The Careers Information, Education and Guidance Department is one of the most dynamic and forward thinking academic departments in the school. It is well staffed by a team ten staff members each with their own area of specialism. The department’s work and he curriculum has been designed to compliment, support and inter weave with the academic life of the school as well as the wider aspects of the broad and balanced curriculum on offer to all boys. The team works extremely closely with all staff but in particular the Headmaster, the Senior Deputy Headmaster and Deputy Headmaster. The Head of Careers Information, Education and Guidance is also a member of the Academic Council.
The school is an SAT, ACT and TOFEL centre and is also in membership of OACAC. All boys sit the PSAT examination in A form. (Class 10). The test enables the boys (as well as their parents and the school) to see their critical reading, writing and numeracy ability. The PSAT results provide a good base knowledge of each boy’s strengths and weaknesses in these critical skill areas. The school also provides specialist support for Oxbridge preparation.
The department is housed in the Art and Media School a stunning new building and is able to offer three sound proofed interview rooms where boys and parents can talk in confidence on a range of issues. The facilities enable a well stocked paper and e library, plenty of space for boys to talk to the staff individually and in small groups as well as for staff and parents. The department is able to welcome visiting universities, from India and internationally, each term.
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The careers curriculum begins in Class 9 (B form) and is in the school timetable. The department offers initial advice at Class 9 for Options at 14+. The Class 9 curriculum includes Take a Dosco to Work Day and focuses upon how to discover individual boys’ interests and strengths and weaknesses and how he can support his dreams and plans in the short, medium and long term. The curriculum also looks at the preparation of CV, the importance of building a sold academic profile, together with differing professional options and career opportunities.
The boys will be shown how a CV is developed and how universities evaluate them in India and abroad. Boys will also see a series of career films over two years which would help them understand the link between skills, careers and subject choices. In continuation with Options 14+, the Options 16+ programme will be introduced. Boys will be counselled for the right choice of curriculum and subject choice. The ‘Advanced 16+ programme’ will be also introduced at this stage in the Autumn term. Boys and their parents are able to have one to one meeting with a member of the department.
Boys will also receive help on summer schools applications and academic online courses research and application. ‘Work Experience’ in A Form will help boy understand skills required in each job. Boys are encouraged to attend the numerous careers fairs and university and college talks that take place throughout the academic year.
Boys are encouraged to attend careers talks and college and university fairs to gain a better understanding of the application process and get first-hand information about the culture and environment of different colleges and universities. The Careers department also extends guidance and support to boys and their parents with regard to financial planning, to meet the costs of attendance at colleges across India and abroad, by giving out information on scholarships and bursaries.
In the SC Form, students are given personalized attention through individual meetings with members of the Careers department. The department members help them to draw up their own college and university lists and course options and provide each boy with a step-by-step guidance programme through every stage of the application process. They are also provided a close guidance in writing their SOPs and college admission essays and ongoing support for their CV building, work experience and SAT and ACT preparation as well as other specific additional tests required for the diverse range of courses and universities the boys apply to each year. Much of the curriculum also focuses upon postgraduate opportunities and the global world of work, trends and how they can support each boy’s planning process.
In S and SC form much time and attention is given to one-to- one guidance with boys and their parents. The department also supports boys and their parents once their examination results are out and this is particularly critical for those boys applying with their results to universities in India.