We use a well-established framework for career education called DOTS. All our work seeks to further the following key outcomes within this framework:
- Self-awareness in a careers and education context
What do I like? What am I good at? Where are my weaknesses? How do I know?
- Opportunity awareness
What are the career and education opportunities out there? How do I find out about them? Research skills, open days, courses, work experience, attending relevant talks etc.
- Decision-making skills in the future planning context
Become adept at weighing up the many future options surrounding education and career decisions and, once you have decided on goals to pursue, come up with a realistic and effective plan
- Transition skills (Employability)
So you have identified career and education goals (e.g. you want to get a work placement with Goldman Sachs or you want to gain a place at Oxbridge), what employability/transition skills will you need (e.g. interview skills, CV writing skills, reading beyond the curriculum etc.) and how do you develop them?
We believe it is fundamentally important to teach our students to excel as young people and as young leaders too. In an increasingly competitive world, it is essential that our girls learn how to project and promote themselves dynamically and with confidence. That will stand them in the best stead when it comes to applications and interviews for higher education and careers.
To that end, and using staff who have many years’ experience of working at senior levels in the business environment, we run workshops for girls from Year 8 onwards which are aimed at developing relevant leadership and employability skills. We teach, by way of example, interview technique and how to present well at interview, negotiation tactics, presentation and public speaking skills, ways to shine in the workplace and ways to make an application form sparkle.
We also offer one to one mentoring for Oxbridge and other university interviews, helping the girls to present themselves in the most positive fashion.
To be successful, young people must be interesting. Young people must be interested in what is around them. Young people must stand out from the crowd. Young people must be leaders, team players, committed, enthusiastic and adaptable. Our leadership and employability programme aims to ensure that when our students leave Surbiton High School, they are all of those things.
Terence McDermott – Director of Careers and Guidance
Before joining Surbiton High School, Terry was Regional Director with Inspiring Futures/ISCO (The Independent Schools’ Careers Organisation), a charity providing career guidance and education services to young people at top schools.
He has experience working with the Careers and Sixth Forms at some of the UK’s best known schools, such as Radley College, Oxford High, Harrow School and Wellington College. He is using this learning to build a Department at Surbiton High School which aims to be a national leader in its careers and higher education provision.
Prior to this, he worked in security services in Colombia, the Caribbean and Indonesia and in television production on various current affairs, documentary and entertainment shows such as "The Apprentice". He has also worked in executive search, headhunting bankers for leading investment banks such as Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and UBS.
Terry has a degree in law from Cambridge University, the Qualification in Career Guidance/Postgraduate Diploma from University of East London/Institute of Career Guidance and is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. He is also founder of the UK’s first charity for people with voice problems (see www.lary.org.uk)
Ziba Leckie – Assistant Director of Careers
Prior to joining the staff at Surbiton High School, Ziba’s career has largely been in Marketing, PR and Events Management. Her role focused on the successful delivery of complex marketing campaigns to promote leading technology trade shows, including BETT (the British Education and Training Technology Show) and Apple Expo. She has experience in managing marketing departments and has been involved in recruitment, training and career development.
Ziba has a Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development, a degree in French and English and is an accredited Morrisby Practitioner.
David Sanders – Leadership Coach
David Sanders read Law at the University of Exeter. He worked in the corporate department at Macfarlanes, a major City law firm, from 1991 to 2013. He trained at the firm, qualifying as a solicitor into the commercial real estate team in 1993 and joining the partnership in 2000. David sat on the firm’s trainee solicitor committee for 11 years, with responsibility for the recruitment of new trainee solicitors into the firm from universities and law schools, and for their pastoral care during their two years of training. He also sat on the firm’s senior management committee from 2010 to 2011.
David now works as Leadership Coach at Surbiton High School, based in the Sixth Form Centre. He provides guidance and training on (amongst other things) interview technique, public speaking, commercial awareness, career, university and A-level choices, and the preparation of personal statements and workplace application forms. He also works for part of the week as a freelance law tutor, teaching property law and contract law at BPP University in London.
www.prospects.ac.uk – Job profiles, find out about career families, link degrees and careers.
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk – Great info on a wide range of careers in the healthcare industries.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/ – A fantastic resource from the University
of Kent with lots of information.
www.morrisby.com – Access your Morrisby Report online.
If you need your access code, contact the Careers Deparment or phone Morrisby on 01442 215521.
Helpline: if you have signed up for the Morrisby Profile, you have access
to their Careers and Higher Education Helpline on 01442 215521 for advice.
www.careersbox.co.uk – Bored
of reading? Watch videos about different careers on this entertaining website.
– A directory of Sector Skill Councils (SSCs). There are over 20 SSCs
representing different industries.
They provide you with job profiles, information on demand for new talent in
their particular industry, events, apprenticeships, plus much more. Examples include:
Some have dedicated career spin-off websites, such as:
are a great way to find which companies work in which industries. There will
usually be one for most sectors (tip: Google industry name + directory or
association). Use these to make “cold approaches” for work experience/jobs. For
The COA Careers
Directory – A book that gives simple profiles of different careers and
tells you what demand is like for these professions. Multiple copies available
in the Main and Careers Libraries.
For university research resources,
see the University Section Here