Careers 2017-09-07T11:24:57+00:00

Coloma Careers Programme

Coloma Careers Fair

We hold a popular careers fair bi-annually for pupils in Years 8-13. The latest one was held on 14th March 2017. Please follow this link for more information.


Equipping Coloma Students For The Future

At Coloma we recognise that young people in our schools and colleges today face a future that will be very different from that experienced by their parents and teachers. The statutory age for participating in education or training was raised to 17 years in 2013 and to 18 years in 2015. Opportunities in higher education and apprenticeships are changing rapidly.  Working life will involve more moves from one job to another than happened in previous generations, and will extend to a later pensionable age.  Careers in the 21st century will be quite different from those in the 20th century.  Finding “the right job” will be replaced by the need for young people to be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills and personal qualities to plan and manage their progression through learning and work. Access to expert and timely careers information , advice and guidance  will be important but on its own is neither  effective or efficient. Young people also need the knowledge and skills developed through CWRE to make good use of the guidance given and manage their own careers.  In short, the role of CEIAG/CWRE has never been more important than now.


Coloma’s Responsibilities & Approach

Coloma has a qualified careers adviser with extensive experience and knowledge in providing impartial guidance both in the independent and state education sectors.  Students in Years 9 – 13 have the opportunity to take part in a 1 to 1 guidance interview with our careers advisor.  This interview can include examining with the student, career ideas, different qualifications, learning pathways and higher education and what steps towards the students goals may be necessary.

Careers Seminars have been introduced as an effective tool to raise awareness of different professions. Coloma is very lucky to draw upon many of its former pupils who are willing to share their career journey from their time at Coloma to their current professional role. Many are also willing to be e-mentors to current pupils who are considering a particular career path. 


Career Matching Programs:

Fast Tomato (Yr 8 – 13)

A sophisticated careers and educational guidance program on the web – to help young people to make informed choices at their key decision points in Year 9, Year 11 and Year 13.  Fast Tomato appeals to our older students and those who are not discouraged with more in – depth questions and less colour. The end result is similar to Kudos where students’ responses are matched with potential careers.  Fast Tomato furthermore provides information about Further education and Higher Education which match a students educational / qualification profile.

Both programs have the following advantages:

  • highly interactive to allow individual research at a student’s own pace in the classroom
  • students can up-date their  ‘input’  in  their own time (program networked throughout the school) and of course can be used at home
  • ‘career matches’ identified  quickly
  • they challenge students perceptions of their likes/dislikes matched to careers
  • other career areas not previously considered by the student are identified
  • they provide a good starting  point to a discussion  with a careers adviser or teacher
  • they provide a very comprehensive occupational database for careers that students might have already considered

Key Stage 5 (Year 12/13)

HE Convention

UCAS run a number of Higher Education Conventions across the country. At such conventions over 100 exhibitors are present, the bulk representing universities and colleges across the UK with an increasing number representing EU providers. Other organisations such as the Armed Forces, African Conservation Experience, the Chartered Institute of  Legal Executives  are also present. To reduce travelling costs and loss of curriculum time during the day, Coloma traditionally attend this event at either Sussex or Surrey in the Spring Term of Year 12. Students undertake some preparatory work prior to the visit so that their visit is both focused and purposeful.

POST 18 Conference

This is a 2 day event run in the summer term of Year 12.

1 day  is devoted to an Interview Skills Workshop (run by an external education consultant) where students build on their knowledge and skills developed in Year 8  ( MIRG) and Year 10 ( Mock Interview)  Students explore the “ideal language” for an interview whether it be for college, university or the workplace. In their groups comprising interviewer, interviewee and observer, students are challenged to “present” and critically assess each others performance. During another part of the same day students participate in a “Workplace Awareness” workshop. This involves problem solving and team building activities working with external speakers which draw upon their expertise and experience of working with different organisations.

The 2nd day of the Post 18 conference is the Guest Speakers’ day which hosts 48 speakers during eight, 30 minute sessions. The students have a choice between 6 speakers who offer talks at each of the eight timed sessions. There is, therefore, an opportunity for our students to meet with up to 8 different speakers during the day and find out as much as they can about their areas of interest. Our guest speakers are drawn from a number of different organisations, businesses and universities. Coloma has strong links with ex-students who are either in careers or studying at university and, also keen and loyal support from a number of academic tutors representing Queen Mary London, University College London, St Mary’s Twickenham, Heythrop London,  Royal Holloway London, Kings College London, Brighton and the University of East Anglia.


Careers Fair

This is a bi-annual event at which in previous years over 50 organisations and businesses have been represented. It is a mix of academic and vocational careers  and a small number of learning and training providers such as John Ruskin, Jace and Virgo Fidelis.

This evening event is open to students in Years 8 – 13.

You will find a copy of our most recent Careers Fair participants on the link in the main menu for Careers Fair 2017.


Work experience

This is about giving young people real experience and knowledge of the workplace.

At Coloma, students have this opportunity at the end of their public examinations which is considered the optimum time both in terms of their maturity and personal development and minimising loss of curriculum time during Key Stage 4.  At Coloma, students work hard to find their own placements; they are encouraged to find contacts through family and friends. Students are on placement for 2 weeks during which time they are set a number of additional tasks to help them make the most of their time, for example, they write a report to highlight the good and challenging aspects of work, what they learnt about the organisation and the roles of employees, the employability skills they developed and their ideas for a future career.

In recent work experience programmes students have secured placements in the following professions:

  • Primary and Nursery schools
  • Medical
  • Veterinary, Law
  • Government Departments
  • Theatre
  • BT
  • Investment Banking
  • Beauty
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Travel & Tourism
  • IT solutions
  • Media
  • Fashion
  • Retail
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Nursing
  • Engineering
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Accountancy
  • Interior Design & Antiques
  • Events Management
  • Architecture
  • Public Affairs
  • Performance
  • Music
  • Television