The importance of connection
It is by careful design that the word ‘connection’ appears in the Careers infographic at the head of this article. Echoing the comments made by the Head Master and the P&F President on Monday night at the P&F meeting, it was wonderful to be able to speak with a group of parents in person once again, about the Careers Programme.
I provided an overview of our Programme at this meeting, outlining the scope and flow, and how topics are presented. In connecting with your sons, the question of what he wants to do when he starts working (the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question) sits in the future, not the present. The role of the Careers programme is to empower students and their families to explore options simply for what comes next – what post-school learning option your son will take up.
The notion of preparing yourself for a job in the future centres around the recognition and development of foundation skills – those portable skills that apply across industries and roles, that are enhanced by the learning and application of technical skills. Encouraging your sons to find information themselves about courses that may interest them is supported by conversations that help them identify their skills and interests and how they overlap. This is the area in which your sons will find inspiration to explore courses with which they can connect when they finish school.
I work closely with your sons’ teachers and Housemasters and welcome conversation with you that may assist your son with his course applications.
Futures Fair 2021 – Mini-exhibitions, Presentations and Parent meetings
Our senior students were not able to connect personally with training providers at all last year. Universities and industry groups responded to this challenge and created resources and opportunities to e-meet to share information.
In 2021, universities and training providers have kept some of the e-resources current, making them accessible on the viewer’s terms – a great outcome. But nothing replaces a real-time, face to face conversation.
To ensure that our senior students have this valuable opportunity, we have invited nearly 30 orgnisations to visit school this term as part of our Futures Fair 2021 event. Your sons will have registered to attend the Exhibitions held this week. Next week there is one more Exhibition, and then the series of lunch presentations will start. Year 12 Parents and students will see that there is a UAC presentation scheduled for Tuesday 18 May. You are welcome to register for this event to attend either at school, or via livestream.
These career events are deliberately planned around the Course Information Evening for Year 11, 2022 students. Gathering information will help your sons make the decisions about their subject choices for their last years at school.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Courses and contacts
Please refer to Courses & Contacts for details of courses and contacts that may be of interest to you and your sons.
Susan Draysey | Careers and Student Pathways Advisor
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