Careers Introduction

At JCoSS our students, achieve, are enriched and inspired to go on to the next part of their career journey. The careers team constantly work with teachers, parents and students to ensure that every student has access to the very best guidance to make well thought through, informed decisions, allowing them to excel in whatever career path they choose to pursue  

JCoSS has a careers team lead by the Head of Careers, full team information below:

Head of Careers – Mr Michael Sawyer
Head of UCAS and Destinations – Tamar Burman
Careers Adviser – Joanna Greatwich

JCoSS meet the Baker Clause.  If you are an external provider, we would love to hear from you!  Please contact the Head of Careers.

If you are an external provider of vocational courses we would love to hear from you! To discuss further how this can be delivered please contact the Head of Careers.

Provider access policy

If you are a parent or carer and would like to contact the careers department please do so by contacting the Head of Careers.

For a copy of our Careers Education policy, please click here.

JCoSS careers provision overview

Students at JCoSS have the opportunity to use the Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) provision within the school. This is delivered through Kvutzah lessons, assemblies, form time, enrichment, external visits as well as specific Careers and Work Related Learning activities throughout the academic year.

To see a detailed breakdown of the events within each KS please click on the links below:

Gap Year

A Gap year offers you the opportunity to take a year between your studies, often at 18 and after level 3 qualifications (A Levels or Cambridge Technicals). As well as giving you the opportunity to broaden your life experiences, discover different cultures and learn new skills to boost your employability, it also gives you time to consider and reflect on your next steps.

JCoSS runs a Gap Year Fair for Year 12 with providers from a range of areas including Raleigh International, Net2work, Multiverse (formerly Whitehat) and many of the Jewish youth movements. Testimonials include:

“We visit lots of schools all across London, and the ones that stand out are the ones where students come up to us and ask us thought provoking questions – and we got just that. A very inquisitive bunch! The students asked us questions about the benefits of doing an apprenticeship and how this compared to the traditional university route… one student in particular was proactive enough to ask for work experience too. Thanks for having us”. Multiverse (formerly Whitehat)

 “It’s always a pleasure to visit JCoSS… The students I spoke with were always polite, engaged and eager to discover more about our impactful and adventurous Expeditions. More importantly, they were all open to the possibility of doing something different. That makes my job a joy because I know that all it takes is one conversation to trigger a drastic change. And that’s exciting!” Raleigh International

Useful websites

Best gap year
Lots of information about gap year jobs, courses and projects from the best UK gap year providers, including projects in conservation, teaching, TEFL, sports coaching and expeditions

Masa Israel Journey
An extensive programme that offers a variety of gap year experiences to young people in Israel, including internships, teaching, study and volunteering

Offers an extensive list of the latest opportunities from organisations dedicated to internships, volunteering and gap year travel.

National Careers Service
Useful information on things to consider when taking a gap year and includes gap year ideas for those wishing to stay in the UK

Provides thought provoking information for those considering taking a gap year, including pros and cons, practical tips and suggestions for inspiration.

The Complete University Guide
Useful information about deferring entry to university

University Destinations

The class of 2021 performed extremely well, showing resilience in trying circumstance to secure a wide range of impressive destinations for the next step in their careers journey – this included universities, apprenticeships and the IDF.

Two thirds of students who went to university secured spots at prestigious Russel Group universities including 5 at Oxford and 4 at Cambridge.

Students went off to study a wide range of subjects with Business, History and Psychology based courses proving the most popular.

We wish all students the very best in the next step of their careers, whatever their destination and stay in touch to provide ongoing support as and when needed.


Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) is an important part of the careers advice and guidance that young people should receive.  There is no one stop shop for LMI as the list below will show.

Click here for the latest statistics about the labour market in Barnet.

Click here for the latest statistics about the labour market nationally. 
Scroll down to see information on London and the South East including emerging areas of employment.

Below (in no particular order) are 14 sources of LMI plus a few extra that require more work with a bit of commentary for each of the tools.

Graduate earnings
This tool uses a linked data source Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO). It includes tax, pupil and benefits data. You can explore graduate earnings by gender, subject, cohort, and years since graduation. All the earnings data is in January 2017 salaries to make it comparable across cohorts.

Where the work is
This tool uses data from job sites to show which occupations have the most job openings in an area. It goes further by saying how many of these jobs are available to school, further education or higher education leavers, and has a measure of salary. By combining salary with jobs it gives each occupation an opportunity score for the selected area.

Earnings by region
This lively infographic uses earnings data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and breaks the data down by local authority.

Earnings by occupation
This tool allows you to compare the pay of different occupations. It also forecasts the growth of that occupation. It is part of the LMI for all project.

Earnings by occupation and gender
This tool from the Office for ONS (Office National Statistics) allows you to compare gender pay gaps by occupation.

NOMIS is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics is a good source of headline LMI. Here is the LMI for Barnet

Monthly regional LMI from ONS
Every month the ONS updates the labour market statistics. Their website has had major investment recently and the usability and commentary around the statistics make them very accessible.

Concentration of industry by region
This tool shows the relative distribution of jobs by industry and by region.

This is the official university LMI website, containing data from various sources including earnings data and course satisfaction ratings.

Centre for cities
As the name implies, this site is focused on cities. It contains a wide variety of data including housing, skills, jobs and employment, welfare and demographics.

This site features videos of people in various professions. It also pulls in labour market information from the LMI for all project, including salary data.

Glass door
This is a job site, where users leave commentary on companies including salary data.  Other job sites can be just as useful for local LMI.

Risk of automation
This is a good example of a tool one may not think is LMI. Originally a BBC news story, it functions as a source of LMI too by allowing you to see the chance that a job will be automated. Instead of advice on what jobs to do in the future, advice on what jobs not to do might equally be useful…

Can a robot do your job?
This tool is similar to the BBC tool above but requires a bit more information and was developed more recently.

With thanks to Jonathan Boys for information from his blog