Head of Careers, Susan Gower puts together a full calendar of careers events and initiatives which grow in number year on year. As she explains, “It is my privilege and pleasure to be Head of Careers and I thoroughly enjoy supporting our girls as they begin their explorations into the world of work”.
Our comprehensive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme from Year 8 to Upper Sixth is designed to ensure that every girl is supported in developing the skills and knowledge she needs to make successful educational and career choices.
Careers as part of the curriculum
The majority of sessions are delivered through timetabled PSHE lessons and form time.
These sessions aim to ensure that girls understand the range of options available and are fully supported to make the decisions that are right for her.
There are first hand opportunities to investigate the world of work during Take Your Daughter to Work Day in Year 9, Work Experience in Year 11 and our Pathways Mentoring Programme that begins in the Sixth Form.
Alumnae, friends and family regularly share their experiences providing expert knowledge at Careers Seminars and Networking Breakfasts for both STEM and creative careers throughout the year.
Our “outstanding” Careers Convention occurs once every two years attended by more than 100 delegates
“There was such a fabulous mix of backgrounds and some amazing people.”
Croydon High girls automatically become members of an independent careers advice provider, Inspiring Futures and can call on their services for advice at any time.
24 hour careers advice is also available to parents and girls through our online software packages; Fast Tomato, Unifrog, Heap and Eclips ensuring top quality information is available at the click of a mouse.
The hub of careers and higher education is the Careers Room, conveniently located opposite the LRC and next to the Sixth Form Centre.
It houses a wealth of up-to-date resources on careers, higher education, apprenticeships and gap year opportunities.
It is also where Mrs Gower meets every girl on a one to one basis to discuss her aspirations and plans for the future
“The resources in the careers room are an extremely useful way to gain a perspective on different industries and courses.”
An old-girls network that really works
Finally, one of our most distinctive features as a member of the GSDT community is that we have access to the 75,000-strong GDST Alumnae Network, offering professional mentoring contacts, work experience and internships opportunities as well as organising inspirational insight days which are exclusively available to GDST girls.
Our own Ivy Link Network of Croydon High alumnae offers an unparalleled level of support to our current girls.