Careers Newsletter: December 2022

Careers Spotlight: Railway track worker

When you talk about jobs in the railway industry people tend to think about train drivers, but there are thousands of people working in the background to make sure the trains continue to run safely including the track maintenance crews.

Railway track maintenance crews work may include:

 Inspecting and repairing railway tracks, bridges, tunnels and viaducts



You'll use hand tools, pneumatic drills and welding equipment. For major repairs and to lay new track, you'll use heavy machinery.

You'll normally work in shifts covering days, nights and weekends, in all weather conditions. You'll be given protective clothing like reflective overalls, a hard hat and safety boots. For safety reasons, there are strict policies on drug and alcohol use and you could be tested at any time.


This role would be ideal for someone with practical and mechanical work, excellent team working skills, and an awareness of safe working practices on the railways.

You'll need to have good eyesight and be physically fit, as you'll have to pass a medical before you can start training for this role.

If you want to find out more about this please click on the links below

Boosting your CV

So what is a CV?  CV is short for Curriculum Vitae and is a short document which summarises your unique skills, character, experience and achievements.  

For students it can feel difficult to know what to write as you haven't had the time to build up the experience that employers always seem to want.

In this section we will look at ways of making your CV stand out for future employers so you can get that dream job.  So far we have looked at  ideas such as attending after school clubs and work experience placements.  This month we consider what many think of as the core of a CV, your academic achievements.

Make the most of your academic achievements:

Most people list their GCSE and A-level results, but very few make the effort to make their qualifications stand out. For example, if you’ve been highly commended for a particular project or assignment, why not mention it on your CV?

Although your CV should follow a set structure, you should also do what you can to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Think about the order you list your qualifications, putting the best qualifications or the ones that you want to draw attention at the top of the list is often a good idea.

The link below will help you put together your CV

Careers in Hertfordshire: Construction

Hertfordshire has a booming construction industry. The 11 councils which make up Hertfordshire are planning to deliver 100,000 new homes by 2031, and plans are underway to invest into transport, infrastructure, schools, healthcare and more. With a spurt of new job opportunities set to arise from major development zones across the region (such as Hemel Garden Communities and Harlow and Gilston Garden Town), as well as projects needed to support construction’s role in reducing carbon emissions, it’s an exciting time to be working in the sector.

Hertfordshire is home to a large number of construction employers ranging from large multi-national organisations including BAM, Morgan Sindall, Clarion Housing, Willmott Dixon, Align (the organisation responsible for HS2), Kier, AECOM, Skanska and Volker Vessels and smaller businesses who might operate in specialist areas such as Hertfordshire Building Control, MCP Property Maintenance, Green Building Design and AVV Solutions who specialise in building restoration.

There is also huge construction demand from London, as well as other areas close by, that will draw on the Hertfordshire workforce. The construction industry also needs finance experts and administrators, sales, marketing and customer service support, human resources specialists and employees experienced in buying (procurement) and supply chain (logistics).

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Current Opportunities

This month we opportunities available in accountancy, the construction industry, hair and beauty, estate agency, healthcare and the BBC

Insights: Your Guide to Construction Careers 2022 

This event will be held between 5.30pm and 7.00pm on Wednesday, December 7th 2022. 

 This event has been designed to showcase the huge range of careers within Construction in the region. Our volunteers will be able to give you a real understanding about the environmental challenges that we face, and the solutions they are coming up with to tackle them. The volunteers, from a range of different career paths, will give an excellent insight into their work. 

This virtual event is open to all students from Years 8 and above, as well as their parents / guardians, and has been designed to allow students to:

 · Interact and connect with some of the region’s leading Construction sector employers

· Learn about pathways available to a career in the Construction sector, including apprenticeships and graduate opportunities

· Find out about different jobs and opportunities

In order to register a place, please click on the following link: 

Careers Opportunities at KPMG 


Have you ever wondered how major business leaders make some of the most important strategic decisions? 

Does working on some of the world's most high-profile mergers and acquisitions sound exciting? Who do you think provides them with professional services and advice to be able to execute these deals?

KPMG is one of the most prestigious professional services and accounting firms in the world. They offer audit, tax, legal and advisory services to enable brands to grow, succeed and maintain their global status. Forming one of the Big 4, KPMG has some huge profile clients, such as PepsiCo, Barclays and Pfizer. KPMG operates in over 150 countries, with over 200,000 employees, with revenues in excess of £30 Billion a year. 

On Monday 5th December from 5PM - 6PM we will be hosting our first event of the year with KPMG; this virtual webinar will be held via Zoom so you can join us from anywhere in the country! This fantastic evening will give you an insight into what KMPG do and what a career at such a huge global firm can look like. They will be sharing tips on how you can succeed in your future, and we will be hearing from top professionals who will be sharing their personal insights to a Big 4 firm. 

Providing such a range of professional services all in-house, makes a lifetime career at KPMG so exciting and vibrant, full of opportunities. Future ‘you’ could be auditing or advising global brands like Rolls Royce, Unilever or even Royal Mail!

If you’re interested in a high-flying career at one of the Big 4 - you don’t want to miss this event! To find out more on how you could begin your career at KMPG…

Click here to sign up now: 


THURSDAY 1st DECEMBER 2022 (4:30pm) 

We have all had customer experiences with Hairdressers and barbers and almost certainly

know someone who has enjoyed some form of beauty therapy. Additionally, Hertfordshire’s

fast developing Film and TV industry requires media make-up artists.

If you have ever considered a careers in Hair, Beauty or Make-up then this webinar will help

you to gain a better understanding of the variety of roles and the entry routes into them.

Hair and Beauty courses are available at each of our four FE Colleges in Hertfordshire but

on this webinar we will be joined by teaching staff from West Herts College – all of whom

have extensive industry experience prior to joining the college. They will therefore be able to

share their own experiences with you and also talk about the courses on offer and the

natural progression routes.

Registrations are now open and can be accessed via HOP - 


THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER 2022 (4:30pm) 

Registrations are now open and can be accessed via HOP - 

Free Allied Healthcare conference 

I am delighted to announce that Allied Healthcare Mentor is launching it’s first ‘Insight into Allied Healthcare’ conference on Saturday 10th December! This is a FREE, VIRTUAL event, and your students in years 10/S3/NI11 - 13/S6/NI14 are invited!

Registration Link: 

Our Chief Nurse Mentor, Abbie Dickinson, will be joined by health professionals across the NHS to share their insight into how to get into healthcare and what day-to-day life is like in their respective careers.

Abbie will be joined by:

We encourage you to make the most out of this rare and unique opportunity.

BBC Apprenticeships:

The BBC’s award-winning apprenticeship schemes could be your students' chance to start an exciting career across a wide range of areas in the media industry.

With opportunities across the UK, in the fields of technology and engineering, production, business, and journalism, there’s a place for them with us at the BBC.

The early careers schemes are for anyone aged 18 upwards, whether they're a school leaver, a career changer or anything in-between!

Vacancies on all schemes are open now for a September 2023 start.

If you are interested, please click on the link below