KS4 Student Information

BBC Ten Dots Zoom Workshop – by Olivia Bowden 10MU

During our music class, we had a video meeting with two professionals involved with the BBC musical orchestra. During this call, we completed exercises based on concentration, were taught about possible career pathways within the musical field and received motivation and inspiration towards a possible future career in music.

We were taught different key skills which are required within the job of being a professional musician, which links in to our school’s key values and what we are taught in careers during tutor time. This involves punctuality, concentration, leadership skills, along with the ability to maintain unity/work well in groups and the ability to follow instructions, in this case by the conductor. These were described as “transferrable skills” as they are skills we develop throughout our lives and use on a day to day basis, but in this case focused on music. For example, the quality of togetherness in a band or in this case an orchestra is represented by the need to pool the instruments and musicians together so that they synchronise, resulting in a singular specific sound being delivered to the audience.

We discussed career roles in the musical field which included a wide variety of jobs within the performing/on stage perspective and the backstage/supporting perspective. One key example mentioned was teaching. Other job roles involved working in recording companies, artist management firms, artistic planning, the backstage crew (for example lighting control/ tech support and instrumental transportation) and this could just be centring around a particular artist. Other jobs could include working at the venue for example festivals and concerts, including security, catering, and volunteers.

As well as finding out how to get involved with the music industry, we picked up some great tips for aspiring professional musicians. We were told that accidents can happen sometimes in the industry, yet it is best to carry on until the end, unexpected incidents could also occur during performances such as someone becoming ill/ fainting and we were taught ways to maintain composure and concentration, along with receiving reassurance that support staff will assist those in the audience in need of help.

We listened to information about the orchestral department. We were taught to be prepared and constantly watch the conductor. Conductors can drift from the rehearsed order and alter things depending on how they feel in that particular moment within the music performance, linking back to the key values, which in this case are composure and concentration.

To conclude, the video conference gave us a clear insight to the musical industry through interactive games, activities, advice, and reassurance. We felt as though we had a better understanding of potential jobs along with strategies to achieve our goals if they were related to music. Hearing from a professional was reassuring and we were able to ask and answer questions throughout the session. An activity we did was based on synchrony and concentration. We played different tones and pitches and were asked to repeat the beat by touching our heads shoulders and knees, then we were told to switch this round by making each represent a different pitch, encouraging focus and concentration. We were also asked about our own interests based on the subject and our tastes in music, as well as instrumental and technical skills we display within our classes.

University of Sussex will be offering virtual workshops on the following subjects during the 2020-21 academic year.


Further information will follow:

STUDY SKILLS
Aimed at: Year 10 & 11
Length of talk: 45 minutes

This interactive workshop is designed to help students investigate how best they learn and will equip them with a set of skills to maximise their potential. During the session, they’ll have the chance to investigate a range of areas relating to study skills, such as revision styles, how the brain works and how to structure revision sessions.

STUDENT LIFE
Aimed at: Year 10 & 11
Length of talk: 45 minutes

What’s it really like to be a student? This session outlines the realities of being a student at university, and explains the truths and common misconceptions outlined in the media. Highlighting the balance of academic work and social life necessary for success, this talk is often delivered by our Graduate Intern or Student Ambassadors.

CHOOSING A COURSE AND UNIVERSITY 
Aimed at: Year 10 & 11
Length of talk: 30-45 minutes

This is an interactive session designed to encourage students to think about how they might choose the perfect course and university for them.  Covering the vast range of options available to potential undergraduates, it advises students on teaching methods, course content, extracurricular opportunities and entry requirements, in addition to highlighting the importance of research through the likes of prospectuses, open days, and a range of websites.

  

THE RUSSELL GROUP

Churchill College Cambridge

University of Cambridge Virtual Open Days

FROM CHURCHILL COLLEGE

Online Resources

In light of being unable to run visits as usual, we have set up online versions of our core schools and colleges liaison activities at http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/study-us/undergraduates/schools-and-colleges-liaison, and the pages linked from it. From these, individuals can access a number of sessions, including virtual visits.

Students and parents who are interested in admission to Churchill should check out https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/study-us and the pages linked from it. In particular, you can find information about:

• degree subjects, http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/study-us/undergraduates/subjects 

• typical offers, http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/study-us/undergraduates/typical-offers 

• super-curricular exploration, http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/subjectexplore

• post-16 subject-choices, http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/subjectexplore

• FAQs, http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/study-us/undergraduates/faqs

One link which we feel may be of great help to prospective applicants is the following pdf which gives a breakdown, by subject, of suggested wider reading and super-curricular activities:

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/publications/super-curricular_suggestions_1.pdf

 

What's My Line - School Event

estimonial from Helen Giles - Business and Legal Affairs Manager at the BBC

“This was a great event offered to students to find out about a wide variety of careers…..the students at Willingdon were very respectful, came with well-prepared questions and were engaged throughout the event”

Get Career Confident


Sussex Learning Network & Elev8Careers has recently launched ‘Get Career Confident’.

Get Career Confident is a personal careers programme running in schools across Sussex. Using a mix of face-to-face careers advice, specially curated lesson materials and an innovative social media campaign, they engage young people and their families in a comprehensive programme of information, advice and guidance.

The programme includes lots of new supporting resources that are free to use by teachers and advisors. These can be found on the dedicated website www.getcareerconfident.co.uk

They are also posting regular advice and guidance, tips and local information online via the following channels:

Parents - follow them on Facebook @Get-Career-Confident
Students - follow them on Instagram @ GetCConfident


Future Roles:  Click here for local industries with expanding roles to see what employment opportunities there are locally:


Becoming more employable

Gaining more employability skills will help you to get ahead in your career. Good grades in your GCSEs are really important, especially in maths and English. But employers also want people with good team working and communication skills, a positive and professional attitude and who are ready to work hard and show initiative. Use your free time to develop those skills. Click here for some suggestions - your confidence will grow as you gain experience: