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Careers Resources

  1. Career View
  2. Post 16
  3. University
  4. Y10 Work Experience
  5. Y9 Options
  6. News and Events
  7. Volunteering

Job Sector Information

To find out more information about a particular career or career sector please click the link below to research your ideas further

Careers Derby - Labour Market Information

The link below is a fantastic local resource of videos from local Derby Employers and Business to offer Advice on all things to do with the World of Work including Top Tips on being successful at Interviews, creating CV's, Assessment Centre, T - Levels, getting that next job and much much more on local employers and what opportunities they have to offer young people.

Career Websites - Real stories to inspire your career - Real stories to inspire your career

Top Tips for Interviews

Top tips at Interviews -

How to prepare for interviews -

Interviews face-to-face, telephone and online -

Assessment Centres -

Psychrometric and ability testing -

Top Tips for CV

There are many choices and learning routes to consider Post 16 and a great tool to get you started is

Looking at going on to Sixth Form?

There are many Sixth Forms locally that you can consider, remember you are the customer so make sure you investigate very carefully to find the one that best suits your needs and that you will feel comfortable attending.

You will need to think about:

  • The courses they offer
  • The methods of assessment- coursework/exam etc
  • The facilities they have to offer
  • The size of the place
  • How you are going to get there

If you want information on individual Sixth Forms and the courses they offer see links below.

Former students have progressed to a number of Sixth forms, some of which can be found here:

Thinking of going to university? Before making any decisions, get clued-up on the reasons to go, what life is like and what it's going to cost.

Why should I go?

Going to uni will make you more attractive to employers and you'll have loads of new experiences. You'll get to study your favourite subjects in more depth, and if you study away from home you'll find out what independent adult life is like. But uni isn't for everyone. It can be expensive and stressful.

What should I study?

Doing any degree shows employers that you're smart and motivated - important skills for any job. The main thing is to study something you want to learn more about. Talk to your teachers or careers advisor. They'll advise you on which university subjects are best for your personality, skills and abilities.

Can I afford it?

At the moment, average student debt can be as high as £30,000. You may get a bursary and a student loan but tuition fees, rent, food and nights out all add up. Many students have to work part-time to cover their costs.

What is student life like?

You're expected to study hard, but uni is also fun. The social scene is buzzing around and you'll make new friends and try new things. It may be hard being away from friends and family though, and money will be tight so make sure you know how to budget.

Can I get a good job without a degree?

While some jobs require a degree, there are plenty that don't. You will need a degree if you want to study something specific like medicine. You are likely to start on a lower wage without a degree.

There are many options for school leavers. Distance learning is a good way to get a degree and avoid debt as you can have a full-time job and study in the evenings. Some universities offer scholarships or can give you additional money towards your study. There is the option of studying abroad with many universities across the world teaching a huge spectrum of courses. Tuition fees are often a lot lower if you study abroad and you get to experience living in a new country. Other options post 18 include Higher Apprenticeships, taking a Gap Year and Volunteering.

Higher Education

UCAS - this website will give you information about which courses are available, and an idea of current entry requirements. It also contains direct links to the websites of most UK universities to help you find out more.

Universities are often ranked in league tables compared by things like student satisfaction, entry standards, research quality or graduate prospects. This is a useful way to get more ideas and information about the courses and universities you’re interested in. You can even find out more about how much you might earn after you’ve graduated!

Local Universities:-

University of Nottingham -

Nottingham Trent University -

Derby University -

University of Sheffield -

Sheffield Hallam University -

Loughborough University -

For more information...

5A*-C which must include English and mathematics between the numerical grades of 4-9 and grade B/6 for the individual subjects that students wish to study.

For subjects not studied at GCSE, an associated subject will be looked at.

Work experience is extremely useful when applying for further education, apprenticeships or employment. We are introducing the offer of Work Experience at Murray Park to Year 10 who will have the opportunity to go on 1 week of work experience in the spring term. The following information is about the best way forward in securing work experience.

Securing your work experience placement

Work experience is a great opportunity to try out different jobs and different types of workplaces to get an idea of what you might like to do when you finish education. Most employers are eager to help young people get a foot on the ladder.

Where to start?

Start by thinking about what your interests are and what you think you might be good at. For example, if you love sport, you might want to see what it’s like to work in a gym or with a sports physiotherapist. If you know you want to be helping people you might want to try out a caring profession like healthcare or working with the elderly.

It’s a good idea to brainstorm lots of ideas first. You can do this with friends or family. Get everything down on paper to start.

Check out who does what you’re interested in

If you’re really not sure how your interests match up with different jobs, use ‘Careers Web’, our Online Careers Resource Centre’. It has got lots of profiles on different jobs. These will help you define what it is you’re keen to explore.

Who’s around?

Once you know you’re interested in a particular type of work, you need to see who does this in your area. You can search Google or look in the yellow pages. There’s a directory of companies at It’s always worth checking to see if they have a website so you can learn more about the company before approaching them. The website might provide details of who to contact about work experience or provide the name of the HR Manager if they have one. That’s a good person to target.

Also, talk to your classmates, family and friends and ask around. That’s called networking and it’s a really good way of finding out what’s out there. Someone may be able to introduce you to someone who can provide a placement.

Don’t assume that the big companies won’t have you. Many are willing to offer work placements if you send a polite, well-written letter.

Next steps

Once you’ve identified a few ideas, done your research and have a contact, draft a letter that explains who you are, what you’re interested in and why you’re asking for work experience. Tell them the dates you’re available. Hopefully they will respond, but if you don’t hear anything after two weeks, you can follow up with a phone call to check that your letter was received and see if they were able to offer you a placement.

If they do, let school know immediately so we can start the process of confirming and checking the placement. They may want to interview you, so let the school know about that, too.

Don’t be discouraged if they say no. Just keep trying new possibilities and keep the school posted on your progress.


Lots of employers tell us they really hate it when parents ring up and try to arrange placements for their children. While sometimes it’s difficult for students to use the phone during the working day, employers would so much prefer to hear from students themselves.

If you’re curious about a business but not sure you feel comfortable approaching them, why not go and have a look. You can always ask in person. If they can’t answer, ask for the name of the person they should write to. Be sure to look smart if you’re going to approach them directly.

Make sure you proof read your letter – or get someone else to. Showing that you’re conscientious about spelling and punctuation is a good indication that you’ll be conscientious when you’re on a placement.

Please click the link below for a copy of the Year 9 options booklet for 2020.


Throughout the year the ACE (Aspirations Careers Employability) team organise different events inviting external organisations into Murray Park School. These include:

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Local Employers
  • Apprenticeship Providers

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Toyota Apprenticeships 2020 VACANCIES NOW OPEN !!

Apprenticeships at Toyota aren’t just about gaining a qualification. You’ll experience real hands-on work which will enhance your problem solving skills and develop your confidence & knowledge within a maintenance role.

You’ll start your career working in our on-site World Class Apprentice Academy which combines the sales and manufacturing side of Toyota in the UK. The academy is filled with Apprentices from all over the country in different stages of their scheme. This offers the opportunity to learn from experienced members and develop yourself within a friendly team working environment…So why not join a career that’s made to last!

Please click the following link:

Rolls-Royce Apprenticeships 2020 VANCANCIES NOW OPEN !!

Your first step towards a brilliant career

Going straight from school to college or university isn’t for everyone. Apprenticeships give you the freedom to start your career straight after your school exams. Gain valuable qualifications, and earn a salary at the same time.

We see our apprentices as the future of our business. We invest in learning and development programmes to equip you with the skills, knowledge and support you need to reach your full potential.

WOMEN INTO ENGINEERING 7th November 2020 5-7pm @University of Derby

Progress to Technology

Open to female students from Y7-Y13 can attend the Women into Engineering event on the 7th November with parents/carers and will need to book on using the link on the flier.

The project is a pilot and is a collaboration between the University of Derby, Bombardier, Rolls Royce, Derby College and Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (DMUTC) to offer a programme of activities (twilight sessions and half term events) that give students the opportunity to try out various fields within engineering and technology, use specialist facilities and meet people who share their interests. Students will also get the chance to meet experts who are teaching and working in engineering and technology roles across the city.

By taking part in the programme, students will be the first to hear about any opportunities or events the partners are delivering and will build experience for future university and job applications. It is open to learners from Y7-Y13.


on Friday 31st January 5.30-8pm at the Education Centre at Entrance 14 of the Royal Derby Hospital. Widen your career options and go and find out about the wide variety of roles available in the NHS


Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things a person can do but it can also put you ahead of the game when applying for university, apprenticeships or employment.

Why Volunteer?

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:

  • Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Help the environment
  • Help others less fortunate or without a voice
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Developing existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhancing a CV
  • Improving employment prospects
  • Gaining an accreditation
  • Using one's professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)

For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • A chance to socialise
  • Getting to know the local community