Careers Advice and Guidance:

Careers Lead: Jodie Milburn

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At Essa Academy we believe that all students should be exposed to as many opportunities as possible involving careers and the world of work.

Our Careers Adviser Miss Milburn offers careers advice and guidance every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before school, at lunchtime and after school in the library.

Year 10 and 11 students will be given designated slots with Miss Milburn to discuss their flight path, and options for further and higher education.


Careers Flight Path

  Careers Overview

Careers Lead – Jodie Milburn


At Essa Academy we believe that high quality careers advice, guidance and support are key in preparing students for their next steps in life and to manage those vital stepping stones from learning, training and into the world of work.


We aim to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed and aspirational choices. As such, our programme begins with Year 7 students considering the world of work and the range of career sectors available to them; it ends in Year 11 with guidance and support to help students make the next appropriate steps for them, whether that is sixth form, FE college or apprenticeship.

At Essa Academy we have a fully qualified and registered Careers Adviser – Ms Milburn, who ensures that our students are given high quality, impartial information, advice and guidance in line with the Department of Education statutory guidelines and the Gatsby Benchmarks:


A stable Careers Programme: Essa Academy will have an embedded programme of careers education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.​

Personal Guidance: Every student has the opportunity to see a qualified careers guidance practitioner, who is trained to an appropriate level and is a Registered Practitioner with the Careers Development Institute.  This adviser is available whenever significant study or career choices are being made, and timed to meet students' individual needs from Year 7 to Year 11.  This can be through Careers Guidance specific appointments or through the Drop In service.

Learning from Careers and Labour Market Information: Every student and their parents/carers will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.  They will have the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

Addressing the needs of each student: Our students do have different career guidance needs at different stages.  Opportunities for advice and support, will  be tailored to the needs of every student.  Our careers programme will embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Linking curriculum learning to careers: All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers, and stem subject teachers should highlight the relevance of stem subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

Encounters with employers and employees: Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about the world of work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.  This will be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes, and the Essa Experience.

Experiences of workplaces. Every student will develop first-hand experiences of the work place through work visits, work shadowing and work experience in Year 10, to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.

Encounters with Further and Higher Education: All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them.  This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities, and apprenticeships.

Our careers programme will include access to information from a range of FE colleges, universities, employers, STEM ambassadors, and apprenticeship providers.


There are a number of websites available to both students and parents that can help provide information and advice.


For up to date information about careers go to the Essa Careers Connect blog -


Careers Information:


National Careers Service:







Guidance for Parents:


Parental Guidance:


Careers Advice for Parents:





Information and apprenticeship vacancy service –

The Apprenticeship Guide –​

FE College:


Going to University and other alternatives:


Which? University:

Excellent resource providing a wide range of stats and facts about every University course, including student satisfaction and average graduate earnings

The Good University Guide:

Website providing detailed information on the University league tables.

Not Going To Uni:

Very useful resources and guidance for those students not wishing to continuing their studies at University.

UK Course Finder:

Useful data base of degree courses.


Developing Employability Skills:

Life Skills:

Very useful website providing information to help young people develop their employability skills



Very comprehensive website with information ranging from University advice to taking a gap year. Even has a section entitled ‘No Idea’ for the many students who haven’t yet made up their minds!


Wessex Information Network (WIN):

Wide range of resources and activities to support young people making decisions about their future.




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