Updated: Wed 15 May 2013
The Careers Department has been accredited with Investor in Careers Status since May 2000. This was last renewed in July 2010.
Our Careers programme is designed to make sure that we reach every boy, raise his understanding of the career options available, and encourage him to broaden his aspirations in the light of developing self-awareness. All students in years 11 will have an individual interview, but we operate an open door policy at all times and aim to be available to any boy or parent who needs help or advice.
We aim to provide information to our students in a form which they find readily accessible, and enjoyable to use.
The Careers Library, adjacent to the Raeburn Library, is open to all boys from 8.30am-4.30pm daily, with staff available to assist with enquiries.
The First and Third forms follow a broad curriculum and the boys are encouraged to sample from a wide range of extra-curricular activities to develop a variety of skills and self-awareness. Boys in the U3rd Form follow a programme of work during Form Periods to encourage careers related research in advance of their option choices.
Interest and Aptitude Profiles
We use the OASIS Interest Questionnaire with the Cambridge Aptitude Profile. This is followed by individual feedback interviews and a detailed report from COA at the beginning of the Upper Fifth year.
Held in September, to outline the issues and targets for the year ahead.
All boys go out for one or two weeks after their GCSE examinations have finished. Placements are based on the boys' careers interests.
Sixth Form Options
An evening with Heads of Departments devoted to discussion of A-level/IB/BTEC courses.
Future Skills Course
A full day event offered to all members of the L6th. Time management, negotiation, prioritising etc. Currently run by Inside Knowledge.
The Careers Conversazione
An informal evening at which Old Boys, parents and other friends give advice on their own professions.
An evening for all L6th formers and their parents about HE choices, applications, procedures and strategies, careers and jobs and the gap year. (This information is also presented in the booklet "After Whitgift".)
University Open Days are advertised, and boys are encouraged to apply for "taster" courses
After Whitgift Course
Within school, the boys spend half a day at the end of the Lent term, and three days at the end of June focussing on options for the future, applications and interviews.
The UCAS form has to be submitted by half term in the Michaelmas term. The progress of applications is monitored through to the results stage.
Gap year plans must be finalised.
Information & Guidance on the School Gateway
For further information about events run by the Careers & Guidance Department, please refer to our information on the school Gateway.