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Careers Focus in High School

During Careers Week, Grade 10 students selected two 8am information sessions, which they attended during mentor group time.

Careers Focus in High School

As Term 2 has got underway, students across both campuses have had many opportunities to explore career and university options - be it as part of the Grade 10 preparation to select the subjects they will take in the IB Diploma next academic year, or as they start to explore university choices and career options beyond that. 

A number of events are scheduled in January each year to support the Personal and Social Education programme, which includes activities planned by the High School in conjunction with the teams in University Advising and the Alumni Departments as well as the Parents’ Association.

Perhaps the biggest event is the UWCSEA Careers Fair, which took place this year on Saturday, 26 January. A cross-campus collaboration, it is organised on a year-about basis by the Parents’ Association on each campus. The event provides a forum for students from both UWCSEA campuses to meet with over 120 professionals to explore various career options. A key opportunity in the career advising process, the format of information booths combined with plenary presentations and panel discussions gives ample of opportunity for our students to gain deeper insights from the experience of panelists and from one-to-one interactions that provided insight into different facets of working in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

The Careers Fair is only possible because of the enthusiastic and generous participation of volunteer speakers and organisers. This year the 2019 Careers Fair Committee of the PA East undertook the extensive work of planning and organising the event - and are even now looking at ways they can refine the format and content the next time it is hosted on East Campus in 2021 (it will be on Dover Campus in January 2020).

The Careers Fair is sandwiched between ‘Alumni Careers Week’ on each campus, for which the Alumni Department liaises with High School and University Advising staff to organise for all High School students. This year, the East Campus trialed a new format that will be investigated for future years in order to give Grade 10 students access to information in a more structured discussion environment.

East Campus - 22-24 January

Students in Grade 10 selected two 8am sessions during this week, which they attended during mentor group time. These sessions were moderated by a teacher, and students were asked to sign up in advance so that the alumni presenters could prepare. Feedback from students and teachers on these sessions was very positive and planning has already started on how this format can be included going forward.

A series of 1pm sessions were also open to all High School students from Grade 9-12.

Our thanks to the following alumni for their support of our East Campus students during this week - a number of them participated in two sessions - one at 8am and another either later during the 1pm sessions or the following week at Dover:

  • Devina Singh ‘10, Account Executive at WeWork (in person)
  • Elana Wong ‘14, Cyber Security Consultant, Watersons (Skype from UK)
  • Nikita Srinivasan ‘13, Accounts Manager, SMB Marketing, Facebook (Skype from Ireland)
  • Michael Falkner ‘99 Finance Professional Services and Business Partner, Aon (Skype from Australia)
  • Junji Sumitani ‘91, Senior VP Business Development and Distribution, CNBC International (in person)
  • Taras Wolf ‘91, Architect (Skype from Australia)
  • James Tumber ‘02, Lawyer (in person)
  • Tom Radford, Creative Director at The Antipode Production Company (in person)
  • Linda Steinbock ‘06, Humanitarian Programme Advisor, Save the Children (in person)
  • Hei Kam ‘00, Electrical Engineer and PhD from UC Berkeley (Skype from USA)
  • Lynne Cazaly ‘82, Author, Facilitator and Speaker (Skype from Australia)
  • Ipshita Nandi ‘14, PhD in Biochemistry candidate at McGill University (Skype from Canada)
  • Kiron Chahel ‘96, Financial Services and Commercial Real Estate Director at CBRE (in person)
  • Sheila Sofian ‘81, Documentary Filmmaker and Professor of Film at University of Southern California (Skype from USA)
  • Peter Breuer ‘88, Deputy Division Chief at IMF (Skype from USA)
  • Boris Forey ‘99, Pilot at Cathay Pacific (in person)
  • Sian Ng ‘02, UX lead at endowus (in person)
  • Shaan Varia ‘12, Software Engineer at Google (Skype from USA)
  • Chan Ning Lee ‘09, Eye Surgeon (in person)
  • Jorg Von Appen ‘85, Sports Law Specialist (Skype from Germany)
  • Antara Ashra ‘08, Founder of Performing Arts School (Skype from India)

Dover Campus - 28-30 January

A series of 1pm sessions were open to all High School students from Grade 9-12.

  • Devina Singh ‘10, Account Executive at WeWork (in person)
  • Elana Wong ‘14, Cyber Security Consultant, Watersons (Skype from UK)
  • Jan Lagerwij ‘94, Head of Monash IVF Group (in person)
  • Jonathan Hew ‘06, Lawyer, Specialising in International Dispute Resolution and Refugee Law (Skype from Paris)
  • Boris Forey ‘99, Pilot at Cathay Pacific (in person)
  • Sheila Sofian ‘81, Documentary Filmmaker and Professor of Film at University of Southern California (Skype from USA)
  • Ashwin Bhat ‘06, Partnerships Manager at Innovate Jardines (Skype from Hong Kong)
  • Sumi Dhanarajan ‘88, Associate Director APAC at Forum for the Future (in person)
  • Jorg Von Appen ‘85, Sports Law Specialist (Skype from Germany)
  • Junji Sumitani ‘91, Senior VP Business Development and Distribution, CNBC International (in person)
  • Farid Ghadessy ‘88, P53 Lab Group Leader and Medical Researcher at A* Labs (in person)
  • Taras Wolf ‘91, Architect (Skype from Australia)
  • Patrick Rouxel ‘84, Environmental Documentary FIlmmaker and NGO Founder (in person)
  • Robert Grignani ‘97, Paediatric Cardiologist (in person)

We are grateful for the commitment from our parent and alumni community to our students, and extend our thanks to them for their invaluable contribution. 

Learn more about Careers Fair 2019 on the event microsite, which was built by students in the Code for Good Activity Group on East Campus.

Photo of the Careers Fair by Sylvia Kong, UWCSEA East Parent.

 

 

 

30 Jan 2019
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