Careers & higher education

Our aim at Monmouth School for Girls is to help pupils find the right career opportunities for them and develop a range of skills for the future.

Pupils receive individual careers guidance, as well as participating in a comprehensive Careers Education Programme. The Careers Department supports students throughout their post-16 decision-making process. This includes advice about subjects and university selection, apprenticeships and taking a Gap Year.

Mrs Johnson, Head of Careers, is assisted by form tutors and staff, who have built up specialist knowledge in particular areas, including Oxbridge. All pupils have access to Careers advice through Mrs Johnson, as well as open access to the Careers Library, with its wealth of paper-based and internet resources, providing relevant information on higher education, Gap Years and specific careers.

The Careers Education Programme

Our extensive programme includes workshops on various career areas, with visiting speakers, throughout the year.  Pupils are also encouraged to participate in careers experience courses which are organised by Inspiring Futures and other organisations. Additional topics covered within the Programme include:

  • Work experience and community work
  • Researching degree courses and the UCAS applications system
  • Preparation for student life
  • Overseas universities
  • Gap Year opportunities
  • Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships
  • CV writing
  • Skills for employment – including interview techniques, mock interviews
  • Morrisby Psychometric Assessment

Plus, in the summer term of Year 12, a series of talks and information days are organised to help guide students with their university and post-A level decision-making.  An annual Careers Convention is also organised jointly with Monmouth School for Boys.

Further information:
Mrs Ann Johnson, Careers Advisor
Tel: 01600 711138      Email: johnson.ann@habsmonmouth.org

Useful links

UCAS  (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) The definitive website for looking at Higher Education.
ISCO  (Independent Schools Careers Organisation) Excellent for work experience courses and careers.
Careers Wales  This has guidance for different age groups, including interview advice for sixthformers.
National careers Service provides a very comprehensive, informative database of careers including contact details for associations, societies and institutions for different sectors.
Prospects  Provides clear and detailed graduate job information.  Students can find out about which jobs particular degrees may lead to.
WWV a large database of volunteering opportunities worldwide
www.yearoutgroup.org provides information on how to make the most of your Year Out. This includes over 35 provider organisations offering a wide range of locations and activities.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk A useful starting point for students that are not considering university after A levels.
www.icould.com gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys including career videos as well as hundreds of written articles.
http://www.careersbox.co.uk/ Careers films on the web