the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Careers round up
27 January 2017
It has been a very busy time in the Careers Office. This week, we were delighted to welcome Dr Fiona Reynolds, Chief Medical Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital, to talk to the senior school girls in assembly. She gave a very inspirational talk on the theme of leadership, delivering sound advice to the girls.
On Monday 16 January, we welcomed Ms Suki Thandal from Work Pays to give a talk to all Year 12 girls as part of their tutorial programme. She talked about apprenticeships and the many opportunities that are on offer, introducing the girls to an online app where they can find further information and links to useful websites. Girls have already received tutorials about choosing universities and taking a gap year and there is a forthcoming talk on studying abroad.
Congratulations to girls in Year 9 who have successfully completed their Careers module in PSHEE. The girls produced excellent posters and videos which will be entered into the national ‘Step into the NHS’ competition; we await the results which are due in March.
Year 8 have begun their Careers module and are currently using ‘The Real Game’ website to research careers, look at employability skills and think about future career options. ‘The Real Game’ provides opportunities for students to explore adult life: through the game, students experience a range of different learning styles and also develop employability and other key skills.
Work experience plans for Year 11 are well underway with most girls having secured their placements. Paperwork issued needs to be returned to Mrs Shutt as soon as details are known. If any girl needs further help with finding a placement, please come down to the Careers Room any break time to discuss.
In addition, if and when girls would like individual help and support, careers interviews are available every lunchtime. Girls can sign up on the appointment sheet at the careers room or email Mrs Shutt to arrange an alternative time slot. The careers interviews are open to girls in any year in Senior School.
Careers Fair - Wednesday 1 March 2017
A reminder that we will be running a Careers Fair as part of Humanities Day. The fair will be held in the Sixth Form centre from 11.30am - 2.00pm and all girls will get an opportunity to visit. It will be a combined event with leading universities and employers from a diverse range of career paths.
If you/your firm would like to get involved in the event and could attend during the day please get in touch in the first instance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs J Shutt
Head of Careers