A message from Miss Hunter
Dear all Year 11 and 12 Students
As we progress towards the end of the year I look forward to seeing you all at our Futures Week next week in my new role as Head of Careers and University Counselling. Attend all sessions possible to get the most out of the week and enjoy the experiences that are on offer to you. Whether you are planning on going to University in the UAE, UK or elsewhere in the world our university trips will not only let you see what is on offer to you in the UAE but allow you to experience what University is like. There will also be numerous opportunities for you to listen to and ask questions to our guest speakers who represent a variety of Businesses in the UAE who will be sharing not only what their job involves but the road they took to get there.
Read more on our speaker events or about our whole programme.
This week is vital preparation for next year and your understanding of what choices are available to you. I welcome your questions and feedback next week. Or email me in advance with any queries!
On the week starting Sunday 3rd June, the first after Study Leave finishes, Year 12s will be devoting the whole week to preparing for the next stage of their career after A-level. For some this will mean planning placements, experience or applications for full-time employment, while most will be planning a conventional university application. (Even so, the changes to fees have made the “automatic conveyor belt” to UK universities for British-passport-holding students no longer such an automatic choice, and everyone ought to be considering worldwide universities.)
The week will be devoted to
- choosing universities
- writing personal statements
- organising work placements to enhance CVs
To aid students in making these choices, we have organised two trips in the week – to DIAC (the universities in Dubai), on Tuesday – and to NYU in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Both trips return before the end of the school day and cost 40AED each for transport costs only. Download the letter, including the booking slip, and complete and return it (cash only) to the Head of Careers as soon as possible – there is some competition for places.
Not only will the visits enable students to get a good “feel” for universities (the facilities, the lifestyle, the workload), to ask relevant questions of Admissions Directors and meet real students, they will provide a refreshing break in the week to enable students to think clearly and continue to develop their choice effectively. I strongly recommend all students go on both trips – but make sure you book at least one. (Students not attending a trip on a given day will instead be working at school with staff supervision on their personal statements.)