Formal careers education at Wellington starts relatively early: towards the end of the Fourth Form the College offers an assessment of interests and aspirations delivered by an independent organisation that specialises in careers’ guidance to schools such as ours.
The aim is to not only to start the thought process early but to try to inspire pupils and ignite within them a small flame of interest which will hopefully burn brighter as the years go by.
Less formally there is time devoted to developing pupils’ ideas for their future after Wellington in tutorial periods throughout the Third and Fourth Form years. When in the Fifth Form and Lower Sixth Form, individual pupils are encouraged to think more specifically about what they may do after Wellington and university. Throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms there is a series of industry presentations, generally given by successful Old Wellingtonians, where pupils can investigate where their individual passions and interests lie. In March there is the annual Careers’ Fair, at which some 50 Old Wellingtonians and some parents visit the College to offer their advice and insight into their particular industry.
All the above is supported by the Higher Education & Careers Department staff, tutors, HMs and a fully stocked reference library in the HE & Careers Department, which is regularly used by many Wellingtonians. The Wellington Community Office is also becoming increasingly key in connecting current pupils with Old Wellingtonians and parents for work experience and careers support – a very useful extra string to the College’s careers bow.