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Careers

Careers Department - Provider Access Statement

The Careers department at City is very active and provides Careers Education and Guidance throughout the school to support each girl’s preparation for working life. We aim to develop the girls’ knowledge and experience of opportunities in education, training, and employment, so that they can make informed decisions regarding their future. Our work is in line with the CDI Framework and the Gatsby Benchmarks, identified by Sir John Holman in the Good Career Guidance Report.

These aims complement the school’s vision: inspirational learning, exciting partnerships and a strong culture of self-reflection.

Our department nurtures all students, allowing them to flourish into happy, balanced, and resilient individuals. We seek to cultivate their strong social conscience, as well as positive attitudes to self, health, spiritual and moral issues, respect for others and the environment – shining qualities for these future pioneers and leaders.

  • Ellie Perkins, Head of Careers and Higher Education; Coaching Team Member
  • Rebecca Anstee, Assistant Head of Careers
  • Jennie Sutton, US University Counsellor
  • Elizabeth Aquilina, CEMP Higher Education Coordinator
  • William Tibbits, STEM Higher Education Coordinator
  • Melrose Gray, Prospects Advisor

There is an active careers committee formed of year 12 girls. This offers students first-hand experience in events planning and organisation for CLSG students, parents, and partner schools.

Pupil entitlement:

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities,
    as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of
    education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including
    technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group
    discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical
    courses.
  • To receive independent careers guidance.

What our careers department offers

Unifrog

Our careers programme offers students exposure to various career options, informing their future career decisions. With access to Unifrog, students can research numerous qualifications and opportunities, sign up to various career webinars, pathways and application processes, whilst also tracking their careers work. Parents also have access to Unifrog to support their daughters through this process.

 

Application support

In sixth form, students are closely supported through the whole process of their university applications. The careers course is delivered through PSCHE, assemblies and events with admissions tutors and external speakers. All students receive a higher education induction, offering them questions to consider when making their choice. We also host a higher education evening for year 12 parents and pupils, during which admissions tutors from various distinguished institutions – such as Oxford, Cambridge, King’s Imperial, LSE and UCL – answer any queries.

 

Enrichment classes

These run in year 12, alongside a UCAS day during which students are supported with their UCAS forms and personal statements. In year 13, students receive mock interview support, organised by the careers department in conjunction with appropriately trained volunteers from local industry. Through long running partnerships, we also provide specialists in Oxbridge style questioning.

 

Supporting medicine applicants

For students planning to study medicine, we offer tailored support via a weekly MEDSOC. These students receive specialist advice on organising work experience, finalising university choices, and understanding playing to their strengths during the application process. We also work closely with the Medic Portal and FastTrack Medical to provide UCAT and BMAT preparation courses and an MMI workshop.

 

Support for overseas university applicants

For students planning to study in America, our US Counsellor, Dr Jennie Sutton, works closely with students as they prepare their applications. Year 12 students also have a timetabled weekly meeting to prepare for US university applications. Prior students have secured places at Brown, Columbia, Georgetown, NYU, Princeton and the University of Chicago. We also support students applying to Canada or elsewhere in the world, and prior applications have included Toronto, McGill, Sciences Po and Bocconi.

 

Careers talks and conventions

Every half term, the careers department organises ‘Life after City’ career talks during PSCHE, with around three speakers selected to discuss various topics. Students are able to tailor their programme of talks to that which suits their personal interests.

The careers department also runs a biennial careers convention held for year 9s and above, where students converse with various employers and network for work experience work experience opportunities.

In addition to advice from our careers department, students also have access to our independent partner Prospects Advisor, Melrose Gray. She is scheduled to meet one-to-one with students in year 9, and again in year 11. She is also available to year 7 and 8, should a student wish to access her advice and support.

 

Work experience

Year 11 students undertake work experience following their GCSEs, and the careers department offers assistance with drawing up CVs and cover letters in preparation for this. We encourage students to independently find their placements, whilst also being at hand to assist with contacts when required.

The careers department works hard with outreach, inviting partner COL and other schools’ students to gain useful skills from our events.

Careers in fashion
Zoe Souter, Marketing Manager Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design,

Careers in healthcare communications
Lisa Cohen (alum) , Healthcare Communications Consultant

Chartered business management degree apprentice strategy consultant IBM
Olivia James, IBM

Careers in finance
Polina Kudryavko, Senior Portfolio manager and Head of Emerging markets at Bluebay Asset Management

Careers in IT and entrepreneurism
David Barker, Internet entrepreneur

Careers in charity
Liz Campbell, Ex Charity Director for Wellbeing of Women; Chairman for the Association of Air Ambulances Charity

Careers in nutrition
Helen Bond, State Registered Dietitian/ Freelance Consultant Dietitian

Careers in law and human rights
Andrea Coomber, Director of Justice

Careers in events management
Megan Anstee (alum), Freelance Events Manager & Director of MA Endeavours Ltd

Careers in insurance
Helen Williams, Professional Indemnity Underwriter at QBE European Operations

Finding out about Camp America
Arianna Ware, Camp America

New York University and University of Notre Dame
Mikael Perreau, ‎Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at New York University

Harvard University
Janet Irons, Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard

Dartmouth College
Emma McLeavey-Weeder, Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College

Careers in international development and media
Anita Lowenstein Dent

Careers in socially responsible law
Jenny Beck

Careers in child psychiatry
Dr Abigail Swerdlow

Careers in fashion
Rebecca Prowse, Events and Partnership Officer at Fashion Retail Academy

Careers in construction
Charlene Sargeant, Community Liaison Manager at Lendlease

Careers in management consultancy
Kat Buchanan, Senior Manager at Accenture

Studying abroad
Sophia Doan and Mark Huntington, A Star Future Ltd

Careers in beauty and starting your own business
Sharmadean Reid, WAH Nails founder

Careers in marketing
Sarah Willer, Brand Manager at Unilever

Careers in investment banking
Ho Yan Yap, Lazard

Careers in dance and theatre
Alistair Spalding CBE, Artistic Director and CEO of Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Careers at the Bank of England
Sam Woods, Bank of England

Careers in advertising
Alisa Fleischmann

How CEIAG is monitored and reviewed at CLSG

As a department, we continually strive to improve and actively listen to our stakeholder
feedback, collected via short online forms following our organised events. In addition, our pupil feedback is gathered termly by the Pastoral Team via form captain
meetings and junior and senior school council meetings. Whole school feedback is collated yearly from parent surveys and the Friend’s Committee meetings. This is also carefully analysed to ensure we develop our support in accordance to and targeting specific needs. Our organised events are adjusted and adapted each time, in accordance with our annual feedback.

Further information

Should you wish to find out more about the work of the careers department here at City, please contact Eleanor Perkins, head of careers and higher education, or Rebecca Anstee, assistant head of careers. For US university information, please contact Jennie Sutton, US counsellor.

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