Upper IV prepare for GCSEs and beyond
On Tuesday 27th January, Upper IV took part in Careers Day which is designed to help the girls prepare for life following school and university. Here, Amanpreet Bains, Upper IVA, gives an account of the day.
‘Careers Day gave us an insight into the preparation needed for university and our future careers through writing CVs and university applications. Dressed like businesswomen in heels and suits we were ready to take on all the day demanded!
Before the day commenced we were split into 7 groups and all given a particular career to research for a presentation later in the day. We were asked to show the different aspects of the career, share what we had discovered about that particular career and why we might choose it. From this we gave each other advice about how to approach the career of our choice.
The day started with Mr Murphy (Director of Sixth Form, UCAS) giving us a talk on CVs. This was very useful for us as although we are in Upper IV (Year 9) we are choosing our GCSE options and learnt that we should see clubs and any extra-curricular activities as an advantage in writing a CV.
Throughout the day we discussed the various careers which need the same subjects to be studied and the skills needed.
There are many questions which will keep us thinking until the day we apply for university. Some of these are: why is this course/career so special, what are my achievements, what are my skills and why do I stand out from the other applicants?
We were assured that it is fine at this stage to not know what you want to do at university and to learn the subjects you enjoy and are interested in for GCSE and not be influenced by the subjects your friends are taking. Don’t follow the crowd, be yourself!
Many of our questions were answered, for example, Mrs Murphy (Senior Form Teacher, Upper IV), gave a talk on why our GCSEs are so important and how to tackle the issues that arise when finalising our options.
A word of advice for the year below – when it’s your Careers Day come prepared ready to learn and have your questions ready!’