Careers Department

The BGS careers department is in the privileged position to advise and guide our talented pupils who inevitably excel not just academically but also in areas such as Drama, Music and Sport.

The broad range of skills and talents that we have encountered in our pupils over the years have given us experience in a wide range of career routes, higher education courses and vocational options. From the traditional routes into professions such as Law, Medicine and Engineering to more unique options such as Zoo Conservation, Fashion Design or the most prestigious Conservatoires, there really is not a lot that we haven’t encountered before!

We encourage our pupils to explore careers options from an early age and work hard to link them to contacts or alumni who are already working in the areas that they are interested in. We work closely with the academic and pastoral teams to support and guide pupils in achieving their career aspirations.

Where to find us

The Careers Department is housed in a new and modern careers hub in our state of the art Sixth Form Centre. It is home to our Head of Careers and the Competitive Courses Coordinator, both of whom have extensive experience in preparing our pupils for life beyond BGS.

Boys and Girls of any age are encouraged to drop in to discuss their plans or are welcome to make a formal appointment with any member of the team. Both libraries are also well stocked with up to date publications
and resources.

BGS pupils have a wealth of opportunities to discover a wide range of careers. There is our biennial Careers and Higher Education Convention, which is well supported by nationwide and overseas universities, as well as large and small companies and individuals.

A successful community

One of the distinct advantages of the Careers Department at BGS is the access that we have to such a diverse and successful network of former pupils. There are frequent speakers in school giving career related talks and we look forward to welcoming back ex-pupils to share their experiences with current students.

BGS pupils make an impact everywhere, in every continent and in every profession. The assurance, tenacity and warmth of BGS pupils impresses employers and admissions officers in equal measure.

Whether they are eminent medics, leading journalists, international sports stars, award winning actors, renowned academics or dedicated public servants, it is fair to say that BGS has proudly played a part in the success of so many ex-students who are making a difference to our society.

Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8)

SELF DEVELOPMENT and CAREER EXPLORATION

Our Year 7 pupils take part in a cross-curricular careers project, which explores the world of work. Pupils research a variety of careers and go on to lead and manage their own Careers Fair, which our Year 6 pupils enjoy visiting. This early introduction to a wide range of careers establishes the importance of career exploration as well as showcasing the creativity and organisational skills of our pupils.

Year 8 pupils enjoy using the KUDOS programme as part of their form time programme of study. This career profiling resource allows them to discover where their strengths and interests may lead them in terms of their future education and careers. At BGS Year 8 is the crucial GCSE options year. Parents and pupils are invited to the Year 8 Options evening which is followed by individual options interviews with senior staff and career related interviews and advice, ahead of making their GCSE choices.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS

As our pupils progress through their GCSE courses, we encourage them to be ambitious and open-minded about possible career routes. BGS pupils take part in a school supported work experience programme and embark upon the ‘Careers Brief’, an aptitude testing and profiling scheme provided by the well-known Cambridge Occupational Analysts. Each pupil receives a personalised report and individual careers interview, carried out by a specialist team, based on their career profiles.

University visits for aspiring Oxbridge applicants are arranged during their GCSE courses and potential applicants for Competitive Courses will start a structured programme of preparation and advice led by our Competitive Courses Coordinator. Year 11 students are invited to attend our Sixth Form Open Evening, which signals the start of the A Level Options process. Sixth Form experience days give a taste of the next stage of their BGS journey and provide a valuable opportunity to work with our highly skilled Sixth Form team who offer support and advice on their next steps.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

In the Sixth Form, there is a co-ordinated approach to Careers Education and Guidance led by a highly experienced team. Post-18 options include, UCAS applications, Apprenticeships, Study Abroad or Gap Year experiences.

BGS sixth formers get specialist help for the rigorous university admissions tests, such as the BMAT, LNAT and UKCAT. All students in Year 13 have the experience of a formal mock interview; these are conducted by university tutors, as well as many individuals from professions and local businesses. We encourage students to visit universities and to attend courses, such as the Cambridge Law Conference.

Sixth Form students can hone their debating and leadership skills, whilst exploring potential careers, by taking part in numerous events and competitions, for example, the Sir Rhys Davies Mock Law Trial and the Young Enterprise competition. We also recognise the importance of relevant work experience, which allows young people to develop their skills whilst at the same time exploring their career options carefully.

The Careers Department aims to enable students to develop the skills and contacts required to realise their ambitions. We are excited to play a key role in bidding farewell to our students at the end of their BGS journey but are equally fortunate to welcome them back to celebrate and learn from their successes in the future.

Careers brochure