Careers Education

The Future of Work 2020-2030 post Covid : Where Are The Job Opportunities For Young People?

Covid-19: Job losses and declining industries

Covid-19 has transformed the world of work - changing workplace practices such as the prevalence of homeworking and leading to mass job losses across sectors.

According to a report by McKinsey, Covid-19 has put over a quarter (26%) of European jobs at risk. In the UK, every sector of the economy has been hit by the pandemic, with reports suggesting that the worst-hit industries have been hospitality (pubs and restaurants), culture (theatres), construction (housebuilders), manufacturing and cars.

“School is the place where all students, whatever their family background, can get unbiased information, advice and guidance on the whole range of career pathways.”

Sir John Holman 2018
Gatsby Foundation

At Cressex we recognise that being “work ready” is just as important as the qualifications you hold.  Throughout their five years of compulsory education, students at Cressex will be given opportunities to develop and hone their employability skills through a range of events and activities; some internally delivered but many involving our trust partners and local employers.

In line with The Gatsby Benchmarks, Cressex School supports students with:

  • Year 11 Careers Day
  • Year 10 Aspirations Day
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 12/ 13 Work Experience
  • Year 8 Options Evening
  • Year 7-11 Academic Information Evenings
  • Dedicated Careers Library
  • Employer visits to lessons
  • Support with employability skills
  • Mock interviews
  • Year 9, 10 and 11 Living in the Wider World PSHE Day
  • Impartial information on Post 14, 16 and 18 course choices
  • Assemblies/seminars led by local employers, former students and career experts
  • Workplace and University visits (Bucks New University, Brunel University, Oxford Brookes)
  • Career Insight talks - all of Year 11/Sixth Form are entitled to at least one face to face session with a qualified Connexions Careers Advisor

For a full listing of our careers programme please see our Careers Programme.

One way to make your personal statement/CV stand out is to show that you have studied around your subjects. For example, you could try taking a free online course at FutureLearn.  Choose from hundreds of free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Browse by subject or start date, to find the right course for you.

Take a look at the following careers website listing to access a huge range of careers advice and information.

In addition, please read the Cressex Policy for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.