|Careers and Personal Development|
Careers and Personal Development
When students are considering their career options, they need accurate, comprehensive information. The Careers Department at The Lady Elizabeth School provides a programme of courses and activities which will enable them to make informed choices related to their further education and future employment. The department works in partnership with parents, the local community and industry specialists. The aim is to use a wide range of complementary workshops and seminars designed to make the students think independently and to develop their creativity. This builds confidence and self esteem and extends their social skills.
Workshops and Activities
Support and guidance is provided to the students in a variety of ways, such as :-
- Careers interviews – to give the student advice and help when trying to decide on future career choices
- Skills workshops - to increase the knowledge and intellectual development of the student, covering topics such as:-
• presentation skills
• interview techniques
• problem solving• team work
• communication skills
• time management
Mentoring Programme for Year 7 students run by Year 13 students - incorporates team work, communication skills etc.
Careers Fair and Guest Speakers
LAUDE, The Lady Elizabeth Senior School annual Careers Fair is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain an insight into a career which they may be interested in. These afternoons are proving to be a huge success and are aimed primarily at students in Years 9 and 11 when important subject and career choices need to be made. It is also open to Year 12 and Year 13 students to attend as they find the delegates interesting and inspiring.
The afternoon opens with a keynote speaker which is followed by short presentations from Professionals, with a varied range of career areas, to small groups of students focusing not only on their particular career area, but also on the more general aspects of what the world of work is about. The pupils attend four different talks over the afternoon and record notes and ask questions about the specific careers being discussed. In the past they have had the opportunity to listen to talks by professionals in the following fields; Architecture, Marine Biology, Pharmacy, Law, Journalism, Charity Work, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports, Beauty Therapy etc There is always a great deal of interest in the sessions as they give the students valuable insight into a career which they may in the future pursue. We would like to thank all who have participated in the past for giving up their valuable time and helping to make these afternoons such a big success!
Psychometric Testing aims to identify the skills and interests of the student and match them with a list of suitable career options.
Work Related Learning (Work Experience)
Work experience week provides an opportunity for Year 10 students to spend some time in a business, so that they can relate their school curriculum and qualifications to the skills and qualities that are required in the workplace. Students find either locally based work in a field of their interest or they travel further afield to other areas in Spain or throughout Europe and the UK. It is an invaluable experience and can help students to decide whether they will or won't pursue a particular career.