Careers & Work Experience

When considering Medicine I went to the Careers Department for some advice. They told me what I needed in order to achieve my goal and also she gave me some insight into other related careers such as a Biomedical degree. I found this very useful as it has helped me in my research into different universities. Arabella (Form 7)

The Careers Department clearly understands today's career selection challenges. With their open door approach, encouragement and knowledge, and their kindness and patience, I am now much more confident about how to look at my options and to move forward with them positively.Harry (Form 6)

The Careers Week at Oakham has been an incredible opportunity, where I have attended many talks, for example Careers in Biology, going to university abroad and advice for a gap year, which has made me raise lots of questions which I wouldn’t have thought of before.Maria (Form 7)

Having the Careers Department on hand to check up on various implications that I may have when altering my academic line up is extremely important when considering life after Oakham. I am about to go through the UCAS and European university application process and I am sure that the careers department will be able to make the process clear, easy and hassle free.Archie (Form 7)

A careers centre as developed as Oakham's is rare, and I feel privileged to have come across it in my secondary education.Constance Masson de Bethune OO (16)

Thanks to the Careers Department, I have all 5 offers from universities I really like and I couldn't be happier!Sasha Buravsky OO (16)

Our award-winning Careers Department aims to equip every Oakhamian with all the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about life beyond School.

We are fully committed to providing exceptional careers advice to our pupils throughout their time at Oakham and achieve this by delivering an in-house Careers Programme to support students in:

·         Making well-informed decisions at key points of academic progression in Forms 3, 4 and 5

·         Developing the skills and professional awareness needed to navigate the world of work in the 21st Century

·         Applying for opportunities post-Oakham, including UK university applications, overseas study and apprenticeships

Our students undertake the Morrisby Careers Profile in Form 3 to inform choosing GCSE options. This is followed by the full Morrisby Profile in Form 4, followed by a one-to-one interview in Form 5 to inform post-GCSE choices. They take part in taught sessions covering key topics such as interview skills and producing a CV plus the numerous events we host each year, including a Careers Fair, a HE Fair, UCAS events and workshops with external speakers. Students can also arrange additional individual meetings with members of the Careers Department and network with Old Oakhamians through The Hub, our online alumni portal.

The School works closely with its external partners and contacts, as well as its extensive alumni network, to introduce students to careers and work experience. Many of our students in the 5th Form and above undertake work experience placements organised by the Careers Department during the summer holiday, gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in a range of competitive fields, including medical and political work. We are proud of the variety of opportunities our students take following their time with us, including studying at some of the most prestigious universities in the UK and abroad and Degree Apprenticeships with top employers. We also continue to support Old Oakhamians for 3 years after they leave.

The Careers Department is led by a full-time Head of Careers and Progression, who is a qualified careers advisor registered with the Careers Development Institute (CDI). We are also fortunate to have a full-time UCAS and Careers Co-ordinator, who is likewise a fully qualified careers advisor and a dedicated Work Experience Officer, in addition to further coordinators for Oxbridge and Clinical applications. This allows Oakhamians access to a broad range of specialised advice from experienced staff, regardless of their career and study goals. We provide both internal and external support for students applying to study abroad; the School is also a SAT test centre, allowing students to take the admissions tests for US universities on site.

Having a full-time Head of Careers means that we can ensure that our careers advice is up-to-date and relevant in today’s fast-changing job market and the constantly evolving world of university provision. This makes it easier for students to choose a career path that is right for them. The Careers Department is located on the ground floor of the Smallbone Library, which also houses an extensive Careers section; this is open to students all week from 8.00am–9.00pm and at the weekends too, so students have access to information at times that suit them.


Rachael Pearson

Rachael Pearson

Head of Careers and Progression

I have always held a professional interest in students’ transition between stages of their school career and from school to university or work. I joined Oakham School in April 2020 from Loughborough Grammar School, where I was the UCAS Co-ordinator. Prior to beginning training as a careers advisor in 2018, I taught English at Nottingham High School for 14 years, during which time I completed my Ph.D (on Romantic-era drama). I also introduced and co-ordinated the Extended Project Qualification, for which I still act as an External Moderator. I enjoy swimming and language learning – I’m currently learning Portuguese – as well as soap-making and theatre.