We are so excited to have started our newly established Career Guidance Program (CGP) at Woodford International School.
What is the CGP?
The goal of the CGP is to guide students through an exploration and planning process to ensure a seamless transition from secondary school to their chosen post-secondary pathway.
What is currently happening in CGP?
This semester, Dawn Bennett (a volunteer with a number of years of experience in career coaching, international recruitment and counselling) and Rachel MacKinnon (Deputy Head for Learning) are helping PSSC students explore interests, careers, colleges, scholarships, and more. The process involves self-exploration, career exploration, career planning and management activities, in which students learn about themselves and the options available to them.
What about the other students who are not in PSSC?
Alex Haro (Secondary School Principal) has arranged guest speakers to speak at assemblies about their careers and has been running an after school activity encouraging entrepreneurs. We hope to extend the CGP to IGCSE 1 and IGCSE 2 students in the near future. Following this, we will extend the program to students in Years 6 – 8. IGCSE 1 and 2 students will be involved in our Career Encounter Sessions this term. Our Career Encounter Sessions are times when we invite guest speakers into school to speak with IGCSE 1 through PSSC students about their career and the various pathways they have taken to get where they are today. We have had a number of speakers this term and are excited to welcome more throughout the rest of the year.
What can I do as a parent or guardian?
Our CGP is not complete without participation from the family. Parents and families play a critical role in helping students plan for post-secondary success by providing support and guidance alongside educators. Talk with your child at home about their strengths and talents, their future aspirations, and what type of post-secondary pathway they might be interested in: career, technical school, two-year college, four-year university, apprenticeships, military or volunteer service, etc. Encourage your child to explore various avenues in an effort to find the correct ‘fit’ for them.
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