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Careers

We aim to provide meaningful and purposeful careers advice to each and every pupil by providing access to relevant information in and outside of the school, creating awareness of employment, further education, higher education and career options.

Careers

About Our Careers Department

The Careers Department aims to equip pupils to come to a better understanding of themselves, their abilities and their weaknesses. We aim to provide meaningful and purposeful careers advice to each and every pupil by providing access to relevant information in and outside of the school, creating awareness of employment, further education, higher education and career options.

In order to ensure pupils make informed and considered choices about their future careers, pupils are advised individually about subject choices, courses and careers whenever choices have to be made. We use a wide variety of methodologies including formal teaching, independent research, group work and individual presentations to provide the highest level of information and experience possible.

Our Fourth Year pupils participate in a computerised system of careers guidance and have timetabled careers periods. During the summer term, Fifth Year pupils are given the opportunity to gain work experience in a variety of industries and professions. Pupils are given optimum use of the Careers Department and its resources and are encouraged to discuss their career options with peers, teachers, parents, friends and outside agencies.

Staff

Mrs Karen Evans (Head of Careers)
Miss Jane McAteer

Careers Information

Oxbridge: interviews as important as exam grades?

The universities of Oxford & Cambridge are placing increasing emphasis on candidates' interview performance. Large numbers of similarly high-achieving A-level candidates and universally glowing teacher references have made it so difficult to select applicants that the interview is increasingly gaining in importance. Applicants must expect to be able to 'think on their feet' if called for interview.

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Examples of questions asked of candidates last year:

"What is the population of Croydon?" (Cambridge applicant - Geography)

"How high can I go up a mountain having only eaten a Mars bar?" (Oxford applicant - Physics)

Quote from the founder of Oxbridge Applications:

"Tutors are understandably having to reply on the interview - what else do you do when a quarter of all A-level papers are now marked an 'A'?"

And a quote from Oxford University:

"One of the reasons for asking questions that require some lateral thinking is to really examine how a candidates thinks, rather than how they've been coached or what they've been taught. They are looking for raw aptitude, not polish."

Anyone wanting to test their lateral thinking as per Oxbridge-style interviews can do so online. Other sample questions include:

"Does a girl scout have a political agenda?"

"What is the purpose of comedy?"

"Should the use of mobile phones be banned on public transport?"

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Helpful links can be found below:

 

If you find another website that might be useful for other pupils please inform your careers teacher.

www.gapyear.com 
A starting point for those thinking of taking a year out.

www.ideasfactory.com 
A site for those interested linked to the 2005 Channel 4 'Ideas Factory'.

www.isco.org.uk
A site provided by the Independent School Careers Organisation (ISCO). An excellent site for parents and pupils which provides a great deal of advice and information, as well as details about summer courses.

www.opendays.com
Information on Open Days throughout the UK, with helpful tips and advice about making the most of them.

www.qaa.ac.uk
 
The the Quality Assurance Agency, providing information about standards of teaching and facilities at British Universities.

www.saas.gov.uk
Details on student finance for prospective Scottish students

www.ucas.com
 
The official website for the University and Colleges Admissions System (UCAS).

www.personal-statement.co.uk

Useful when writing Personal Statements or Section 10 (Downloaded packs can be bought and include a number of sample personal statements).

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