Careers guidance is integrated into our entire Sixth Form Programme and is designed to provide a more systematic approach to your decision-making about your future.
Students are invited to take part in a range of careers events and activities including talks and workshops from GDST Alumnae (a network of 70,000 brilliant women), occupation specific workshops e.g. BioMed, Law, Art, Languages, etc. and for those students who require specific help in a certain occupational or subject area, alumnae mentors are on hand to guide our students on their journey.
Recent students have been successful in gaining places on prestigious schemes such as work experience with Jupiter Asset Management (see Lily Woods student profile), a placement at the United Nations in Geneva and studies at the John Locke Institute Summer School.
We also have a robust support system in place for those girls who do not wish to go down the traditional higher education route and wish to look at Apprenticeships or Gap Years. For students considering a gap year, help and support is on hand for applications for the Year in Industry Scheme and other similar schemes.
Competition for the new Degree Apprenticeships is fiercer than Oxbridge and in recent years, High School students have been successful in obtaining places on prestigious Apprenticeship programmes with Airbus and the Dyson Institute of Technology. Students also receive support with other applications with a recent student obtaining a place on a Business Administration Apprenticeship with BMW.
During their time in the Sixth Form, we prepare students to have confidence in the recruitment process. A GDST Sixth Form sets students up for the world of work. The GDST’s unique CareerStart programme provides vital life skills to help our girls succeed, offering workshops in areas such as interview skills, networking and presenting.