Careers in 6th Form
In Year 13 pupils have a careers programme for one hour per week in the spring and summer terms. This is taught by careers staff and introduces pupils to the range of post-18 options on offer. Time is afforded for individual careers research and small group interviews. In addition, each week there is a range of talks on offer from universities, colleges and employers.
In Year 14 pupils have a weekly one hour careers lesson in the first term of the academic year. The programme begins with a Pre-UCAS Day at the end of August and initially focuses on the UCAS application process and alternatives. Pupils then study the job application process including interviews and what employers want. University interview advice is covered for those who require this. Later in the term, student finance, university life and career pathways from degree courses are investigated. There are weekly talks on offer from universities, colleges and employers.
The School places a high importance on supporting pupils through this important final step of their school career journey and into one of the many exciting post-18 opportunities.
Pupils are offered :
- Individual and group careers guidance interviews
- An annual careers convention
- Presentations on a wide range of careers.
- Mock interviews
- CV preparation
- University talks and visits
- Labour market information workshops
- Weekly careers education lessons.
- Work experience
- Work shadowing
Recognising that these career decisions can be stressful for parents too, the School provides information evenings for parents, in association with universities from across the British Isles. The implications of subject choices made at school are considered in the light of the most up-to-date labour market information.
Annual Trips and Visits
- Year 12 girls interested in engineering visit Schlumberger, in Newtownabbey for an information day in February.
- Two Year 13 pupils participate in the student shadowing scheme in Pembroke College, Cambridge trip in March.
- Year 13 pupils attend the UCAS N.I. Higher Education Convention in March/April.
- Year 13 pupils interested in education attend the Stranmillis College Open Day in February.
- Year 13 pupils interested in medicine and engineering attend the annual conferences in Methodist College, Belfast.
- Year 14 pupils attend QUB Open day and the Higher Education Convention in Methodist College, Belfast in early September.
- Year 14 pupils attend UU Open day in early September.
- A range of open days in various work places including hospitals, law firms, accountancy and ICT companies is offered to interested Year 13 pupils.
Local Business Links
Pupils at key transition points benefit greatly from the careers department’s link with Dennison Commercials in Ballyclare. Managers and staff from the company are generous in giving of their time and expertise to assist pupils with career planning, including offering interview skills training and practice interviews, work experience and talks on careers and apprenticeships in the company.