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National Recognition for canford careers department

We are delighted that Canford’s careers department has been selected as runner up in the latest ‘Best of the Best’ awards in The Week’s Independent Schools Guide.

The category ‘Great for careers guidance and work experience’ reflects the best schools across the country offering careers support as judged by the magazine’s editorial board.  

This is wonderful national recognition for our careers department whose staff have worked extremely hard to develop careers support for both current pupils and their families across the school and also to OCs.   In addition to ongoing daily advice including interview practice, guidance on personal statements, UCAS applications, Gap Years and apprenticeships, there is also a monthly online newsletter detailing latest higher education news, work experience opportunities and key deadlines.   A careers mentoring service is offered to all Sixth Formers with a mix of current and former parents and pupils offering insights into 15 different industries.   Pupil selection for the popular overseas Partnership trips is based on an assessment centre process, emulating a job application. The school has also built up strong links with a number of leading corporates including JP Morgan and EY, with pupils gaining places on popular work placement programmes at both organisations.  Harnessing the power of social media, there is also now a dedicated Twitter feed @CanfordCareers which follows developments in career opportunities and university admissions closely.

Michael Doherty, Head of Careers, commented:

“In an increasingly competitive job market, especially for graduates, we believe it is vital to start preparing pupils with the knowledge and skills they will need to develop at the outset of their Fourth Form through to Upper Sixth, and beyond to OCs.  We aim to open pupils’ eyes to as wide a range of opportunities for development as possible that will help them be successful in the world of work.  It is very rewarding that our efforts have been so well recognised against independent schools across the country.”

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