Higher Education & Careers
Abilities All pupils are encouraged to try and identify career paths that match up to their own abilities and skills. It is important to consider which GCSE subjects you achieved well in, but non-examinable skills (soft skills) are equally as important. For example: • • • • • •
Are you able to communicate well with others? Can you persuade others? Do you possess powers of leadership? Are you the sort of person who wants an active / outdoor career? Do you have practical skills? Are you a good team member?
It is important to note that our successful Futures Programme will help pupils develop these abilities throughout their time in the Sixth Form (see page five or the Futures Programme insert included with this booklet). Interests Pupils should think about what careers they might find enjoyable and deeply satisfying. People often do best at things in which they have a real interest so it makes sense to consider careers from the point of view of each pupil’s own interests and hobbies. Throughout their time in the Sixth Form, pupils can access the latest information on Higher Education and Careers, either in the Careers Department upstairs in the Library or the Sixth Form Centre. Additionally, updated and useful links and advice can be found on the related school intranet pages. Mr Manoj Chitnavis is the Higher Education Advisor and Mrs Ruth Cheesman is the Careers Advisor. They are able to offer guidance and advice at any point during the year. This can be via email, phone or in person in a one-to-one or group meeting. Higher Education research should certainly be started early in the Lower Sixth. Time spent at this early stage will ensure a relatively straightforward passage through the university admissions procedure in the Upper Sixth.