Oundle School’s careers programme has two distinct but complementary strands involving both an academic focus on Sixth Form options and university applications, and a professional outlook towards work experience, CVs and interview skills.
The formal careers programme begins in Summer Term of the Fourth Form with an aptitude profiling test. The results of this test form the foundation for future decision making about Sixth Form subjects, degree courses and careers. During the Fifth and Sixth Forms, we guide pupils through CV writing, interview practice, researching degree courses, completing the UCAS application and pre-test preparation.
Nearly all Oundle pupils go on to university, and the School provides extensive guidance and information about university applications in the UK, USA and worldwide. Some degree course subjects require specific subjects to be taken at school, so it is important for Fifth Form pupils to do relevant research and seek advice from the Careers department. UK applications are made in the Michaelmas Term of the Upper Sixth, either for entry immediately after school or for deferred entry after a gap year.
Whilst it is clear that pupils need to make well-informed decisions about a university and degree course, and that university applications must be top quality, it is increasingly the case that graduate jobs are offered to those applicants with a strong CV showing relevant work experience. For a vocational degree course, work experience will enhance an application and, for some courses, is a requirement. We believe that pupils should begin to develop their employability skills in the Fifth Form, and build up their confidence and their CV gradually through the Sixth Form and at university.
The Careers Department is staffed by two full-time dedicated advisors, as well as members of the teaching staff, and is open from 9.30am each weekday. In addition to the formal programme, pupils can drop-in during break and lunchtimes, or make an appointment to discuss their higher education and careers options. There is a well-stocked Careers department library available for pupils to do further research.
Mrs E Aubury
Head of Careers