At Glenalmond, we encourage all our pupils to consider their career aspirations throughout their time at school. Mrs Adamson our Careers Coordinator, works alongside Mr Smith, the Head of Sixth Form, to provide an excellent level of advice, guidance and opportunity to investigate life beyond Glenalmond.
All of our pupils establish a profile via Morrisby, a platform designed to identify strengths and ambitions as well as raising aspirations and encouraging pupils to fulfill their goals. Pupils take the full Morrisby Profile Assessment in Fifth Form to establish the best course of direction in terms of Sixth Form subject choice, higher education and potential career paths. New pupils who join the school in the Sixth Form complete the Morrisby Profile Assessment on arrival so as to ensure they also benefit from this excellent platform.
This March (1-5) is National Career Week and we have arranged an exciting programme for the pupils on a range of topics, including videos from former pupils in careers ranging from veterinary medicine to accountancy and financial advice to film-making and setting up your own business.
Mr Smith (pictured) gives an overview of our careers activities in this article on our website
The school's Medical Society regularly invites doctors, vets and dentists to discuss their careers with prospective applicants. On a much larger scale, Mrs Adamson also facilitates the biannual Careers Fair which attracts upward of 50 different career providers including public organisations, private firms and university representatives.
We have built a strong network of communication with OGs who regularly contribute to the school's various lecture programs, as well as being called upon as sources of career information and direction. All of our Sixth Form have the opportunity to complete training in how to become a LinkedIn high performer, delivered by Miles Duncan (OG), the founder and CEO of LinkedIn Success Systems.
In the Sixth Form, there is a strong focus on skills required for the workplace with the First Impressions Count initiative being delivered through the Learning to Learn Programme. In order to gain their First Impressions Count certificate, pupils are first assessed on their ability to write professional emails, deliver group presentations and pass an interview. Those applying for competitive university courses also complete a series of mock interview sessions in preparation for university interviews.
There is also an increasing need to draw attention to the benefits of apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, which a small number of our Leavers go on to follow in place of traditional university degrees.