Form 5 and 6 students recently spent an afternoon immersing themselves in activities and seminars giving information and advice about university.
Recruitment officers from several universities including Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford Brookes and Portsmouth spoke at the event. They gave tips about how to write the all-important Personal Statement including its structure and content, finding scholarships and finance for studies, preparing for interviews and how to choose a course and a university.
Old Oakhamians, two currently at Leeds and one who recently graduated from Exeter, chatted about university life and answered questions about UCAS and applications.
Further sessions included a practical from Unifrog showing everyone how to search for courses, a talk highlighting pathways to study for creative careers and a talk on alternatives to university.
“The aim of the afternoon is to encourage students to think about their next step in education, career choices and to make the transition to university a little less daunting,” says Head of Careers Pippa Gibbs, who organised the event. “Hopefully after attending the afternoon our students will be a little bit clearer in their minds about what they wish to do when they leave School and how to research a particular field of interest.”
Oakham’s Careers Department works closely with external partners and contacts, as well as its extensive alumni network to help ease students into higher education, careers and work experience. Numerous events are hosted at the School each year, including Careers and HE Fairs, a Science Guest Night and a Careers Week.