Career education is embedded in St Paul’s Collegiate School’s culture and is integrated across curriculum areas and pastoral care networks. The School has qualified and experienced staff that are available to assist in the provision of careers advice and planning, particularly in the area of careers profiling for senior students.
The goals of the careers programme at St Paul’s is:
- to provide options and resources for students to consider
- to encourage academic success to give students the ability to have choices
- to develop “soft skills” that are considered crucial to future employment.
In brief, the school-wide format is as follows:
Students choosing subjects for Year 11 have a subject choices evening where HOD’s explain their subjects and their relevance to possible career pathways. Students have the option of a one-on-one interview with the careers advisor to ensure that their subject choices are accurate and future career or study pathways are not limited. The online tool Bulls-Eye is introduced at this level to aid in the decision making process. Students are expected to revisit this tool and use it to help in the decision making process of subject choices and career pathway in their senior years
All students will have the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with a careers advisor during the course of the year. Students are encouraged to start investigations into three or four areas of strength and career interest. Prior to submitting their Year 12 subject choice, students are required to indicate their career(s) of interest. Students whose results and subject choices are not consistent with their particular career interests will be re-interviewed to identify any issues that will prevent a student from achieving their chosen path.
Those students taking five subjects will, under the guidance of a careers advisor, have the opportunity to fine-tune their plans via a myriad of websites available. This is supported by guest speakers, discussion sessions and brief one-on-one report back sessions.
Those students taking six subjects will be interviewed by the careers advisor. These interviews will focus on student profiling, assessing their interests and psychometric strengths. The aim is for students to consolidate their year 13 subject choices and possible “first step” career options after school.
By Year 13, career and work discussions should be in there final stages. Students should be making plans for tertiary study, a gap year or the world of work. Information gathering continues in association with careers staff. Attendance at university information days is mandatory for those choosing this option on graduation from St Paul’s. All students will be interviewed in Term 1 to make sure that this process is on track.
Students are introduced to the process of scholarship applications and made aware of the scholarship options available to them. Students are also encouraged and supported to actively pursue scholarships and meet closing deadlines. Halls of residence and university applications are monitored to ensure that students are placed into their course, and accommodation of choice, in a timely manner.
In addition to university applications students are encouraged to gain work experience in areas of interest. Holiday work, even if voluntary, is strongly advised and encouraged. Those students entering the work force in the following year will have their work experience monitored by a careers advisor.
The careers office provides a range of services, opportunities and experiences that encourage students to make informed choices about their future career pathways through:
- One-on-one interviews for all Year 12 and 13 students
- One-on-one interviews for all other students by appointment
- Up-to-date careers information and opportunities for students
- Specialist speakers from industry or tertiary institutes to provide up-to-date information to students
- Assistance with subject selection and preparation for tertiary study
- Scholarship advice
- CV writing
- Study Link sessions
- Follow up visits from liaison staff of tertiary institutes to help students with applications
- Full and part-time job vacancies advertised in the department and online.