We realise the pressure schools are labouring under now that careers guidance provision is to be assessed by OFSTED, and we equally understand how hard it is to access quality, independent careers guidance which will guarantee both student satisfaction and high marks from OFSTED
What puts us apart from all the other organisations operating in the dense but confusing careers landscape out there: We do not charge, and we do not disappear. We understand that some young people need extra support, and we are there to provide this.
We stress that our service is primarily aimed at schools with high percentages of pupils qualifying for Free School Meals, along with high Pupil Premium, within disadvantaged areas.
“The value of having an organisation such as MyBigCareer working with Cardinal Pole Catholic School has been of enormous benefit. Deborah and her team have supported students in a diverse range of activities, including: Support for UCAS Applications, insider information on access to certain courses and universities, grade re-alignment, information on fairs and events. In addition, Deborah and her team have provided information on accessing work placements, work experience, internships and work shadowing. This has included a range of prestigious placements, often in industries where placements are difficult. Her knowledge is vast, her contacts numerous!
Deborah and her team have provided accurate advice and guidance to students, often either challenging them to be even more aspirational, with support, or helping them to see the bigger picture and to look at alternative but valid routes into their chosen field.
Deborah has also provided INSET to staff on a range of issues and top tips, including when admissions offices open on results day. Her contribution is greatly valued and has really supported our access to Higher Education and the aspirations of our students.
This is validated by our local MP; ‘For the last few years I have hosted networking events for local sixth formers to open up ideas for future careers. I hope that having secured a Hackney base for this charity run by whirlwind careers expert Deborah Streatfield we can ensure that Hackney pupils get the best advice to make the right career choices.’ Meg Hillier”
Jane Heffernan, Headteacher, Cardinal Pole Catholic School
“I would like to take this opportunity to state what an invaluable role MyBigCareer have played with university applications and careers at SNS over the last two years. Since we started working with them the number of students that have progressed to Oxbridge has risen dramatically. In 2012/13 (pre-MyBigCareer) 2 students went on to Oxbridge, 4 students went last year with their help and this year we have had at least 6 offers. They offered support for this process through help with personal statements and most recently in conducting mock interviews for all the students who applied.
Beyond the Oxbridge group, MyBigCareer were incredibly generous during our HE/Progression week and sent volunteers who gave career interviews to all of our year 12s – offering them advice on courses, universities, alternative options and wider reading. The feedback we received from the students was very positive. MyBigCareer also sent volunteers to SNS on results day in August 2014, these people were instrumental in guiding a number of our students through the clearing process, helping them secure places at universities.
I have been the Director of Sixth at SNS for a year and a half and I can safely say that without the support of MyBigCareer that time would have undoubtedly have been a much tougher. Thank you.”
Stewart Hesse, Director of Sixth Form, Stoke Newington School
“In our context, the challenge is always to make our students believe more in themselves and stop thinking that the best opportunities are for others and not them. MyBigCareer went straight to the heart of this and raised our students’ sights in a single conversation. It’s a vital first step in taking charge of their futures.”
Peter Brown, Headteacher of Top Valley Academy in Nottingham
”The workshops delivered by Deborah and her team at My Big Career have been unanimously acclaimed by our 6th form students as the BEST, MOST INDEPTH, MOST DIGESTABLE, and MOST HELPFUL personal statement workshops they have been to. The depth of university insight , the wealth of experience and knowledge was exceptional.
We have trialled 5 different workshops this year so far, and this differentiated, well delivered , time efficient personalised service was outstanding .
Don’t go anywhere else!”
Deborah Syme, Head of Sixth Form at Skinners’ Academy
”Deborah has worked with our students and staff for the past 4 years and without her invaluable, expert input our students would not have produced such outstanding personal statements supporting them to achieving places at the best universities in the country. Our Sixth Form tutors speak very highly of the workshops that she has delivered for staff. The ‘inside information’ has supported my team to ensure references are ‘Russell Group ready’ and I look forward to working with the MyBigCareer team on results day and again next year. Thanks on behalf of Petchey students and staff for your ongoing support.”
Sonia Green, Lead of University Gateway at The Petchey Academy
”We have found the services from My Big Career absolutely invaluable. The students were incredibly engaged in the ‘Going to Uni’ talk and loved having the ‘what to pack’ hand out to take way. The Year 12 transition talk was very well received and Deborah gave us some sage advise about how to choose universities and courses. The training for personal statement support and reference writing was so useful for our learning coaches who have not gone through this process before. Deborah is incredibly knowledgeable and I am 100% sure our students and staff learned a lot from her sessions.”
Holly Power, Assistant Principal at Chelsea Academy