Careers Advice, Guidance & Counseling Target
What students choose to do as a career is directly influenced by how they think, that is, by their theoretical perspective. However, this perspective may not be something they consciously develop over time. Making a career plan at ‘A’ Level is a critical decision of one’s life and it often proves a mammoth task for the students. The school provides a well resourced career advice service that assist students to explore their options and select tertiary institutions that would help them achieve their career goals. The facilities and services offered include.
- A comprehensive careers programme for all Year 12 and 13 students on personalised advice, guidance and counselling with regular group sessions on a variety of and right career choices.
- All Year 13 students participate in the centigrade programme at the beginning of their academic year or end of Year 12 on guidance and suggestions regarding Higher education courses. The programme provides each student with a personalised profile on interests, qualities, skills, special talents, achievements, etc with an aim of targeting the right course.
Group & Personalized Career Guidance
- Advice and guidance on university/college applications and admissions from start to finish (choosing a course to accepting a place). This focuses on exploring study opportunities in different countries, best institutions and study programmes, students finance, scholarships based on merit and need, accommodation and student life, among others.
- Advising students on choice of ‘A’ Level subject combinations based on their abilities, interests and future career plans (course/job – matching).
The careers Library is well stocked with prospectuses, directories, handbooks and reference books on a range of careers and courses. There is easy access to careers internet sites and up-to-date computer-based career programmes (Higher ideas). Students have a facility to loan information booklets, CDs/DVDs and prospectus from the Library.
- Organizing students for universities fairs, career information sessions, talks and presentations by university representatives and professional institutions to expose them to various opportunities available throughout the world. We have successfully hosted several U.K. universities and Australian universities/Colleges Fairs.
Peer Counseling Sessions
- Peer counselling sessions are usually conducted where our old students from different universities meet and talk to current students about university life and thereafter.
- Work experience/attachment, be it part-time or full time makes students appreciate that career-oriented placement is beneficial to their proposed courses and future employment prospects. The department organizes venues for students work experience in order to develop skills and personality types that correspond with work environment. We also advise them how to secure work placement on their own.
Other career Guidance Services
- We maintain close links with foreign mission offices especially U.K., USA, Canada, India and Australia in regard to their higher education policies and visa requirements.
- Invitation for interviews may seem daunting to many students. We help them with interview skills training on how to prepare for the interviews and discover more about the courses they with to pursue. They are also guided and prepared for university admissions tests.
- We encourage a closer partnership with parents in our efforts to advice and guide students make the right career choices. Through career talks and consultations with parents, there is always positive ‘parent power’ to support their children when considering career choices. All avenues are open wide to explore and build up a successful future.
Higher Education Planning
On 26th August 2015, the careers department met all Year 13 students to guide and advise them on higher education and career choices. All students were given Biodata forms requiring their personal, academic and co-curricular profiles.
On 28th August 2015, all prospective UK Universities applicants held a session with the careers advisors on the progress of application procedures. Overall, the applicants were on the right course of registration process, admission tests and drafting personal statements.
Higher Education outside UK
On 10th September 2015, a representative from EU Business School visited our campus and made a fruitful presentation to 20 Year 13 students on study opportunities in Switzerland, Spain and Germany.
On 11th September 2015, a group of 60 Year 13 students attended educational Fair at Southern Sun Hotel organised by Uniserve Education. Participating universities were from USA, Western Europe, South Africa and Asia. On the same day, a representative from Drexel University, USA visited our campus and made a presentation to prospective students on several undergraduate programs offered by the university.
On 15th September, 15 Year 13 students attended a highly informative higher education forum by Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Darmouth Universities of USA at Rosslyn Academy.
UK Universities Fair
The Academy successfully hosted the one day Fair at our Senior High Campus. Students immensely benefitted through talks and individual consultations from leading 43 universities that participated in the fair. In particular, students came to know the requirements of new courses being introduced by various universities. In all, 12 schools/Academies from Northern Nairobi and the countryside attended the Fair.
Talks covered the Disciplines of Medicines/Dentistry, Business, Engineering, Actuarial Science, UCAS application tips/writing personal statements, Art and Architecture and Psychology.
On 24th September 2015, 22 Year 13 students attended a presentation by a delegate from study in Malaysia Edu Link who visited our campus. The prospective applicants were exposed to several study programmes in Malaysia, including application and admission processes, cost of education and visa information.