All Lower Sixth students will take part in the school’s work shadowing programme, spending a week in employment during the final week of the summer term.
In order for this to be a useful experience, students will be fully involved in the process: speaking to staff, family and friends about potential placements; contacting employers to discuss the possibility of spending a week with them; and reflecting on their experience by compiling a report on their week. They will have the support of their tutors and other staff in doing this.
The benefits of this scheme are many. It allows students to:
- Make confident initial contacts with the world of employment in a supported environment
- Test out particular career areas for themselves
- Make contacts that may lead to informal mentoring, internship during university years, or graduate employment
- University admissions tutors regard relevant work shadowing as a positive sign of an applicant’s commitment and, for some degrees, it is vital component of the application. We would advise any students planning to read a vocational degree (medicine and other medically orientated degrees, dentistry, veterinary science, teaching, law, business or finance) to check university websites for specific work experience requirements.