While the Careers programme is primarily the responsibility of the Head of Careers, many other people are involved, including the Heads of House, Assistant Heads of House, the Management team, Sixth Form Tutors, The Inspiring Futures Foundation, Universities and Employers.
Stewart’s Melville College has an extensive Careers Library and online resources to enable boys to research their chosen careers. There is no substitute for meeting people from various professions when making career choices and boys have extensive opportunities to do so throughout their school careers.
S1: All boys participate in Take your son to work day, where boys are given the opportunity to go to work for a day with one of their parents.
S2: All boys have an hour of Careers PSE with the Head of Careers. In addition, there is an S2 Careers Afternoon (we invite guests from various professions along to a careers afternoon to be interviewed by the boys). The Head of Careers is also involved at Subject Choice time.
S4: Every boy sits a psychometric profiling test, specifically designed to help with Career choices. They are then interviewed by a trained Careers Advisor from the Inspiring Futures Foundation. They also have the opportunity to attend our Annual Careers Convention which is open to all our senior pupils (S4-S6) and has over 50 representatives from Scottish, English and International universities as well as various professions.
S5: The boys can attend Careers lunches to meet people from different fields of work. Alumni and representatives from universities and professions also give individual talks. In early June, they must do at least one work experience placement, and help is given to arrange these. If your child studies languages they have the opportunity to take part in work experience exchanges with pupils from France and Germany. Nearly all our leavers progress to Higher Education and we host a UCAS information evening to help them with this process. For the few boys who do not progress to Higher Education, extensive support is given to help them apply for college or apprenticeships. In addition, they get PSE sessions on Careers and also get help with CVs.
Sixth Form: The advice which our co-educational Sixth Form receive on Careers and Universities is a great strength of ESMS. This is very much a team effort, with the Director of Sixth Form co-ordinating the UCAS application process while working closely with the Heads of Careers and the Sixth Form tutors. Our students go on to a huge variety of courses and destinations both in the UK and abroad, as well as receiving advice on non-university options such as college and apprenticeships.
We have also recently introduced ESMS Connect, an online networking platform for our S5 and Sixth Form boys and girls and for our Former Pupils, allowing them to connect with members of our school community for mentoring, support and advice.