Lower Sixth Look to the Future
Making Choices and Learning Life Skills
Over the last few weeks of the summer term, the Lower Sixth were busy with their University and Life Skills programme helping to prepare them for their future decisions and the greater independence of university life or employment.
As part of an interview skills workshop, one of our Upper Sixth Formers, Lily L, bravely agreed to be interviewed in front of the year group, before the students themselves had practice interviews based around their UCAS personal statements or CVs. Once again, we welcomed university admissions’ tutors and employers who, along with many of our teaching staff, helped to make the interviews as real an experience as possible. We are also immensely grateful for the expertise provided by the College parents who conduct interviews with our pupils on this day each year.
The theme of ‘employability’ ran throughout the programme, which kicked off with a fascinating talk by Old Stortfordian, Carys Page (BH 2014). Whilst an undergraduate at Loughborough University, Carys was a women’s officer, electoral officer and has run over 500 workshops dealing with issues of consent. .. all in all a powerful message about getting involved and building your CV.
On Monday we welcomed Dan Flanagan from Lancaster University, to talk from a university perspective. His message about volunteering, internships, work experience and joining societies was clear – this is the way to gain the skills employers are looking for, while also making the most of your time as an undergraduate. The degree is not enough as you have to stand out from the crowd!
..and in the last few days..
Students heard about the benefits of taking a gap year and the best way to approach this.
Tuesday and Wednesday were spent gaining financial awareness skills in small workshops, delivered by an independent financial advisor and registering to apply for a university place through UCAS. The Lower Sixth have made huge progress in beginning their applications, which makes it easier in the autumn term. The all-important choices have still to be finalised and work will be ongoing for them to revise and improve on their first draft personal statements over the coming months. Specific preparation has also taken place for Oxbridge applications, international students and those applying for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry.
Finally …. the pupils visited the award winning Cambridge Cookery School to learn how to prepare healthy meals on a student budget! They made a variety of dishes and after a busy few hours, cooking vegetable lasagne, soup, stroganoff and cookies, they managed to polish off the fruits of all their hard work.
After a busy few weeks we hope that the students are now in an excellent position to develop their ideas and their applications over the summer.
H.E. & Careers