Merchant Taylors’ School Careers

The Careers Department has a three-person team which is housed in a purpose built facility adjacent to Reception, but most importantly at the heart of the School. The full-time Head of Department is assisted by two colleagues, one of whom takes a lead in organising specific events, the other oversees Young Enterprise and Work Experience.

The role of the department is to help your son build a solid foundation for his future career management. By helping him to understand his aptitudes and abilities, skills and interests we aim to support the transition from school to university and then into the working world. Part of the whole school’s commitment to encouraging breadth of opportunity and motivation to follow his passions, we aim to translate his time at MTS into education and career decisions that will be rewarded with fulfilment and success.

Particular strengths of the Department include

  • Careers programme involves all boys from Year 7 to Year 13
  • Strong links with OMTs at University and beyond who regularly come back to their "Alma Mater" to share experiences and offer advice
  • Personal careers interviews available to all boys on request
  • Careers activities incorporated into core curriculum and co-curricular programmes
  • Integration with pastoral system to provide personalised support and guidance throughout boys' career journey through school
  • Close ties with Sixth Form to align university/other destinations after MTS with career plans
  • Dedicated work experience coordinator helps support boys to find relevant opportunities across a wide range of industry sectors
  • All boys plus their parents have individual meetings with Careers staff in Year 11 to review Morrisby profile feedback and review A level/career plans
  • Close contacts with alumni and other employers provide opportunities for careers insights and advice through wide variety of events and meetings
  • Participation in Enterprise events at each school stage culminating in setting up their own businesses to compete in national Young Enterprise programme in Year 12

Each year group has a Careers Programe which is modified and updated annually as necessary in the light of pupil feedback.

Careers & Enterprise Day (Revision Week): Focus - Developing Core Employability skills including:

  • Communication/Presentation
  • Teamwork
  • Planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial thinking
  • Working under pressure

Careers & Enterprise Day (Revision Week): Focus – Developing Core Employability skills including:

  • Communication/Influencing
  • Teamwork
  • Critical Decision making
  • Negotiating

Careers Inspirations Day (Spring Term): Focus - Understanding the world of work & educational pathways through:

  • ‘Speed networking’ (interviewing OMTs and parents about their careers )
  • Hands-on Experience workshops lead by external partners: Insights into careers in Healthcare; Engineering; Law; Media; Sport

Careers & Enterprise Day (Revision Week): Focus – Refining Core Employability skills:

  • Personal Qualities for business
  • Teamwork & roles
  • Communication/Pitching for business
  • Creativity & Strategic thinking
  • Working under pressure

Morrisby Profiling (Summer Term):

  • On line profiling assessments taken by all boys

Careers Convention (Autumn Term):

  • Learning about Careers from OMTs/OSTHNs

Morrisby Follow-Up Interviews (Autumn/Spring terms):

  • Feedback on Morrisby Profile (for all boys and their parents)
  • Career suggestions & academic requirements are explored

Careers Learning (during PSHE Lessons):

  • Focus on work-experience, cv writing & developing interview techniques

Work Experience (Summer):

  • Undertaken in the Summer after GCSEs have been sat

Careers Convention (Autumn Term):

  • Learning about Careers from OMTs/OSTHNs

Morrisby Follow-Up Interviews (Autumn/Spring terms):

  • Feedback on Morrisby Profile (for all boys and their parents)
  • Career suggestions & academic requirements are explored

Careers Learning (during PSHE Lessons):

  • Focus on work-experience, cv writing & developing interview techniques

Work Experience (Summer):

  • Undertaken in the Summer after GCSEs have been sat

Career Management Day (Autumn Field Day)

  • How to market yourself and get what you want!

Individual Support (Ongoing throughout the year):

  • Support with work experience, cvs, applications, careers advice
  • Apprenticeship applications support