A Full-Time Job

By Evette Hawkins, Careers Department, 7 July 2015

It’s certainly been a busy term for the Careers Department, with a whole range of events organised to help students decide upon their future options for careers and further study. It feels like students have only just arrived and started getting used to the idea of A-Level study, when we are talking to them about leaving and moving on elsewhere. For most students the two years pass very quickly and there’s much to consider during that time. In the past term alone, we have organised the “Three Day Programme” of careers events, as well as briefings for students and parents about Oxbridge entry and higher education finance. This is alongside our rolling programme of support for university and employment applications, including general tutorials and specific support for all sorts of different groups of students such as aspirant teachers and medics or those seeking to organise a gap year.

The Three Day Programme involved taking a whole year group off timetable so that they can take part in a structured programme of sessions to help them develop their career and academic aspirations. Sessions include guidance regarding progression onto second year study in all subject areas, as well as a huge range of visiting speakers. These included local arts professionals talking about their career paths and  visits from industry specialists in everything from banking and accountancy, to Fashion, Media, Sport, Law, Food, Hotel Management, Journalism, Physiotherapy and The Armed Forces.

A key part of the event is input from a huge number of representatives from Higher Education providers – from as near as The University of Essex and as far as Harvard ! (hence the accompanying Harvard crimson Football Team helmet). To give an idea of the scale of the event, there were 24 sessions purely devoted to the completion of a university application ’Personal Statement’, delivered by representatives from seven different universities.  In fact, when you add up everything delivered over the three days, the total reaches approximately 700 sessions!

 Well done to all concerned! It was especially gratifying to see so many of our former students, who have gone on to further achievements in their academic and professional careers, come back to advises the next generation of students.