As the academic year reaches its climax with the beginning of the examination period, the Professional Guidance department is looking ahead to the next cycle of Higher Education and Careers advice.
The 6.2 students who have applied to university this year are making their final choices from the offers received whilst concentrating on A2 exams. On Friday the 6.1s had a lecture from the Admissions Officer from the University of Southampton about how to make an attractive and individual application via UCAS. This was followed by sessions with Vikki Alderson-Smart, Sarah Oakley and myself about setting up UCAS or Common Application accounts (for USA), and understanding the portfolio process surrounding Art College applications. This Sunday evening (8 May), the information will be shared with 6.1 parents in the SLT at 7.30pm.
On 18 June, 6.1 and 6.2 students will be invited to the OB Fair – a hugely popular event – where OBs currently at university return to Bedales in order to share their experiences with the sixth form. This interaction has proved very valuable to our students as it gives them an insight into undergraduate life. Block 5 students are by no means forgotten at this time of year, and will have their own Careers Fair on 24 June where numerous professionals from a huge variety of specialisms come to discuss their own career paths and offer tips on how to get to where you want to be.
It is a very exciting time of year for us in the PG department and we hope the students enjoy the events as much as we do.
By Alison Mason, Careers and North American university liaison