilities and personality.  We also consider the whole range of options available, including college or apprenticeships so they can decide which route is best for them.  Careers advisers never tell students what to do! Armed with enough relevant, comprehensive, appropriate information and self-awareness, the students can hopefully decide for themselves.

With sixth formers, we often talk about career plans, going to university, writing personal statements, non-university options, sponsored degrees etc.

I attend school careers events so students are welcome to talk to me then or they can pop along at lunchtime and catch me in the careers room opposite L8.  

When I am not in school, my colleagues and I are based in the ground floor of Wokingham Library where we are part of the Elevate Hub which helps young people and adults find employment, discuss careers, changes of direction and get employability support.

Maiden Erlegh School's partnership with Adviza
Maiden Erlegh School in Reading is a partner school of Adviza who aim to inspire people through high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance. Adviza is a registered charity formerly known as Connexions Thames Valley. They aim to inspire young people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work. Their passion is to support young people and others, at important times in their lives where key decisions need to be made.

A key part of this support is providing impartial information, advice and guidance to young people as they move through their teenage years into adulthood and working life. They aim to raise people's aspirations and motivate them to achieve their full potential by helping them overcome barriers to their progression in learning and work.

The Department for Education has made it a statutory requirement for all schools to provide impartial, independent advice for all students in years 8-13 from September 2013. In response to this and feedback from you, we have been looking for the best provider to meet the needs of our students and have chosen Adviza to provide this.

Maiden Erlegh School in Reading offers the following support and guidance:

• A new careers guidance tutor programme for Years 7-11 including the essential ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills our students will need in the future from managing their online identity to contingency planning if their results do not quite go the way they want.

• An individual interview with the Adviza careers adviser for every Year 11 followed up with an action plan.

• Group workshops with Year 8 in the run-up to their options.

• The adviser will be available for advice at options evening and parents evening for options year groups.

• There will be workshops for those students not going to university focusing on apprenticeships, gap years and employment.

• Training for members of staff involved in careers to further enhance our provision.

• Continued support for all students applying to University with their UCAS applications.

There is also an out of hours careers webchat service which you can use through this website 

or call 0845 408 5050.

What is Careers Education and Guidance?     

Careers education is delivered by schools, starting in Year 7 and progressing through to Year 11. It takes the student on a voyage of self-discovery as they explore their own strengths, interests, the world of work and offers exposure to employers via careers events and speakers in school.

Careers guidance happens at the end of this process, as they talk to an adviser about their plans, hopes and aspirations.  It definitely is not about telling young people what to do, but about ensuring they have enough relevant, impartial and current information to think through their options and make an informed decision for themselves.