Fourth Form pupils follow our “Developing Skills and Values” course, focusing on transferable skills, twenty first century employment skills and the importance of personal values. This is very much the foundation of the Careers programme.
Remove pupils progress to looking at “Interview Skills and the Workplace”. Pupils are taught about and develop interview skills, researching Careers options, effective networking and developing confidence and assertiveness. Some of these lessons allow them to fully prepare for the Remove Careers Morning [please see list of events below].
Fifth Form pupils focus on “Preparing for the Future”, preparing an initial CV, links between subject choices and Careers, teamwork and manageability and preparation for work experience.
As part of the Sixth Form Lecture Series, pupils take part in lectures and sessions relating to various careers. Sixth Form pupils are also an integral part of the Careers Committee, leading up to Careers Week and are given the opportunity to develop professional mentoring skills, in conjunction with Belmont School. They may also choose to attend Old Millhillians Careers events in central London, allowing them to meet and network with past pupils who may provide professional opportunities. At the beginning of the academic year, pupils are invited to a networking lunch with external visitors in The Large. Lower Sixth Form pupils also complete a Professional Skills Course in May, concentrating on four key elements of a typical graduate job application. Resources relating to writing an effective CV, cover letter and practising interview skills are available on Firefly.
We have an extensive Careers programme of events and talks at Mill Hill School. Events for 2019/20 are listed below.
Friday 13 September – Sixth Form Networking Lunch. This will allow pupils to practise networking skills and meet professionals and representatives from various sectors.
Friday 27 September – Advertising Unlocked Day – Sixth Form pupils will visit and take part in workshops at Karmarama advertising agency in London.
Wednesday 16 October – We will also be exploring new initiatives and technology in Careers, working with Class Careers and Price Waterhouse Coopers, through an online workshop and question and answer session, on Wednesday 16 October.
November – Removes will begin the “Interview Skills and the Workplace” series of lessons, preparing for the Remove Careers morning in December.
Friday 15 November – Fifth Formers complete the Morrisby Test. This is a careers aptitude test, taken by the majority of Fifth Form pupils each year. Pupils will also receive a one to one interview with our Morrisby representative after the January GCSE mocks and a thorough guidance booklet comprised of their test results and careers suggestions.
Friday 15 November – Derrick Hoyle, Creative Director of Sole Trader, is speaking to the Lower Sixth about his career.
Tuesday 10 December – Remove pupils will take part in a Careers workshop over three lessons. This is comprised of the following sessions – “Exploring Careers” – speed mentoring sessions, “Future Aspirations” – panel discussion and Q&A, “Environmental Careers” – an interactive session and talk from Global Vision International.
January 2020 – Fifth Formers will begin the “Preparing For The Future” PSHRE series of lessons, making important links between Careers and A Level options. Fourth Formers will also start looking at Careers, through the “Developing Skills and Values” course.
January/February 2020 – one to one Careers interviews for Fifth Form pupils will take place in the Careers Office, following the Morrisby Test.
March 2020 – Careers Week will commence on Monday 16 March. This will include a leadership seminar, a “Business Basics” masterclass with Bluebox Academy and the biennial Careers Fair on 19 March. Other events will be confirmed shortly.
May 2020 – Lower Sixth Form pupils will take part in a Professional Skills Course, following key elements of a typical graduate job application.
June 2020 – Sixth Form pupils may choose to complete a work experience placement as part of Activity Week. Pupils will attend a “Preparation For Work Experience” lunchtime session and limited placements will be available through Mill Hill School contacts.
The Careers Office/Careers Clinic
The Careers department is based in the Careers Office, providing a base for the Careers Clinic and meetings with pupils. The Careers Clinic operates on a weekly basis and pupils from all year groups are able to book one to one appointments. Pupils are given a detailed summary of careers they are interested in, possible opportunities for work experience as well as discussing school leaver and apprenticeship programmes. The Careers Office also contains books for pupils to borrow.
These initiatives have very much been enabled by help from The Old Millhillians, the Mill Hill School parents’ network and other contacts. The Careers department will always gratefully receive further contacts and offers of attendance at various Careers events. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you are able to attend any of our events.
Mrs Natasha Fenwick, Head of Careers
Mr Martin Pearce – Careers Assistant