Welcome to the Careers website

Year 11 Parents – Careers Update – September 2017 click here


Useful careers website links 2018


How to write a CV


A Curriculum Vitae, usually called a CV, shows what you have done with your life so far - your education, training, work experience and skills in a nutshell.

The aim of the CV is to present positive information about yourself in a way that makes the employer want to meet you. It takes time to produce a good CV.  You can write a number of different CVs depending on what you are applying for, ie. Work experience or a Saturday job.  Always be keep your CV up to date.


The National Careers Service operates a telephone advice service for all young people aged 13+. 

Call 0800 100 900 to speak to a National Careers Service advisor (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers. The National Careers Service also has a website with useful careers and subject choice information; you also can contact a careers advisor using the Live Web Chat service:



In this interactive careers programme your daughter can complete an interest guide called My Future.  This will then suggest a list of jobs for her to investigate further.  There are videos, information sheets and professional organisations’ details for her to research. –  See the bottom left hand corner box on the home screen for a video about how to use Kudos or to download a User’s Guide. 


All Sydenham pupils Years 8 to 13 have a personal log in to Kudos. 

The Username is their Sydenham School email address.  The Password is Kudos2017. (Capital K) - Barclays LifeSkills is an excellent website full of advice and information about skills for work; applying for jobs; managing your money; film yourself answering job interview questions, etc.  The young people gain “points” as they complete online tasks.  The “points” then give them an advantage when applying for work experience with Barclays Bank. - Independent careers website offering a wide range of advice.  Comprehensive section on young people’s choices at 14, 16 and 18. - Government website about apprenticeships.  Apprenticeships are where you earn and learn at the same time. On an apprenticeship, you receive real on the job experience as well as gaining a qualification.  Apprenticeships are available at Level 2 or 3 from 16 years upwards.  Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can be done from age 18.   There are now apprenticeships in a wide range of areas including nursing, training to be a solicitor, childcare, engineering, IT, business administration, finance/banking to name just a few.  To search for live apprenticeships, register for an account here: 



UCAS Progress

Use this website to research where your daughter can studying a particular subject.  It is especially helpful for Year 11 pupils because they can search for academic and vocational courses from pre GCSE (Level 1) right up to A Levels / BTEC / UAL Higher Diplomas. The Search criteria covers local courses up to courses 40 miles away. - Information on Higher Education/University Courses. This website indicates the entry requirements for all university courses. - This site has comprehensive information about a wide range of opportunities for young people who do not wish to go to university including apprenticeships, gap year opportunities, volunteering, internships and school leaver programmes.


Employment Restrictions for Children

For information about the hours that under 16 year olds can be employed in part-time jobs see: - The Education and Learning section of the official government website.  This provides a range of information about student choices, student finance, and apprenticeships including advice for parents and carers.


Contact details:

Mrs Fiona Taylor, Careers & Enterprise Coordinator

020 8699 6731 x442



Employability Day 2017
Work experience

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