One of the most important aspects of education in the Sixth Form is careers advice and guidance as we seek to empower students to make the best decision for them, and to help them prepare fully to reach their goals. Year 12 are now starting a key unit in the personal development lessons which will explore a wide variety of possible options in depth and pose questions to ask about their own ambitions for the future. ELD on 2nd March will also offer a chance to look at options and hear from visitors in a range of HE and employment settings. We hope that all students will be able to make significant progress in their knowledge and ideas for their future.
This focus follows some important activities which have already been undertaken. Many students were able to take part in work experience before half term (see below), and there has been some really impressive super-curricular and enrichment work completed during ELD3 and the work experience week. These activities are already putting students in a great position ready to apply for degree courses and apprenticeships next year.
Year 12 Work Experience (7th - 11th Feb 22)
Many Year 12 students were able to secure work experience placements before half term and the reports completed by students highlight some fantastic learning and insights into a wide range of jobs. Placements include; online medical school, shadowing an MP, Metropolitan Police, Imperial College Physics dept, screenwriting, GOSH charity. Designing components for robots at Ocado, assisting at a school in Spain, asset management and creating silicon models for films. Some quotes from student experiences are included below:
“It was an awesome week of work experience. I had an amazing time and just wish it was longer and hopefully I will be able to do it again. I got lots of positive feedback from employees and I really helped the company move forward with the problems I was being asked to solve.”
“It has opened my eyes to just how much is out there and I definitely think I would like to explore different strands of jobs that can stem from computer science.”
“My lab partner was very talented and explained the science behind things very clearly and it brought great satisfaction to me to see how the theory we learn in school was applied in the workplace.”
“I learnt about how bidding for contracts between different company’s works. I looked at a proposal from one company and then the plan from Vivarail about how they will meet the requirements and learnt about time scales, factoring in costs etc.”
“The commute to South Kensington for 5 days is very tiring!!”
Mrs K Mouncey