The Mary Erskine School has an extensive Careers Library and online resources to enable girls to research their chosen careers. There is no substitute for meeting people from various professions when making career choices and girls have extensive opportunities to do so throughout their school careers.
S1: All girls participate in Take your Daughter to Work Day: girls are given the opportunity to go to work for a day with one of their parents.
S2: All girls participate in The Real Game, a simulation ‘played’ during PSE where girls find out what their lives would be like if they opted to choose different careers. This is immediately followed by the S2 Careers Afternoon.
S4: Every girl has the opportunity to undertake a psychometric profiling test. They are then interviewed by a trained Careers Advisor. They also receive PSE lessons on post 16 options and have the opportunity to attend our Annual Careers Convention. Our Annual Careers Convention is open to all our senior pupils (S4-S6) and has over 50 representatives from Scottish, English and international universities and various employers
S5: Each girl has the opportunity to attend Careers Lunches to meet people from different fields of work. S5 girls all receive PSE lessons on post 16 options and life at university. Each girl has the opportunity to undertake 2 weeks of work experience. If a girl studies languages she has 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 Higher Education information evening to help them with this process.
We have recently introduced ESMS Connect, an online networking platform for our Sixth Form boys and girls and for our Former Pupils, allowing them to connect with more experienced members of our school community for mentoring, support and advice.