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KS4 Careers Booklet Year 9 - Year 11


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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL GES Vision ˵Our school seeks to provide a learning environment which is caring, motivating and supportive allowing all cultures within the GES community to achieve their personal best and to become responsible global citizens.˶ GES Mission The Gulf English School aims to develop in each student an awareness of his or her intellectual, artistic and recreational potential and an understanding of his or her history. The school believes in the development of each student›s intellectual curiosity and is committed to academic excellence. To fulfil these aims, the objectives of the school are: • Promote academic, social, physical and personal development in our students. • Develop our students’ learning skills which will be of lifelong value. • Encourage positive risk taking in our students. • Develop creative skills and critical awareness in our students. • Encourage our students to become aware of and act upon their responsibilities, not only to themselves and their peers, but also to society in general. • Foster within our students a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-awareness and encourage respect and compassion for others. • Actively promote the preservation and protection of the natural world amongst all students. • Create programs, assessments and experiences that serve to unite the school and celebrate the distinctiveness of each campus community. GES Core Values A core value is a central belief clearly understood and shared by every member of the school community. • Supportive • Caring • Respectful • Responsible A member of the GES community: • Is knowledgeable of and curious about the wider world and seeks to broaden and deepen understanding. • Reflects upon his/her role and responsibility as a global citizen. • Is willing and able to communicate about culture, language and beliefs. • Is prepared to take action and to be an effective contributor. • Respects and celebrates diversity, language, culture and beliefs.

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET AGREEMENT BETWEEN GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR AND STUDENT Guidance Counsellors will: • Provide appointments to give careers guidance. • Offer dedicated specific sessions with specific homework tasks set for every session, so that students are aware of their IGCSE/BTEC options. • Provide guidance on career choices. • Inform parents about key careers related activities via letter or e-mail. • Encourage students to discuss with parents any material related to careers activities and to share information or advice given at key decision points. • Use the school portal and website to share careers information and advice with parents. • Provide access to research resources Firefly and Naviance. • Keep all application information securely and confidential within the counsellor’s office. Students will: • Attend all sessions on time. • Complete all homework set. • Take responsibility for completing assessments and university research and deadlines. • Discuss with parents their chosen subjects for Year 10. • Look into the various careers that may suit their ambitions. • Research careers they wish to pursue and share this with their counsellor. Parents will: • Support the student through each stages of the timelines. • Will access Firefly to check on student’s progress, and any other outstanding tasks. • Will encourage students to meet deadlines set by the counsellors. • Attend options evening and speak with counsellors if they have any questions or concerns.

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL COUNSELLING AND CAREER GUIDANCE INTRODUCTION Dear Students and Parents, Welcome to your careers guidance area on Firefly. Here you will find everything you need to help you make the right choice when choosing your subjects and thinking about the future in terms of career choices and university guidance. The Gulf English School adopts a proactive strategy in supporting their students in Career Guidance. Professional guidance in career and subject choices is a vital to help students achieve their career and academic goals. This area is created to help encourage the development of each individual in terms of developing the knowledge, skills and values that will support their future ambitions. We aim to support each student to reach their personalised goals which will enable them to leave school for a positive destination and pursue the career of their choice. The area includes all the information you will require to support you to complete the activities set by the counsellors at your appointments. You will attend 1 to 1 appointments with your counsellor and will be given a homework activity to complete. This homework must be completed before your next session with the counsellor. The Careers and University Guidance Counsellors are available from Sundays through to Thursdays. Your parents are also encouraged to actively take part in your university application process. ANNE MARIE RETIEF Lead Counsellor counselor@gulfenglishschool.com Telephone: 44478777 ext. 228 SAJID IQBAL Careers Guidance Counsellor Sajid.iqbal@gulfenglishschool.com Telephone: 44578777 ext. 278

ALEXANDRA JURGENSEN Careers Guidance Counsellor Alexandra.jurgensen@gulfenglishschool.com Telephone: 44578777 ext. 247

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Key learning outcomes

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES  Students explore and establish their suitability to • Students and establish their suitability to careers explore and understand the KS4 subjects that are careers and understand important to them. the KS4 subjects that are important to them.

• Students understand the factors important to making  Students understand the factors important to making informed decisions including learning style and career informed decisions including learning style and career aspirations. aspirations. • Undertake a realistic self-assessment of their achievements, qualities, aptitudes and abilities.  Undertake a realistic self-assessment of their achievements, and aspirations abilities. • Students build a qualities, picture ofaptitudes their career

and subjects as well as start to evidence understanding of key employability skills. 

Students build a picture of their career aspirations and subjects as well as start to evidence understanding of key employability skills. Year 9 Timeline 2018-2019 8

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Month

Action

School Role

Student Role

September 2018

College Fair

Counsellors to arrange college fair.

Attend college fair to gain a better understanding of the courses offered at universities in Qatar.

October/ January

University workshops (QF, QU etc.)

Counsellor to arrange drop in sessions weekly with all Qatar based universities.

Attend sessions to get insight of requirements and gain a better understanding of courses & programmes.

November 2018

Year 9 Careers Skills Online Assessments.

Counsellors to hold an ICT workshop for students to help identify career options and work related skills needed for careers.

Complete online tests, print and save them to their Firefly account.

January 2019

Year 9 IGCSE Subject guidance sessions.

Counsellors discuss subject options available in school. Explain how their IGCSE options will effect/influence their choice in year 12.

Attend 1-to-1 session and complete options form. Speak with family members regarding subject choices.

January 2019

Year 9 Options Evening. Family members invited to learn more about the courses offered at KS4.

Counsellors to meet with parents and also go through the skills assessment to provide them with a clear idea of their skills and strengths.

Attend year 9 Options Evening.

February 2019

Follow up 1:1 session with students regarding subject choices.

Counsellors to discuss and confirm choices for year 10

Book sessions independently.

March 2019

Careers Fair.

Counsellors to arrange Careers Fair. Invite universities and business organisations from Qatar and abroad.

May 2019

Preliminary SAT test.

Counsellors to arrange for interested students to sit a PSAT preparation examination to help give them a better understanding of what is involved in SAT exams.

Students to attend Carers Fair to gain a better understanding of courses offered at universities and speak with organisation representatives regarding career choices. Students to prepare for and attend exam.

Tuesdays

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET CHOOSING YOUR OPTIONS Your subject choices can have an impact on what you study at college or university, and what job you go on to in the future. So, you probably have a lot of questions. It’s easy to choose subjects for the wrong reasons. Avoid picking subjects just because: 1. You like the teacher – the teacher may change.

2. There isn’t much homework – that will change.

3. Your friends are taking the subject – it might be right for them, but not for you.

What subjects do you enjoy? What subjects are you good at? What do others think you are good at?

• Think about what you would like to do when you leave GES and find out what subjects are needed for your future.

• ASK if you need further information or help.

• TRY to keep open to as many future career options if possible.

• TALK to subject teachers for guidance.

• Discuss your choices with your PARENTS - they want you to do well.

• Your TUTOR, who will be able to advise you.

• Your SCHOOL COUNSELLOR, who will be able to advise you.

• Your SUBJECT TEACHERS can tell you what your strengths and weaknesses are in their subjects.

• Careers Websites listed in this booklet.

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL Choosing your pathway

CHOOSING YOUR PATHWAY

When going into Year 10, you will have theChoosing option ofyour studying either IGCSE or BTEC. pathway

When going into Year 10, you will have the option of studying either IGCSE or BTEC.

Do yougoing knowinto theYear difference and BTEC? Whichever decide to do in year 10, you When 10, youbetween will haveIGCSE the option of studying eithercourses IGCSE oryou BTEC. continue to study English, Mathematics, and Science. You have choicesyou regarding other subjects Do youmust know the difference between IGCSE and BTEC? Whichever courses decidethe to do in year 10,you Do you know the difference between IGCSE and BTEC? Whichever courses you decide to do in year 10, you study. you must continue to study English, Mathematics, and Science. You have choices regarding the other must continue to study English, Mathematics, and Science. You have choices regarding the other subjects you subjects you study. You must select something from every option block. study.

You must something fromfrom every option block. You select must select something every option block.

Circle the subjects you may wish to study in KS4. Circle the subjects you may wish to study in KS4.

Circle the subjects you may wish to study in KS4.

If students to study BTEC, they must also studyEnglish, English,Mathematics Mathematics and their If students wish wish to study BTEC, thenthen they must also study andScience Sciencealongside alongside chosen BTEC BTEC subjects. areare shown below: their chosen subjects.The Thechoices choices shown below: If students wish to study BTEC, then they must also study English, Mathematics and Science alongside their chosen BTEC subjects. The choices are shown below:

Circle Circle the subjects you may wishwish to study in KS4. the subjects you may to study in KS4. Circle the subjects you may wish to study in KS4.

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET Recommended Options Subjects

RECOMMENDED OPTIONS SUBJECTS Occupations

IGCSE

IGCSE

IGCSE

IGCSE

KS5 Subjects

Doctor

Chemistry

Physics

Biology

Biology Chemistry Physics *

Civil Engineer

Chemistry

Physics

Maths

Physics Maths Chemistry

Electrical Engineer

Chemistry

Physics

Physics

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Physics

Chemistry

Architect

Art

Journalist

Media Studies

Accountant

Business Studies

Statistics

Politics

Economics

History

Lawyer/ Solicitor

History

Pharmacist

Chemistry

Physics

Sports Science

Biology

PE

Physics Graphic Design

Art

Physics

Media English ICT

Business Maths Economics

English Biology

Chemistry Biology

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL Careers Guidance

CAREERS GUIDANCE Careers Guidance All careers guidance information can be found on Firefly. There are also some additional web links and activities that you can carry out. Log in to your Firefly account and select careers guidance from the student All careers guidance information can be on Firefly. There are also somesome additional webweb linkslinks and and All careers guidance information canfound be found on Firefly. There are also additional zone (see below). activities that you can carry out. Log in to your Firefly account and select careers guidance from the activities that you can carry out. Log in to your Firefly account and select careers guidance from the student zone (see(see below). student zone below).

There you will find the following clicking on each box will lead you to further guidance and information. youfind will find following clicking eachbox boxwill willlead lead you you to further information. ThereThere you will the the following clicking onon each furtherguidance guidanceand and information.

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Career planning helps you realise your ambitions — what you would like to do in your working life. A plan

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helps you focus on what you should do when thinking about a new career. It also helps if you would like to progress in the career you are in.

Career planning helps you realise your ambitions — what you would like to do in your working life. A plan helps you focus on what you should do when thinking about a new career. It also helps if you would  Whether you're looking for your first job or wanting to change career, there are a number of things like to progress in the career you are in. you can do that can help you make the best decision. Firstly, get to know yourself - your strengths,

• Whether you›re looking for your first job or wanting to change career, there are a number of things values, interests and ambitions. Next, do your research on your chosen job - make sure you know as you can do that can help you make the best decision. Firstly, get to know yourself - your strengths, much as you can what the job do is really and if it's right job for you. values, interests andabout ambitions. Next, yourlike research on the your chosen job - make sure you know as much as you needs can about what the job is really likeYou andneed if it›s right job for you.  Planning time and careful consideration. tothe think about: What you can do already • Planning needs time and careful consideration. You need to think about:  What • What you can already you would like do to do next  What • What you would like to do next else you need to learn • What else you need to learn 

Finally, get some advice from a professional - there might be other options or funding schemes open

• Finally, some adviceknow fromabout. a professional - there besomeone other options oras funding schemes to youget that you didn't And it always helpsmight to have impartial a sounding boardopen to you that you didn›t know about. And it always helps to have someone impartial as a sounding board to to check if you're doing the right thing. check if you’re doing the right thing. 

This book and the links below can help you to change or choose a career. There's advice for you if

• This book and the links below can help you to change or choose a career. There’s advice for you if you've just started to think about making a change or if you're looking for some last minute checks you›ve just started to think about making a change or if you’re looking for some last minute checks before leap. before you you taketake thethe leap.

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National Career Skills Survey

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How to find out your ideal career path

NATIONAL CAREER SKILLS SURVEY

Not sure what you want to do for your career? There are various websites you can access and they can be

How path foundto at find the inout theyour backideal of thecareer booklet. Not sure what you want to do for your career? There are various websites you can access and they can be at the in the back Website of the booklet. Thefound National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The Skills Health Check is a set of quizzes and activities designed to help you

The National Careers Service Website provides information, advice and guidance to help you make explore your interests and and motivations. Working throughCheck The Skills Health Check can you decide decisions on skills, learning, training work. The Skills Health is a set of quizzes andhelp activities designed helpmight you explore skills, interests and motivations. Working through The Skills Health what kind to of jobs be right your for you. Check can help you decide what kind of jobs might be right for you. You will be able to download your report once you have completed at least one assessment.

You will be able to download your report once you have completed at least one assessment. Action: log onto https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ you will see this page:

Action: log onto https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ you will see this page:

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Click the Skills Health Check option, then click personal skills/activity skillsand options and complete complete the ClickClick on the Skills Health Check option, then click onclick personal skills/activity skills options complete the on theonSkills Health Check option, then on on personal skills/activity skills options and

the tests. takes minutes. Oncecompleted youhave havecompleted completed test, the or tests. Eachtest test takes about 15 15Once minutes. Once you thethe test, youyou can can download tests. Each testEach takes about 15 about minutes. you have the test, you can download the download reportthe or report report or click on the PDF file and print it. Go through the assessment with your parents as well as the

PDF fileit. and it. Gothe through the assessment with your as well as the school counsellor. clickschool on theclick PDFon filethe and print Goprint through assessment with your parents asparents well as the school counsellor. counsellor.

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL List the main careers or jobs identified in the survey that you took recently. List the main careers or jobs identified in the survey that you took recently. Are you interested in pursuing any of these careers from the survey? YES/NO? If so, which careers you wantinto know more the test? Are youdointerested pursuing any ofabout these after careers from the survey? YES/NO? If so, which careers do you want to know more about after the test?

List some of the main skills identified in the skills test: List some of the main skills identified in the skills test:

are youabout? passionate about? What are you What passionate Have you discussed future career paths with your family? YES/ NO

Have you discussed future career paths with your family? YES/ NO If yes, what have your family suggested as a career path for you? If yes, what have your family suggested as a career path for you?

Log onto this website and take the buzz quiz, this will give you some helpful ideas of careers you can Log you ontowould this website anddo take the buzz your quiz, chosen this will career. give you some helpful ideas of careers you can pursue pursue and what need to to achieve and what you would need to do to achieve your chosen career.

Action: Log onAction: to https://icould.com/buzz/ You will see Log on to https://icould.com/buzz/ Youthis willpage: see this page:

How Do I Become A...?

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET HOW DO I BECOME A...?

As part of your homework, use the Internet to research what kind of education requirements are needed for a career you are interested in. Also, try to find out what kind of skills you might need for that career.

As part of your homework, use the Internet to research what kind of education requirements are needed for a career you are interested in. Also, try to find out what kind of skills you might need for that career. Career 1

Career 2

Career 3

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……………………………..

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Qualifications needed/length of training needed

Skills needed

Examples of current businesses/ employers in this field

What the career job entails on a day to day basis

Pay/hours/ working conditions/location

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL SKILLS AND CAREER MATCHING Match the skills and abilities to the career it best matches. You can only use each skills and abilities category once. 1. _______________ Notices details in things or pictures. Notices differences in shapes and colour. 2. _______________ Moves the fingers to work with small things quickly and correctly. 3. _______________ Notices details and finds mistakes in numbers, words (spelling), and punctuation in written materials, charts, and tables. Avoids mistakes when copying things. 4. _______________ Can look at flat drawings and pictures and see them in three dimension (high, wide, deep). 5. _______________ Moves the hands with ease and skill. Uses the hands in placing and turning motions. 6. _______________ Understands instructions (orders, facts, and the reasons for them). Able to reason. Closely related to school grades. 7. _______________ Moves eyes, hands, and fingers together to do a job quickly and accurately. 8. _______________ Understands the meaning of words and ideas. Uses them to communicate information and ideas clearly. 9. _______________ Does maths quickly and correctly. a. accountant b. architect c. art critic d. computer technician e. editor f. lawyer g. mechanic h. surgeon i. teacher

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Careers word search

SKILLS AND CAREER MATCHING ACCOUNTANT

ACCOUNTANT

JOURNALIST

JOURNALIST

DOCTOR

DOCTOR MILITARY

MILITARY

ENGINEER

FOOTBALLER

NURSE

PILOT

POLITICIAN

TEACHER

ENGINEER PILOT

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL USEFUL WEBSITES FOR YEAR 9 GCSE CAREERS GUIDANCE AND FUTURE PATHWAYS http://icould.com/watch-career-videos/by-job-type/

http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

https://www.plotr.co.uk/

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

http://www.ucas.co.uk/

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Key learning outcomes KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

 Build on their achievements, qualities, aptitudes • Build and on their achievements, aptitudes and abilities made at the qualities, end of Year 9. abilities made at the end of Year 9.  Students explore their post-16 options and their intended choices relate to preferred learning style • Students explore their post - 16 options and their andchoices future relate career to aspirations. intended preferred learning style and  career Students add to their knowledge and future aspirations. understanding and develop more detailed • Students add to their knowledge educational/career plans. and understanding and develop more plans.  Students anddetailed parentseducational/career understand the application process and entry requirements for their intended • Students and parents understand the application choices. process and entry requirements for their intended  Students capture the experiences and choices. achievements that will help them to stand out on paper and in the person. • Students capture experiences and achievements  Students create a research toperson. present that will help them to stand out onpresentation paper and in to their counsellor and parents during a family • Students create a research presentation to present to meeting. Year 10 academic timeline 2018-2019 their counsellor and parents during a family meeting. 22

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL Month

Action

School Role

Students Role

September 2018

College Fair

Counsellors to arrange college fair.

Attend college fair to gain a better understanding of the courses offered at universities in Qatar.

November/ January

University workshops (QF, QU, etc.).

Counsellor to arrange drop in sessions weekly with all Qatar based universities.

Attend sessions to get insight of requirements and gain a better understanding of courses & programmes.

December 2018

Introductory 1-2-1 guidance session.

Counsellors to discuss students start to KS4 and assist in filling out reflection worksheet.

February 2019

Year 10 2nd Careers Skills Online Assessments.

Counsellors to hold an ICT workshop for students to help identify career options and work related skills needed for careers.

Attend session, complete worksheet. Students to self-assess their skills and qualities along with identifying areas of improvements. Complete online tests, print and save them to their Firefly account

February 2019

Year 10 parents evening.

Discuss careers skills assessments and the reflection worksheet completed in September.

Meet with counsellor on parents evening

Inform parents of the character profile booklet presentation in March/April. March 2019

Annual Careers Fair

Counsellors to arrange Careers Fair. Invite universities and business organisations from Qatar and abroad

March 2019

Summer school programmes.

Counsellors to discuss summer programmes during assembly. Counsellors guide students through application process. Print transcript.

April 2019

Year 10 students to complete character profile booklet in preparation for student/ parent presentation.

Counsellors to discuss career options and consider the range of future options available to them.

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Students to attend Carers Fair to gain a better understanding of courses offered at universities and speak with organisation representatives regarding career choices Student to check with teachers that they have completed and uploaded the student’s letter of recommendation if needed. Ensure applications are submitted on time. Attend two sessions as well as complete booklet during form time. Booklet to be saved on Firefly.


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Individual student presentation with family members to discuss career options and plans for the future.

Counsellors to help prepare student for presentation and ensure character profile booklet is completed.

Prepare and present their findings to parents. Engage in dialogue so that all stakeholders are aware of student’s goals and career choice.

May 2019

Preliminary SAT test

Counsellors to arrange for interested students to sit a PSAT preparation examination to help give them a better understanding of what is involved in SAT exams.

Students to prepare for and attend exam.

(PSAT)

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL COUNSELLING / CAREER GUIDANCE SESSION Are you enjoying your chosen options subjects? YES/NO If yes, which subjects do you enjoy? If no, what do you find hard or which subjects are you struggling with and why? Do you feel you have chosen the right subjects? YES/NO If you had a chance would you like to replace or drop a subject in favour of another subject? YES/NO If yes, which subjects would you consider replacing/dropping? Have you spoken to your teacher, learning manager or parents? YES/NO If yes, who have you spoken to and what advice did you receive? Will you go onto study at university after you finish at GES? YES/NO If you answered no, what will you do when you leave GES?

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET Which career path do you intend to follow after university?

Which career path do you intend to follow after university? Do you feel the subjects you have chosen will suit your career path? Discuss. Do you feel the subjects you have chosen will suit your career path? Discuss. Summary / Evaluation:

Summary / Evaluation:

Plan of action: Plan of action: Action Plan

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL NATIONAL CAREER SKILLS SURVEY National Career Skills Survey

In Year 9, you carried out a series of assessments and tests and we hope you found the Skills Health In Year 9, you carried out a series of assessments and tests and we hope you found the Skills Health Check Check tools useful. What next? In Year 10 you will carry out further assessments and there are also many more assessments canIncomplete in your time. Theseassessments are shown and in the table tools useful. that Whatyou next? Year 10 you will spare carry out further there arebelow. also many more assessments that you can complete in your spare time. These are shown in the table below.

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET MY STRENGTHS You have been in Year 10 for a few months now, and we would like to know how you are getting along. Do you enjoy studying your chosen subjects? Would you have chosen another subject etc.? What are my favourite subjects? What subjects do I do best in? What are the things that make me unique? What do I value the most? My favourite thing about school is: Something I am proud of myself for being able to do well is: Something I wish I could do better is: Something I want to accomplish in the next year is:

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL MY WEAKNESSES (WHAT CAN I DO BETTER) What may be holding you back in school? (Communication, effort, peer pressure etc.) Which subjects are you struggling with? How could you improve your grades? What tasks do you avoid doing? In which areas do you need to improve in order to get the best possible results?

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Rewards and Accomplishments

REWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

List all certificates or achievements that you have gained whilst at The Gulf English School below. List as many as youorcan as you will need these to help youwhilst whenatapplying toEnglish summerSchool programmes Listexamples all certificates achievements that you have gained The Gulf below. and List to as many examples as you can as you will need these to help you when applying to summer programmes universities in the future. We have listed some examples to help you. and to universities in the future. We have listed some examples to help you. School

Awards

Student council

Maths award for best student in year 9

School Prefect Bake sale to raise money for Syria International poetry day

1st prize from English Department (poetry day)

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL List all activities and awards that you have achieved outside of school below. These can be anything related to

List all activities awards that youprogrammes have achieved school These can some be anything sports, activities,and clubs or educational overoutside the pastof few years.below. We have included examples related to sports, activities, clubs or educational programmes over the past few years. We have included to help you get started. some examples to help you get started. Activities out of school

Awards

Horse riding

Runner up trophy 2017 at Al Shabab race course

Member of the Al Saad under 17 football team

We won the Junior Emir’s cup in 2016

Fifa international under 17 tournament in

Came 3rd in the tournament. Received a bronze medal.

Kuwait Certificate received from Texas A & M Fame

Won the award for the best kite design.

Programme

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Going into Year 12

It is important you start thinking about what you mayYEAR wish to GOING INTO 12study when moving into Year 12. The range of courses and subjects are huge and you will need to speak with teachers, parents and the school counsellor to

It is important you start thinking about what you may wish to study when moving into Year 12. The whatand is right for you. AS,you BTEC IB will anwith impact on you parents as the subjects chosen will range discuss of courses subjects areStudying huge and willorneed tohave speak teachers, and the school counsellor discussyour what is right degree for you.inStudying AS, BTEC or IB will have an impact on you as the need to to match university the future. subjects chosen will need to match your university degree in the future. Course

Subjects

AS, IB, BTEC

Will these subjects help me when studying for my major? Yes/No Majors I am thinking of studying. List a few below.

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL My major(s)

MY MAJOR(S)

Please declare your major(s). Explain why you want to major in this discipline. We have included some

Please declare your major(s). Explain why you want to major in this discipline. We have included some to help you complete this section examples examples below tobelow help you complete this section. Architecture -

I have always wanted to be an architect.

- I love drawing and maths. - I love seeing unique home and building designs. Civil Engineering -

I love the practical side and hands on experience of this course

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There is environmental and architectural engineering under this major

Major 1: Major 1: Major 2: Major 2: Major 3: Major 3:

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET PREPARING FOR UNIVERSITY Choosing where to study is a complicated time and you need to ensure that this is going to offer you the best options. There are a number of things to take into consideration when you are making this decision. It is essential that you work with your parents on this research, as they have to approve of the choices you make. N.B. Qatari Nationals – please ensure that you check the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, approved university list for approved universities. Use the link below – note that this list changes around May every year so you will need to double check with your counsellor. http://www.edu.gov.qa/En/structure/HigherEducation/Universities_doc_En/SList2017v3.pdf List below the universities you are thinking of applying to. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL As of part of your homework, youmust must visit visit the admissions pagepage and look theiratrequirements for As part your homework, you theuniversity’s university’s admissions andatlook their requirements fordegree. your chosen degree. your chosen Fill out the requirements for each university you have listed

Fill out the requirements for each university you have listed University

IGCSEs

AS, IB or BTEC

IELTS

ACT

SAT

LOR

If you see your chances of admission as being quite low for a university to which you want to apply, what is your plansee foryour improving chances? If you chances your of admission as being quite low for a university to which you want to apply, what is your plan for improving your chances?

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET Plan of action & timetable

PLAN OF ACTION & TIMETABLE What is your TO DO list for between now and the end of the summer? Below is an example of the kind of

What is your TO DO list for between now and the end of the summer? Below is an example of the kind thingsyou youcan caninclude include for for your of things your plan planofofaction. action. Book PSAT= March Apply to summer programmes to get a better chance for admissions =April Speak with family to see if they would be happy for me to study abroad =February

What Do I Need To Do

When Will I Do It

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Roles and Responsibilities

Outline below what your expectations are for each person(s) roles and responsibilities in the college Outline below what your process. expectations are for each person(s) roles and responsibilities in the college research and application research and application process. Student

Parent

Example: Ask for help when needed. Work on personal statement and research ACT dates.

Example: Pay for entrance tests. Financial support. Encourage me to follow my dreams. Help me plan and book my tests.

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Counsellor

Example: Guidance and advice regarding university. Offer advice about good fit options.


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Letters of Recommendation

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION After you have researched your college/ university and the criteria, list the teachers you will ask for letters (no than three letters).your college/ university and the criteria, list the teachers you will ask for Aftermore you have researched letters (no more than three letters). This is also important for any summer programmes you may be applying to.

This is also important for any summer programmes you may be applying to. Please list below the the subjects and teachers lettersofofrecommendation. recommendation. Please list below subjects and teachersyou youare areasking asking for for your your letters Name of Recommender

Recommender’s e-mail address

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL LOOKING TO THE FUTURE My goals for the future are to What is your dream job? Why does this job appeal to me? What subjects in school will help me to achieve this dream job? My Special Qualities and Skills A quality is something that an individual possesses e.g. honesty, determined, positive. What qualities do you have? List at least 4 examples 1. 2. 3. 4. A skill is the ability to do something well at a particular task e.g. artistic, maths, ICT, and communication skills. What skills do you have? List at least 4 skills. 1. 2. 3. 4. 39


KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET CHARACTER PROFILE PRESENTATION Students will need to create a presentation with information required for a meeting with parents and counsellors. You have done a lot of work in the past few weeks and this information should help you to complete the presentation. The school counsellor has already given you a presentation template and students will also create slides with criteria that are important to them. You must share the presentation with the school counsellor before sharing with your parents and the SLT. The point of this presentation is to share information with parents and the counsellor at the meeting. Note that it is the content that is important- not how it looks. Discussion/activity will be based upon the following: • The potential career choices • Criteria • Universities you are thinking about • The major you wish to study • Role of responsibilities of parents, students and the school counsellor

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL PRESENTATION REFLECTION Do you feel your presentation went well? Do your parents have a better understanding of the career choice you wish to follow in the future? Do you think your parents now have a lot more information of the majors you would like to study? Are your parents more supportive than before you made your presentation? If you were to do the presentation again, what would you do differently?

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Key learning outcomes

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES • Students explore their post - 18 options and develop  Students explore their post-18 options and develop a deeper understanding of their progression and career apreferences. deeper understanding of their progression and career preferences. • Students research and compare options, and make  Students research and compare decisions based on personal suitability options, and the and make availability of options. decisions based on personal suitability and the availability of options. • Students and parents understand the application  Students parents understand application process andand entry requirements for theirthe intended choices. and entry requirements for their intended process choices. • Students capture the experiences and achievements that will help them tothe stand out on paperand and in person.  Students capture experiences achievements that help them to stand • Students prepare for will future employment, refine out on their personal and start to demonstrate the paper and inprofile person. application of their skills.  Students prepare for future employment, refine their personal profile and start to demonstrate the 42 Academic Year Timeline application of their skills. 2018/2019 Year 11


GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL Month

Action

School Role

Student Role

September 2018

College Fair

Counsellors to arrange college fair.

Attend college fair to gain a better understanding of the courses offered at universities in Qatar.

November/ January

University drop in sessions (QF, QU etc.)

Counsellor to arrange drop in sessions weekly with all Qatar based universities.

Attend sessions to get insight of requirements and gain a better understanding of courses & programmes.

January 2019

Personal essay preparation

Training by counsellors/English Department on how to write a personal essay.

Complete personal essay.

English department to support complete personal essay. January 2019

Year 12 options choices 1:1 session

Counsellors discuss subject options available in school. Talk through AS, BTEC and IB curriculum and options that may affect/influence their university/career choice in the future.

Liaise with English teacher and counsellor to make amendments and changes. Hand copy to counsellors. Attend session and gain knowledge regarding curriculum and subjects offered in year 12 and how their options may affect choice of university/career.

February 2019

Year 11 options evening

Counsellors to meet parents and discuss student’s subject preferences and the relationship between careers and subjects.

March 2019

Annual Careers Fair

Counsellors to arrange Careers Fair. Invite universities and business organisations from Qatar and abroad.

Students to attend Carers Fair to gain a better understanding of courses offered at universities and speak with organisation representatives regarding career choices.

March 2019

Sumer school programmes

Counsellors to discuss summer programmes during assembly.

Student to check with teachers that they have completed and uploaded the student’s letter of recommendation.

Counsellors guide students through application process.

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Ensure applications are submitted on time.


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IELTS preparation

Counsellors to discuss the Students to prepare and attend importance of IELTS and also run session and take part in mock a session in conjunction with IELTS exam. English department to help prepare for IELTS testing.

May 2019

Preliminary SAT test

Counsellors to arrange for interested students to sit a PSAT preparation examination to help give them a better understanding of what is involved in SAT exams.

Students to prepare for and attend exam.

(PSAT)

May 2019

Book official IELTS or SAT/ACT exams

Counsellor to guide students through the application process.

Students will need to apply for the entrance tests and submit relevant documents when.

August 2019

IGCSE results are published online

Prepare transcripts.

Collect statement of results from school.

Print our result statements and transcripts.

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL Career CareerGuidance GuidanceSession Session

CAREER GUIDANCE SESSION Discussion: Discussion: Discussion: Topic Topic

Response Response

Plan Plan

Careers Careerschoice choice Subjects Subjectsneeded needed University Universityrequirements requirements SAT/ SAT/ACT/ ACT/IELTS IELTS

Summary / Evaluation:

Summary Summary//Evaluation: Evaluation:

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET The subjects you choose will have an impact on what you study in Year 12 and at university. Some of the careers and the requirements have been listed below.

Communications / Media IELTS – 7 and above English 5 A* to C IGCSE grades / BTEC level 2 4 AS / IB / BTEC Level 3 US or QF – Require SAT or ACT scores

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International Politics 5 A* to C IGCSE grades /BTEC level 2 4 AS / IB / BTEC Level 3 US or QF – Require SAT or ACT scores IELTS 6.5 or above English Maths

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Engineer 5 A* to C IGCSE grades /BTEC level 2 4 AS / IB Math's / Physics/ Chemistry IELTS at 6.5 or above US or QF – Require SAT or ACT scores

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Medicine 9 A *- C IGCSE including all 3 sciences Biology and Chemistry HL IB Diploma IELTS at 7.5 or above US or QF – Require SAT or ACT scores UK requires compulsory UKAT test


GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL Something I want to accomplish before I graduate from secondary school is: Are you creating a career for your parents, for society, from your own excitement, or for money?

What is your definition of work?

Do you believe that you can love what you do and make money doing it? YES/NO What is your dream?

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET Useful guidance for entranceFOR requirements for common university applications. USEFUL GUIDANCE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR

COMMON UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS.

University Weill Cornell

IGCSE

AS level

IB

5 A*-A (prefer)

Prefer IB diploma high points score 30+ 5 AS-including Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

32 + points HL Biology HL Chemistry SL Maths

CMU

5 IGCSE (A*-B)

Georgetown

Northwestern

Texas A&M

5 IGCSE (A*-C) Nothing below C 5 IGCSE A*C

5 IGCSE (Physics and sciences is a must)

Virginia Commonwealth University

5 IGCSE

Academic Bridge Programme

5 IGCSE A-E

Qatar University

UK-USA Foundation year or Pathway

ACT

SAT

IELTS

28 or above

Minimum 650 in each section

7.5

32 + points

28 or above

Minimum 650 in each section

7.5

4 AS-level (Maths is a must A-B) should be traditional subjects

30 + points

26 or above

Minimum 600 in each section

7 to 7.5

3-4 AS-level (English is a must)

26+ points

17-20 or above

Minimum 600 in each section

7 to 7.5 Emphasis on writing

3 AS-level (Physics is compulsory)

26+ include physics

20 or above (prefer ACT to SAT)

Minimum 600 in each section

7 to 7.5

4 AS-level Business -Maths, Business Biological Sciences – Math Biology and Chemistry Information Systems-Maths and 1 science Computer Science – Math and computer science or Physics BTEC / General/ Travel/ only accepted as 5th AS

3 AS – Level +art portfolio for art and design Art History – 3 As - Level

Suggested not essential

2 AS – Level Arabic not counted

5 IGCSE AD Early admission A-C No BTEC

2 AS – level A – D 80% equivalent for early admission Do not accept BTEC as 1 of AS levels

5 IGCSE

2 AS-level

5.5

5.5

5.5

Direct entry USA prefer IB

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL PERSONAL ESSAY A personal statement is like a short reflective essay you write about why you are the perfect candidate for the undergraduate degree courses you are applying to. It’s a key part of the university application- alongside your predicted or achieved IB, AS level, BTEC grades and is read by admission tutors at the university you apply to, who will decide whether to offer you a place or not. For international students the personal statement is often the only way through which they can represent themselves in front of the admission team. Remember, you get one chance to present yourself to someone who has never met you. You have only a short word count to do that, which varies from university to university. Five paragraph essay Standard five paragraph essay structure: best used when the university has suggested a topic to present • Introduction with thesis statement • Three paragraphs of details, supporting the thesis • Conclusion that supports the thesis and wraps up the essay Alternative method - ideal for UK universities. Paragraph 1 • What is your chosen career? • What led you to choose this? • Did anyone /anything inspire you to do this? • What do you think you require to study this? Paragraph 2 What skills and qualities do you have? • Think about subjects what are you good at and how can this transfer to university? e.g. making presentations in business shows skills in confidence team building and communication. • What skills outside of school? • How do your current subject choices relate to the course you have chosen? Paragraph 3 Activities that demonstrate your interest in the course. • Have you had any work experience that relates to this course? • What exactly did you do? • Have you had any experience that would support this for example in school did you help organize international day? Would show commitment, organisation, planning, team work and communication skills

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET PERSONAL ESSAY Paragraph 4 Charity voluntary work. • Have you done any charity work? Explain the charity work you have completed and the skills you have developed • Have you been involved in CHAT? Explain what your role was and what skills you have developed within this role. • Have you been involved in MUN? Have your attended any conferences? What was your role and what skills did you gain from doing this? • Have you organised any international days? What did you do for the days and what skills did you learn? • Anything outside of school? Things like Eid gifts for workers etc. Paragraph 5 Hobbies and interests. • What are your hobbies? • What are you interested in this hobby? • Do you play any sports? Have you won any competitions?

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL SOME ESSAY DOS AND DON’TS. Do • • • •

Keep your focus narrow and personal Try to show the person you are Do give examples to confirm what you have stated Be specific – avoid generic and predictable writing by using vivid and specific details

Don’t • • • • •

Don’t tell them what you think they want to hear Don’t copy / plagiarise your essay from internet Don’t write a CV Don’t use 50 words when 5 will do Don’t forget to proof read your work.

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET HOMEWORK PERSONAL BULLET POINTS Homework Personal ESSAY Essay ––Bullet Points Complete followingboxes boxesbelow below with your of of your personal essay and and handhand in or in submit Complete thethe following yourkey keybullet bulletpoints points your personal essay or submit onvia line via Firefly your counsellor. on line Firefly to yourtocounsellor. Paragraph 1 – what is your chosen career?

Paragraph 2 – skills and qualities.

Paragraph 3 – work experience. Activities that show your interest in the career.

Paragraph 4 – charity or voluntary work.

Paragraph 5 – hobbies and interests.

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL STANDARDISED TESTS Standardised Tests There are a number of tests that Universities expect you to complete as part of your application process. Each university will have its own requirements, which you will of, identified in year 10. The following There are a number of tests that Universities you to requirements complete as part your information shows some basic information of the expect content and ofofthe keyapplication tests. Youprocess. may beEach university will have its own requirements, which you will of, identified in year 10. The following information asked for an international code for the school. Please note if you are applying to education city and you shows some basic information of the content and requirements of the key tests. You may be asked for an choose to do ACT you have will have to do the ACT Residual exam this is specific to Education city. international code for the school. Please note if you are applying to education city and you choose to do ACT you have will have to do the ACT Residual exam this is specific to Education city.

The Gulf English School code: 632025

The Gulf English School code: 632025

SAT VS ACT

SAT VS ACT

CompareCompare the tests yousocan which you theso tests youdecide can decide which youshould shouldtake take

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL IELTS VS TOEFL

IELTS VS TOEFL

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Homework - standardised tests Homework - standardised tests

What do I need? - My Standardised Test Planner – please complete TESTS with details and results. HOMEWORK - STANDARDISED What do I need? - My Standardised Test Planner – please complete with details and results.

What do Iwill need? My Standardised Test Planner – please complete 1. You need-to register and sit the relevant tests (SATS, IELTS, TOEFL,with and details ACT) as and soonresults. as possible to help

1. You will need to register and sit the relevant tests (SATS, IELTS, TOEFL, and ACT) as soon as possible to help support your university applications and give you the best possible chance to obtain the highest mark. Please support yourto university give you the(SATS, best possible chanceand to obtain thesoon highest mark. Please 1. You will need registerapplications and sit the and relevant tests IELTS, TOEFL, ACT) as as possible list in the table below the registration details and proposed dates for Tests needed – If your interest is in to help yourbelow university applications and and giveproposed you the best highest list support in the table the registration details datespossible for Testschance neededto–obtain If yourthe interest is in mark. Pleaseorlist in you the will table below registration and proposed dates for Tests needed – If your Medicine Law also needthe to add the dates details for UKAT/LSA. Medicine or Law youorwill also need addneed the dates forthe UKAT/LSA. interest is in Medicine Law you willtoalso to add dates for UKAT/LSA. Test Test

Registration Number Registration Number

Proposed date of test Proposed date of test

Centre Centre

2. Please take at least practice testslisted listedbelow belowand andwrite writeininififthere there are are any any others others you have have 2. Please take at least oneone of of thethe practice tests 2. Please take at least one of the practice tests listed below and write in if there are any others you have practised in the box practised in the boxbelow. below. practised in the box below. Test Test

Date practice Date practice taken taken

Result /score Result /score

SAT/ACT SAT/ACT IELTS/TOEFL IELTS/TOEFL

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL REFLECTION QUESTIONS What do you think are the best things about studying at university? What do you enjoy doing outside of school? Why have you chosen your particular course? Tell me about an achievement you are particularly proud of.

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KS4 CAREERS BOOKLET Tell me about a time when you have had to overcome an obstacle.

What do you see yourself doing in five years’ time?

Describe an instance when you have dealt with a difficult situation.

If you could change anything about the way you have dealt with your school life so far, what would it be?

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GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL USEFUL WEBSITES: TOFEL http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about/ nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ ACT http://actstudent.org/index.html SAT http://sat.Universityboard.com/about-texts Registering for the Tests TOFEL http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about/ ACT http://actstudent.org/regist/index.html SAT http://sat.Universityboard.com/register How are your Sources Interpreted? TOFEL- Sending the Scores http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/send/ Understanding the Scores http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/understand/ ACT- Sending the Scores http://actstudent.org/scores/send/asrtips.html Understanding the Scores http://actstudent.org/scores/send/index.html SAT-Sending the Scores http://sat.Universityboard.com/scores/send-sat-scores Understanding the Scores http://sat.Universityboard.com/scores/understanding-send-sat-scores www.universitysofdistinction.com Profiling 400 Universities that emphasise the 4 distinctions of the following: engages students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. www.ucas.com This is the primary site for information about tertiary studies in the UK. You may search by university or by course of study. It has the application, the search engine to look for specific courses (majors) and links to the universities. www.uk-universities.net/universitiesGives Universities and universities in the UK according to one’s needs. www.britishcouncil.org/qatar-contact-us.htm Gives information about universities and cities in the UK, supports registration for IELTS. 59


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