Careers

Merchant Taylors’ School Careers Service

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.

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

Third Form

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

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

Upper Third Form

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

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

Fourth Form

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

Fifth Form

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):

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

Work Experience (Summer):

1.    Undertaken in the Summer after GCSEs have been sat

Divisions

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):

1.    On line profiling assessments taken by all boys

Lower Sixth Form

L6 Carousel (Spring/Summer terms):

•    Reviewing Morrisby (preparation in advance of UCAS application)
•    Updating cvs & practice interview techniques

Higher Education Convention (Spring term):

•    “Taster Lectures” & advice from University representatives

University Choices (Spring Term):

•    Learn about universities, courses and the realities of student life from returning OMTs.

Young Enterprise (September – June):

•    Run a business & compete against other schools

Individual Support (Ongoing throughout the year):

1.    Support with work experience, cvs, applications, careers advice

Upper Sixth Form

Career Management Day (Autumn Field Day)

1.    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