Our Careers programme equips pupils with the skills they need to make a successful transition from school to whatever comes next.
Mapping out their future
In Form 5 (Year 11), pupils complete a personality profile, followed by individual interviews with a specialist careers advisor. These profiles are used as a starting point to guide student-tutor discussions about interests, future study and career options.
In the Sixth Form, numerous Careers opportunities are available to pupils, from Careers Days to Mock Interview days to Apprenticeships events. They aim to develop confidence, help students to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures, and to manage the progression from education to work, higher education or apprenticeships.
The College hosts annual apprenticeship evenings where a variety of industry professionals come to Pangbourne, allowing parents and students to find out about various opportunities and ask questions.
In the Lent Term, Sixth Form students experience a full Careers Day, complete with keynote sessions from senior leaders in business and the chance to network with people representing a wide range of careers and industry sectors. Over 40 parents and alumni volunteer to help with this day.
In the summer, the Lower Sixth work on their team building, leadership and communication skills during their 'Taking Responsibility' course. The week-long course sees pupils take part in all sorts of activities ranging from raft building and volunteering in the community, to UCAS workshops. It gives pupils the chance to use a wide range of College to develop their skills, while having plenty of fun along the way.
Taking Responsibility week finishes with a ‘Mock Interview Day’. Pupils take part in four 10 minute mock ‘speed interviews’ with prospective employers, Old Pangbournians and staff. Students are then given feedback to help develop their interview techniques and CV writing.
Throughout the year, Sixth Form students have opportunities to attend UCAS events, university Open events, and networking / Careers events at other local schools. We encourage all pupils to carry out independent research using the resources available to them but also under the guidance of the Head of Careers, tutors, the Head of PSHCE, the Head of Sixth Form and Housemasters/mistresses.
For more information or queries, please email Mr Andrew Sumner - Head of Careers.