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Our careers’ provision prepares pupils for the ever-changing world of work. We believe it is never too soon to start considering career options so throughout their time at School, pupils at St John’s receive a comprehensive programme of guidance towards their choice of university and future career. We regularly have careers’ talks from leaders in their fields or from recent graduates who can advise pupils on routes into their chosen profession. For example, in the past year we have had many speakers including a British film director, a designer from Dyson, The CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi plus a large number of speakers from more traditional careers. We also have recruitment specialists visit who give advice about CVs and how pupils can optimise their online presence.
The job market is becoming increasingly competitive and work experience is essential. Therefore we have launched a work experience programme where pupils are able to apply for work experience opportunities offered by parents, OJs and the wider St John’s community. Many top employers have introduced apprenticeships and college leaver programmes; therefore, in 2016-17, we will be hosting an ‘Alternatives to University’ evening, to which we will invite speakers from the wide range of industries that tend to offer these opportunities.
From the Fourth Form, pupils receive careers’ education as part of the personal, social and health education programme. Throughout their time at school, the support on offer becomes increasingly personalised to their needs and Upper Fifth pupils complete the Morrisby Careers Aptitude Tests, which is followed up with an interview with staff from the Independent Schools’ Careers’ Organisation (ISCO). Pupils are able to follow this process through to their university application by using the interactive programmes and their own web space on the ISCO Futurewise website. In the Sixth Form, pupils complete the Coursefinder questionnaire, receiving a comprehensive report giving information on higher education courses relevant to their aptitudes and interests. Also available to all our pupils are the resources of the Careers’ Library which include a wide range of computer-based materials and reference books on courses and careers, as well as full access to internet resources from the universities and UCAS itself.
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