John Madejski Academy Learning & Education


Planning your career journey is important, especially if you would like a smooth ride into your chosen career and/or higher education. The earlier you start thinking and planning your ideal career, the better. At JMA, we start exploring CIAG in year 7 and continue our journey through until the day you leave school, whether that is at the end of year 11 or year 13.

At school and at home, you will be expected to work on your ‘start’ profiles. Upload all CIAG documents to keep everything in one place.

Start includes the following:

  • A student profile: You build your profile and access personalised study and career information.
  • Modules: activities to guide you through the information on Start at the right time.
  • Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.
  • Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.
  • Employability action plan: You can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

Drop in sessions to see Miss Illingworth for extra support will be every Wednesday break time in A pod, room A13. You can also email for support on:

Below are a variety of links that will help support you on your journey.

CIAG (careers information, advice and guidance)

What different career sectors are there and how can I get into them?

Target Careers
Career Pilot
eCLIPS - password seeshi94

What will be required of me in different jobs? (A-Z of job descriptions)

Target Jobs - Job Descriptions

Need help with CV writing?

How to write a CV

Different ability tests you could be asked as part of the interview process

Online Ability Tests

Online Applications

Filling in Application Forms

How Can I Gain Work Experience?

In year 10 everyone will take part in work experience. This will really improve your chances of getting into a job when you leave school. Not only will it help support you, but it will also teach you valid skills and qualities needed to be successful in that industry. It may even tell you if that job is really for you or not.

To stand out even further though, we advise you take up as much work experience s possible, in many different industries.

What type of work experiences are available?

Work Experience - What you need and how to get it

Make the most of your work experience.

How to make the most of your work experience placement

Thinking of a Gap Year instead?

How to have a well planned Gap Year

The top 200 employers that school leavers go into

Top 200 employers for school leavers

What A level Subjects Should I Take?

What A level subjects should I take?

Interested in Higher Education?

University Hubs
UCAS Search
Degree Subject Guides

How does a university ranking system work?

What do University rankings mean?

How students review their universities

University Reviews

How do tuition fees and funding work?

University Tuition Fees & Funding

Need help writing your UCAS application form?

Applying for University

Important university application deadlines to be aware of

UCAS Deadlines & Offer Dates

How to make the most of university open days

How to make the most of University Open Days

Top 50 Most Popular Universities

Top 50 Universities

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