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Careers

 


A good careers programme will help students with the decisions they will have to make about their education and career choices both whilst at school and beyond. It is likely that anyone leaving school now will have more than one career and could have careers which have not yet been dreamed about! Many could be working outside the UK, involved in entrepreneurial activity or have more than one job at a time. We wish to enable the girls to aim high and nurture the qualities to help them to succeed in their chosen fields.

There are 3 components to a good careers programme

-Careers education

-Careers information

-Careers guidance

Education

At KC this starts in year 9 through the PSHCE programme and includes various topics to prepare girls for the decisions they will need to make about GCSE courses and careers.

In the Sixth Form our structured Higher Education Programme (HEP) covers applying through UCAS, applying to overseas universities, interview technique, gap year planning, graduate employment and student finance. Academically able candidates are prepared for admission to Oxford and Cambridge, as well as for Russell Group universities and highly competitive courses such as Medicine, Fashion, Architecture and Law. Candidates for US, European and other overseas universities, are guided throughout their application processes by our specialist staff. We have many girls in the current Sixth Form who have also expressed an interest in A level entry apprenticeships many of which are with well-known companies and we are able to support them throughout the demanding application process.

The advice and resources in school are supplemented by talks from visiting speakers, visits to universities and to a higher education convention, and by opportunities to attend careers-based courses out of school. Early in the Lower Sixth, students are encouraged to take part in 'Centigrade', a computerised Higher Education guidance programme which matches interests to possible careers and courses. We have an annual Women in Leadership conference and a biennial Careers Fair to supplement the programme.

Information

The school has a well-resourced careers library open to girls in all years. This has information on courses and careers as well as computers which are used for research. Members of the careers team are are able to take full advantage of invitations to visit universities, colleges, companies and professional organisations to bring up to date information back into school. Girls are introduced to the careers library, a range of software on higher and further education as well as details of relevant websites.

Guidance

The school's fully qualified Director of Career Pathways and Head of Careers give individual help and guidance through the process of choosing the right course and place to study, and making applications. There is no limit to the number of guidance interviews and parents often choose to attend with their daughters.

In recent years, 100% of KC students leaving the sixth form have proceeded to universities in the UK and abroad, either directly after A levels or after taking a gap year. For further information please email Mrs Gill Shukla shuklag@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk or Mrs Abigail Wharton whartona@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk 

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