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 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 Careers and UCAS Co-ordinator, a dedicated Work Experience officer, an Oxbridge applications co-ordinator and a clinical courses applications coordinator. This allows Oakhamians access to a broad range of specialised advice from experienced staff, regardless of their

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 principal benefit of providing our careers guidance internally is that our careers teachers already know and understand the pupils; this helps the quality of the advice given, as it can be tailored to their needs and preferences.

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.

The School works closely with external partners and contacts, as well as its extensive alumni network, to introduce students to careers and work experience. Numerous events are hosted each year, including a Careers and HE Fair, a Science Guest Night, Careers Week, and University Day.

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.