Careers guidance ensures that the individual career needs of every pupil are identified and met at different stages of their schooling. At Sixth Form level our careers guidance becomes more personalised.We have a Careers Room with ICT facilities within the Sixth Form Grayson building which is well-stocked with up-to-date literature about universities, courses and careers to which students have access at all times. Students may also use the careers guidance programmes, Kudos, Discourse and Ecctis. Individual counselling and advice are available from the Head of Careers, Form Tutors, the Joint Heads of Sixth Form, and other senior staff.To provide specialist advice in individual subject and professional areas, particularly in terms of Higher Education applications, there is a biennial Careers Convention held in the Easter Term, where students have the opportunity to meet representatives from approximately 75 professions and universities. The involvement of parents in careers guidance is also actively encouraged.
Work experience is a great way to try out a job you might be interested in, see what it’s really like and talk to people who are actually doing it. It allows you to understand the job and have experienced enough to know it’s definitely for you. Birkdale enjoys strong links with local industry and commerce. We have a programme for the Lower Sixth in which all Sixth Formers spend one week on work experience in either the Christmas or Easter holidays. In addition, the school is a member of ISCO, the Independent Schools Careers Organisation, which offers a wide variety of work -shadowing and careers experience courses.