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Careers at The Burgate


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Our aim is for all students to develop a personal, realistic and aspirational action plan for their future career(s). We want our students to work independently, to research intelligently, and to benefit from appropriate guidance, in order that they will understand their future study and local market career options and grasp the link between their wider studies and the working world. By so doing, and through engagement in meaningful encounters with further and higher education establishments, employers and workplaces, our students will discover successful pathways for themselves as individuals.

We aim to make Careers a key part of day to day learning, delivered through every subject as well as through PSHE, trips and visits, and, vitally, the students’ own endeavours, networks and initiative, making use of tools and opportunities we provide along the way. We have designed our programme in such a way as to fulfil the government’s Gatsby benchmarks for careers provision.

Download our Impact Statement for 2017-18

Your imput is helpful as we seek to provide the best Careers guidance we can. Please contact our careers lead with your feedback or comments.

Our Careers Lead is: Mr M Cakebread  Tel. 01425 652039

To view our Key Contacts for Careers or to book a careers appointment, click here.

Read our Provider Access Policy Statement (Date of next Review: Summer 2022)

Lost? Confused? Don't know where to start?

Don't worry!

There are many great websites out there which can help you as you develop your employability skills, explore your options and make your plan.

Find out more...

An Overview of Careers at The Burgate

For Students - Career activities for each Year Group

For Parents - How to support your child

Employers - Supporting our students to become the work force of the future

Our Work Experience Scheme - more information for students and employers




unifrog logoAll students are provided with a Unifrog account.

Unifrog is an impartial, one-stop platform from which students can:

  • Access information about a wide range of different careers:

How to get into certain sectors (qualifications and skills required)
Prospects within those sectors (projected growth / decline)
Videos and other useful information

  • Access information about post-16 study options, apprenticeships and universities
  • Keep a journal of their achievements and how their employability skills are developing
  • Record careers action plans
  • Keep useful links to other careers related information sources in one place
  • Record action points from meetings with careers advisors and other key staff
  • Build CVs, prepare applications for university and apprenticeships

We will make time in school for students to update their Unifrog platform and to complete research, in order to develop their individual career plan

We encourage students (and parents!) to use the platform at home too!


Key Contacts

To request a careers appointment or for any other general careers enquiries, email us:

For enquiries about Year 10 or L6 Work Experience, please email


Who does what?
Careers Lead Mr Matthew Cakebread
Careers Link Trustee Mrs Jo Newbigging
Independent Careers Advisor Mrs Sarita Khosla-Malhotra
Work Experience Administrator Mrs Anne Baker
Heads of Year coordinate the actions of tutors; often a first point of contact if a student has a careers related query
Subject Teachers link careers to the curriculum
Assistant Head Heidi Shering

Note: whilst we will do all we reasonably can to offer help and advice, students should remember that they are ultimately responsible for shaping their own careers. Our most successful students have a fantastic track record of taking this responsibility.



Useful websites

See our Apprenticeship and Careers pages on our Sharepoint VLE for more information on current apprenticeship opportunities, work experience and job vacancies 

We are not responsible for the content of other websites.

National Careers Service

Hampshire Career Coach tool from Hampshire Careers Partnership

Go Construct - Career Explorer website - build your future as an Architect, carpenter, surveyor, electrician, bricklayer, engineer…

Barclays Life Skills

Work Ready Skills

Ansbury Guidance - Careers and Employability - for students living in Dorset


Careers Overview

Information for Students

Year 7
Starting my careers journey
Year 8
What skills do I need to be successful?
Year 9
What opportunities are out there for me?
Year 10
Breaking into the world of work
Year 11
Next steps post 16
Year 12
Apprenticeships, university, work… what’s next?
Year 13 
Making my next move


    • Click on the links to find out more about what questions and issues we address in the careers curriculum each year.
    • Whatever year you are in, you should have plenty of opportunities to get thinking about your future career, whether that’s in PSHE, assemblies, lessons, at home, or on the many trips and visits that we run. Make the most of every chance!
    • Ask your teachers about how their subject links to the working world. Develop your employability skills in every subject, every day. Be proactive!
    • Make careers part of your every day conversation. Develop a network of people you can speak to for advice – friends, family, local business owners… How can their experience help you?
    • Keep an eye on Firefly for opportunities we post that could be of interest.
    • Come to our annual careers fair to meet education and apprenticeship providers, along with local and national employers.
    • Get an appointment to talk to someone in school – email
    • Use your Unifrog account to research, record achievements, and develop your future job applications. It’s never too early to start this.
    • Remember: your future, your career, your responsibility.

Year 7   Starting my Careers Journey

Welcome to The Burgate! A new start in a new school, very possibly with new friends, quite probably with new routines, and definitely with new responsibilities. It’s a really exciting year you have ahead of you.

As young adults entering Year 7 you are now more than half way through your time in formal education, closer than ever to the working world, so it’s only normal that will also have some of your first opportunities to think about the future and start preparing yourself for it.

The steps you take now will set you up for future success, so make the most of it and relish every challenge!

Top tip: get into Unifrog early!

  • How much do I already know about the working world?
  • How do you ‘rate’ different jobs?
  • Why do people do the jobs they do?
  • Challenging stereotypes at work
  • A changing world?
  • How can Unifrog help me to find my way into the working world?
  • Is Year 7 too early to think about university?
  • How far have I come on my careers journey so far?
  • Be ready to present your findings!

Year 8   What skills do I need to be successful?

In a fast changing world, you are getting ready to do jobs that may not even exist yet! That could be scary or exciting, depending on your point of view. Well, one thing we can be sure of is that change is here to stay, so take every opportunity to develop your employability skills (in class and elsewhere) that can be used in every job, whether it exists yet or not.

With options coming up later in the year, you definitely need to visit the careers fair to get some ideas and find out what employers and training providers are looking for.

Top tip: make sure you are Learning For Life!

  • What skills are needed to do different jobs? How might this change in the future?
  • What do employers want? How do I know?
  • Job descriptions and skills required to fulfil them.
  • What are my skills and how can I develop them further?
  • Into which careers might my skills take me?
  • How does what I do outside the classroom develop my skills? How would an employer know?
  • How can I ‘read between the lines’ to understand what a job advert is looking for?
  • How can I use Unifrog to help me record my skills?
  • Moving forward, and thinking about options, what skills do I most need to work on?

Year 9   What opportunities are out there for me?

By the time you reach Year 9 you will be ready to take some more responsibility. You should start thinking about your WEX placement for next year even now. There is a world of opportunity out there to explore, and there’s something for everyone. Be ambitious and aim high!

What am I interested in? What am I good at? What is my passion? Where are the opportunities that best fit my skillset, and how do I set about finding them?

Finding the answer to these questions will require some quality research, networking skills, and a good measure of perseverance.

The time you spend on Unifrog will come into its own here.

  • What do different colleges and sixth forms offer?
  • What about apprenticeships?
  • How do I get the most out of visiting a careers fair?
  • What is the job market like in our area and beyond? How can I use that information?
  • How do I do a cost versus benefit analysis of different jobs?
  • What are the pros and cons of going to university?
  • How do I develop a network that helps me find my way?
  • How are my employability skills developing?
  • Looking ahead to next year, what jobs might I like to be mock interviewed for?


Year 10   Breaking into the world of work

You’re a year into your GCSE courses now. Year 10 is where things get even more real and you sharpen your focus on the future.

The mock interview process will prepare you for the task of finding and securing a work experience placement. WEX is a great opportunity to explore avenues you might be interested in, to gain some initial experience, and to get something impressive on your CV to set yourself apart from the crowd. Who knows, you might even get talent spotted for a real job or apprenticeship (it does happen!).

Successful (i.e. employable!) people will…

  • be proactive and start early
  • be resilient and cope with set-backs
  • take responsibility and do it for themselves
  • Where am I going and how will I get there?
  • What advice can you give me about WEX?
  • How do I write a good letter of application?
  • How can what I have done so far in Unifrog help me create a killer CV?
  • Help! I’ve got an interview!
  • How might a careers fair help me with preparing for WEX?
  • What skills do I need to secure my WEX placement? How am I showing them?
  • How can Unifrog help me prepare for WEX?
  • Who is responsible for my health and safety at work?
  • How do I deal with stress effectively?

Click here to go to the WEX at a glance page


Year 11   Next steps post-16

All the groundwork you have done up to now will set you up for the task of considering the best way forward in your post-16 education. Obviously your GCSEs are pretty significant in this context, and they will play a key part in what choices you have. Whether you take the 6th form route or go for an apprenticeship, you will need to demonstrate that you are a candidate worth choosing. Building on what you learnt through the Year 10 WEX process will be important here.

Moving on from Year 11 you will need to be ready for even greater independence and responsibility. How will you ensure that you are prepared for that?

  • Where am I going and how will I get there? Review your plan.
  • How am I fine-tuning my employability skills?
  • How might the careers fair help me decide the best way forward?
  • How do I write a good application for college?
  • What will my school leaver’s reference look like?
  • What do I know about apprenticeships?
  • How can what I have done on Unifrog so far help me with writing a good personal statement or CV?
  • How do I get the most out of my meeting with our careers advisor?
  • How do I deal with conflict in the workplace?
  • How can I make sure that my working relationships are healthy?

Year 12   Apprenticeships, uni, work… what’s next?

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 Year 13   Making my next move

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Information for Parents

Careers is arguably one of the most important things your child will do during his/her time at school/college. Our students are closer to joining a rapidly changing working world than they ever have been, and their working careers will be significantly longer than their lives in the world of education. So it’s only right that we’re committed as a school to encourage them to find the right way forward for them as individuals, and to develop employability skills that will stand them in good stead for whatever the future might hold in store for them.

How can you help us to help them in this vital mission?

  • Talk about careers regularly at home
  • Encourage students to network with employers, training providers or anyone else that can help them to develop their skills or give them good advice
  • Check out what they are up to on Unifrog
  • Visit our November careers fair, or any others you know of
  • Give us feedback on what has been most or least helpful in our provision, and/or share tips from your own experience
  • If you work for an employer that would be willing to support us as a school in our careers provision (e.g. workshops, site visits, assemblies, work experience, networking opportunities, etc), please get in touch with us at


Information for Employers

 If you’re an employer and you have made it to this part of our website, we’re particularly glad to see you! We would really value your support as we seek to develop the value-adding workforce of the future.

We would especially like to hear from you if you could…

  • Share an inspirational story about your own career journey
  • Share exciting news about how your sector is developing
  • Open the doors of your organisation for our students to gain a ‘real world’ perspective (e.g. visits, work experience placements, etc)
  • Attend our careers fair, workshops, networking events or assemblies to meet our students, talk about routes into your sector and inspire the next generation
  • Give us feedback on the skills we should be seeking to develop in our students to make them work ready for the future

For more information about our work experience scheme, click here

If you would like to support our endeavours in the form of sponsorship in return for a weblink on this site, do get in touch with us by email:



Work Experience

For information on this year's Work Experience scheme, click here.

Work experience – at a glance


  • A statutory requirement which takes place in the penultimate week of Year 10 and Year 12
  • A great opportunity to gain real world experience and set yourself apart when you apply for courses or jobs
  • A chance to show that you have the skills to engage with the real world
  • Prove your passion and motivation
  • Might just inspire you!
  • Could lead to you getting a real job
  • Research and secure a placement by CSW deadlines
  • Take responsibility for hitting deadlines for paperwork
  • Start the process early – doing it last minute doesn’t work


  • WEX placements take place for one week in July
  • A chance to check out and develop potential employees or apprentices
  • Inspire the next generation
  • Must have current Employer’s Liability insurance in place
  • Placements and tasks need to be age appropriate and demonstrate that suitable Health and Safety measures are in place
  • Will be visited or called by school / college during the placement for feedback on Year 10 student performance
  • WEX may be a chance to develop the mentoring skills of your own staff

Work Experience FAQ's

Question: Do I have to participate in the work experience programme?

Answer: Yes, all Year 10 and 12 students have to take part. It’s the law!

Question: Can I work with my family?

Answer: Yes, though we will have to make sure that the placement is suitable. Our advice would be to try to get a placement elsewhere though, in order to broaden your experience.

Question: Will I get paid while on work experience?

Answer: No. However, some employers may offer a free or subsidised lunch. One or two students have been given money for the job they have done in the past. And you might even secure paid employment as a result of WEX.

Question: What happens if I am ill?

Answer: You must contact the employer and school as soon as possible on the day of your absence to notify them. Any unauthorised absence will be dealt with in the usual way.

Question: Can I do my work experience at any other time?

Answer: As a rule, the placement needs to be done in the allocated WEX week. In some occasional special circumstances, flexibility may be possible, but you should check very early in the WEX process.

Question: Can I extend the placement?

Answer: In agreement with parents and the employer, the placement can be extended into the holidays. Parents/guardians will need to take responsibility for the student during this time as the school will be unstaffed.

Question: Can I complete my work experience outside the UK?

Answer: Theoretically, yes. Obviously the Health and Safety side of things and Employer’s Liability insurance aspects will need to check out, plus the cost may be prohibitive.

Question: I can't decide between two placements. Which one shall I pick?

Answer: Why not do two placements? Pick your favourite one for the official WEX week and organise another placement in the holidays.

Question: I’m in Year 10 and the company I have chosen only offers placements to over 16s. What can I do?

Answer: Keep the company in mind and once you turn 16, and apply for the placement in Year 12.

Question: Can I do more than two work experiences?

Answer: Yes! If you have a few job ideas in mind and can not decide which one you prefer, we strongly encourage you to complete as many placements as necessary (you do have a lot of holiday time). There is no limit!

Question: What should I wear?

Answer: Please discuss the dress code and jewellery policy at your interview or contact the employer before the placements starts. Be professional. Avoid short skirts and crop-tops, scruffy trainers, provocative logos... anything you wouldn’t see your Head of Year wearing in school.

Question: I have more questions about WEX. Who do I contact?

Answer: See your Head of Year, your tutor, your careers advisor, or just email