For many young adults the question of which route to pursue after GCSEs is the biggest decision they have had to make.
At St Mary’s School, Cambridge, our Head of Careers, tutor team and external providers work with the girls, in conjunction with their parents, to ensure they have the necessary information to make a carefully informed decision which is right for each individual student.
The Careers department starts working with Senior School students from Year 7, to guide the girls through the process of comprehending that every individual has a unique mixture of personality attributes, learning experiences and styles, knowledge, hopes and aspirations for the future, and skills. Instead of asking the girls at this age ‘what would you like to do after school?’, the girls are encouraged into self-reflection, to develop their personalities, passions, and broad skills.
We offer girls from Year 7 through to Sixth Form a full programme of careers events, many delivered by a range of highly accredited external providers, some through the Careers Department and our tutors. For students in Year 7 to Year 9, the focus is on encouraging girls to consider how a range of attributes impact on each other, such as personality traits, passions, areas of interest, skills, and roles in a team. Year 10 and Year 11 students build upon this foundation through developing an awareness of factors affecting life after school, and practising interview skills and CV writing.
The Careers department also has excellent links with specialist Further Education establishments and prestigious universities; local and national organisations that offer highly regarded Apprenticeship programmes in a range of industries; and local businesses which invite students to take up work experience during the Sixth Form.