Year 8

Careers Education

This year you'll continue to learn about careers  in tutor time, PSHE and in your classrooms while learning.

In tutor-time you'll begin to learn careers terminology, tools we use to explore careers and education and learn about the different types of jobs currenlty available. 

In PSHE you begin to use your skills and develop new skills when taking part in a small enterprise project. You and your team will create ideas for christmas crafts you'll make and sell at the christmas fair. You'll begin to learn what business skills are and how to use them.

Your teachers will begin to play videos during lesson time, of people talking about their jobs and how it links to the topics you are studying in your classrooms. We hope you'll understand why it is you learn particular topics at school and how that will link to jobs and interests you may have in the future.

You will also be invited to a careers event, where you'll meet employers who will show you what they do in their job roles through demostrations or pieces of work they have brought in for you to explore.

We hope this year's careers programme is inspirational and has given you ideas and skills you may want to develop in future study and clubs.


Fun Quizzes and Websites 

This section provides links to fun websites that offer personality and skills quizzes to learn more about yourself and your interests. You may even want to take a careers quiz and explore the jobs sectors that your current skills are matched to.

National Geographic Personality Quizzes

The Buzz Quiz- which animal personality will you have?

Careers Pilot

Learn about different job roles within the labour market and what they pay or take a careers quiz matching your current interests and skills to jobs- Click here!

Watch Videos of people talking about their jobs

BBC Bitesize Careers



Careers Terminology

What is a career?

Career actually has two definitions. The word career is often used to refer to a profession, occupation, trade or vocation. A career could define what you do for a living and range from those that require extensive training and education to those you can perform with only secondary school qualifactions and a willingness to learn.

A career could mean working as a doctor, lawyer, teacher, carpenter, veterinary assistant, electrician, cashier, teacher or hairstylist.

What is a careers sector?

Careers or job sectors are are similar jobs put into groups. For example, the following are examples of job sectors:

retail, construction, healthcare, Information Technology (IT), sports and leisure and the creative industry.

What is a skill?

A skill is a talent or something you are good at. 

What is a labour larket?

It's a job market, the availablity of jobs currently in the UK for example.

What is employment?

Having paid work or a job.

What is a wage?

A wage is the money paid to a person with a job. This person will get paid for the work by the hour, so if they have worked 30 hours that week, they will be paid 30 hours work.

What is employability?

Employability refers to the attributes of a person (skills and personal qualities) that make that person able to gain and maintain employment or a job..​​

This could be developing their skills and knowledge through education, training and work experience.

What is enterprise and entrepreneurship?

Enterprise is another word for a business or company that makes profit.​​

Entrepreneurship, is setting up a business or businesses and taking on financial risks in hope of  making profit

What is Post 16?

It is a term used for education and training after secondary for 16 to 19 year olds.


Information on Working From 13 Years Old

Most young people would like to work, this is an essential part of gaining independence, learning work and life skills, and most importantly for you, earning some money!

We would like to offer you some guidance from BANES local authority, on child employment.

Child Employment | Bathnes

Where can I find work?

Ideas of the types of work available to young people :

  • Hair, beauty and barber salons
  • Deli, cafe and restaurants
  • Babysitting
  • Dog walking and pet sitting
  • Farming and gardening
  • Office work
  • Shop assistants
  • Car Washing
  • Delivery of newspapers
  • Riding stables
  • Sports coaching
  • Market stalls
  • Updating businesses websites
  • Hotels- house keeping- front of house
  • Working farms, entertainment parks and softplay

Who can I talk to about skills and careers?

MissTaylor the Careers Adviser is available to speak with students who would like to discuss education, employment and careers.

You are invited to email Miss Taylor: 

Alternatively, you are very welcome to talk to Mrs Rogers Teacher in Charge of Careers in M18.


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