Careers Education &
Guidance in the Sixth Form
“The relationships we have with our teachers creates a comfortable atmosphere for brainstorming future careers.”
—Lower Sixth Student
The Careers Education and Guidance Programme is a cornerstone of the Sixth Form experience and it is something we are very proud of. We devote a great deal of time and energy to ensure that each girl is given the knowledge, confidence and time to make informed choices about her future.
A Powerful Network
Every girl is a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust for life as a member of the Alumnae Network: the largest female alumnae group in the country with more than 75,000 members. This impressive group of women, along with current and ex-parents and friends of the school, means that our students can seek unparalleled advice from a diverse range of professionals. We take every opportunity to bring them into school through a busy programme of events such as Careers Evenings, Networking Breakfasts, Careers Masterclasses and lectures. We also encourage our girls to explore the world of work for themselves, using this network to visit employers, large and small, and gain valuable work experience placements and internships. The chance to be mentored, personally, by a member of the network and to attend the GDST Young Leaders Conference or Oxford and Cambridge Conference ensures that our students are given unique opportunities to develop skills for university and beyond.
The Pathways Mentoring Programme
The Pathways Mentoring Programme is exclusive to Croydon High School. Designed to prepare girls for a fulfilling professional life, The Pathways Mentoring Programme allows time and resources needed to explore career areas fully, investigate qualifications, find work experience and to recognise and develop transferable skills. It champions a student-centred approach which aims to encourage girls to explore their own path through careful and supportive fortnightly mentoring sessions. The various pathways that we offer respond to student demand, but the following have proven especially popular over the last few years:
– Business and Finance;
– Creative Arts;
– International Relations, Politics & Civil Service;
– Medical, Veterinary & Biochemistry;
– Media & Communications;
– Open (for those who want to explore multiple options);
Experienced mentors have knowledge of and access to online courses, trips, additional reading and a wealth of networking contacts that will broaden knowledge and experience of a particular field. Every girl collates her personal careers education, guidance and research findings on our online platform in preparing for university and job applications.
Importantly, this support does not stop once girls leave us. We are always willing to offer advice to ‘old girls’ should they need it.
Higher Education and Apprenticeship Preparation
University admissions and preparation for degree apprenticeships are important elements within our careers provision programme. Our expert careers team works closely with admissions tutors from Oxbridge, Russell Group Universities, specialist Higher Education Institutions and Apprenticeship providers. We regularly welcome visitors from prestigious universities including Oxford and Cambridge to advise on choosing a course or a university, on writing a winning personal statement and other issues such as student finance. We also host regular workshops from the GDST Careers Start Programme which covers a diverse range of topics from writing your CV to negotiating a pay rise.
Presentations from global companies such as PwC, Frontier, and Man Group inspire our girls to think creatively and to consider apprenticeships or exciting gap year opportunities should these be appropriate. Our highly experienced team also provide invaluable guidance regarding potential courses or destinations and give expert advice when completing application forms and preparing for interviews.