The comprehensive Forest Careers Programme takes pupils from understanding the importance of learning and developing soft skills in Year 7, through making good academic study choices at Years 9, 11, 12 & 13, to knowing they have the skills and confidence to network and follow a rewarding career path after Forest.
Pupils have the opportunity to meet with employers across a range of professions and businesses through talks, workshops interview practice, work experience, work shadowing and meeting exhibitors at the HE & Careers Fair.We are proud to have a strong network of parents, Old Foresters and friends amongst the wider business community who generously share their skills and expertise with pupils.
During lunchtimes and after school, Year 7-13 pupils can use the regular Careers Drop-in Sessions to seek advice. Year 7-11 pupils and Year 11-13 pupils have separate drop-in sessions on alternate Tuesdays. Dedicated sessions offer age appropriate support on various subject and application types, including academic subject applications. In National Careers and Apprenticeships Weeks (usually early March) all Senior School pupils are encouraged to attend talks and workshops at the School. Year 10 pupils attend a Careers Day in June to learn and practice job application and interview skills through a series of workshops delivered by external providers.
Forest Futures Workshops give in depth insights to leading career fields including Medicine, Law, STEM industries, Marketing & Media and Finance for Year 10-13 pupils. Some places are available to pupils from surrounding schools.
Year 10-13 pupils visit the Forest School Higher Education and Careers Fair to meet nearly 100 exhibitors from some of the country’s largest universities and employers. They are joined by around 300 pupils from surrounding Schools.
Year 11 pupils will complete an online profiling exercise which will inform their discussions a few weeks later when they have a 40 minute careers interview with an independent adviser. Those considering medicine will join MedSoc for advice and support on the process from A Level options to mock multiple mini-interview practice via the Forest Futures – Medics Workshop.
Year 12 pupils are automatically enrolled on the ‘Next Steps’ Programme. At the ‘Exploring Options Evening’ in-school experts will encourage pupils to explore a wide range of options for their next steps after the Sixth Form, including special sessions on Oxbridge, medicine, applications to overseas universities and apprenticeships. In the Trinity Term, Year 12 pupils attend the ‘Apply Evening’, which explores the process involved in applying to a university or for employment with input from a visiting expert. Pupils are then invited to a series of events organised by the School on UCAS applications, personal statement writing, and informed decision-making.
In Year 13, interview practice is provided by a team of in-school and external business experts, with opportunities for outside interview practice from partner schools. Every pupil has a ‘Viva’ interview with a business or academic professional as part of their Forest Diploma Course. Many Forest pupils also think about gap years or travelling before embarking on the next stage of their education and support and advice is offered to these pupils.