Oak Grove College Careers

Everyone has a career. A career is not a job and it is not only about work it ‘is an individual’s “journey” through learning, work and other aspects of life’.

During your time at Oak Grove College you will look at ways to understand and define ‘career’. We all have a distinctive set of qualities and interests.

You will consider what your qualities and interests are and how you could develop them. We are all learning new things – Some of these things will make us better at hobbies, some at learning, etc. You will see how your skills are linked to the different jobs people do. 

There are many different ways of learning the skills needed for work You will look at education pathways and explore some jobs in your community. 

The careers lead for Oak Grove College is Carrie-Anne Sillence. If students, parents and carers or employers have any comments, feedback, suggestions or would like to get involved in our careers programme, please contact


Carrie-Anne Sillence

Careers Leader

Louise Jakeman

Louise Jakeman

Careers Advisor and Careers Coordinator

Level 6 qualified Careers Leadership

Undertaking Level 6 Careers and Guidance Diploma




We are passionate about delivering an inspiring careers programme for your young people. We are constantly seeking opportunities and feedback from students, teachers, parents, carers, governors, and our local enterprise coordinators working for West Sussex County Council Careers Hub, as well as local businesses and employers. 

This feedback is critical for us as it allows us to measure and assess our careers programme against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks as set out by Sir John Holeman Good Career Guidance | Education | Gatsby. 

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance 

In addition to feedback, we ask students to complete the Future Skills Questionnaire developed by the Careers and Enterprise Company which enables students the opportunity to reflect on their career related, knowledge and skills. This is completed annually in the Spring/Summer term and feedback helps us to: 

  • Identify barriers and areas for support 
  • Assess progress in career readiness 
  • Evaluate and further develop priorities for careers activity

Careers and Enterprise Company – About the Future skills Questionnaire 

Allyson Lucking School Governor:

“You surprise me at every meeting with what has been happening- you shoot for the stars now.” 

A Parent:

“I am really impressed with the pupil voice questionnaire and feel that this is the first time that “his voice” really reflects David as a person” 

A Parent:

“Charlie was in his element, thank you for making his dreams come true” 

A Student:

“I really enjoyed learning the rocky road and talking to the lady about her job” 

Mickey from Knight Removals shared with me:

“It feels really good trying to help others, giving something back and trying to make a difference!” 

Daisy’s from Dee Dees shared:

“I admit I was very nervous coming in today, but I feel very privileged to have met you all and cannot believe how many skills there are in one room, thank you so much for having me and I would say follow your dream as I haven’t looked back.” 

Careers Activities

We have included activities below to help older students in thinking about their next steps and to develop their CV writing skills. To encourage younger students to focus on the world of work, there is an A-Z of job roles research activity which students can develop further by finding out more details about a job of interest to them.


Where Next?


Click on the links below to explore the different options available after Oak Grove College.

Further Education Providers


 Click on the links below to visit the different provisions website.


 Click on the link below and visit Coast to Capital website to explore different jobs and local opportunities.

Looking for answers about your future careers?

Please click here

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

Hello Inclusion Board

Coast to Capital has created the following careers specific board with links to various organisations/providers. It also includes advice for our young people folowing the framework of the Gatsby Benchmarks.


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