Bright Futures & University Guidance
Throughout their time at the Sixth Form all students attend workshops and talks on:
Making post-A-level choices: the right university course; appropriate routes into the right career for them.
Understanding the job application process: internships; CVs and interviews. This includes a chance to have an individual mock interview with visiting experts.
Specific careers, through workshops with a variety of visiting speakers.
All students can also have a careers interview with Mrs Ferguson at any time. These are friendly and informal, with an emphasis on helping students to take responsibility for their choices and access the help and information available to them.
We also have some useful interactive Bright Futures programmes on the school intranet that can be accessed at school, or from home. They are designed to help you find out about which careers and courses might suit you, and to discover more about individual career areas. Log on to the Bright Futures page of the school intranet to find out more!
CV & Interview Preparation
Leaving school with a good CV and interview experience is increasingly important.
While only 10% of degree offers are dependent on interview, to increase their prospects in the graduate labour market, we would encourage our students to apply for internships or paid work during their long university holidays. A good CV is crucial to this.
All students can take part in mock interviews during the summer term of their lower sixth year.
All Upper Sixth students applying to courses for which they are likely to be interviewed (eg. medical, Oxbridge, or teaching degrees) will be offered practice interviews to support their application.
For further help, see the links below or browse the books in the careers library.
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.
Head of Bright Futures Programme