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)