On Monday, the Upper Sixth Form had a very useful Careers Focus Day to prepare them for leaving school next June, either for university, an apprenticeship or direct employment. Mrs Carter began the morning with a presentation on interview skills and preparation. She covered the different types of interview and the importance of research, appearance and logistical considerations. She talked about the types of questions commonly asked and how you can use the STAR (specific situation, task, action and result) methodology to answer some of them. After the presentation, students had the opportunity to work with their Housemaster or Housemistress on their UCAS application and seek individual guidance and advice about their personal statements from the University of Sussex Admissions team.
Mr James then gave a very informative talk on managing personal finance at university, highlighting the pitfalls some undergraduates fall into and some very sound advice as to how students can manage their money wisely. In the afternoon we had Helen Whitcher, an Engagement Officer from Kent County Council, speaking to the students about apprenticeships, explaining the different levels, how they work and how to apply for them. The day was rounded off by more one to one work with staff and the University of Sussex helping students with their plans for the future.
Mrs Carter and Mrs Porter
Head of Careers and Head of Sixth Form