Career Guidance Policy

Policy on Career Guidance at St Edward's College

Introduction

The mission statement of St Edward's College endorses the philosophy of holistic education as the core part of all its activities.

Our pupils are educated for life. By the end of their educational programme, they are well equipped with the necessary skills required to make them successful in their future career or profession.

This policy will be updated regularly and parents will be duly informed.


Objectives

This policy has three main objectives:

(a) To enhance co-operation between teachers, pupils and their parents to support all students in their effort to identify their most suitable career or profession.

(b) To ensure that all pupils acquire those skills and knowledge required for their chosen career or profession.

(c) To adapt the curriculum according to modern demands in the various careers and professions which are available in Malta and abroad.


Careers Guidance Policy

The Headmaster, the Heads of Section and Curriculum Coordinators are expected to develop strong links between the curriculum and the world in which College pupils will fulfil themselves in the career or profession of their own choice.

Special attention is given to the gradual formation of the pupil's academic, character and moral formation as follows:

(a) The fulfilment of the student's academic potential, with special focus on subject options which will greatly determine the student's progress towards the attainment of his/her future goals.

(b) Training in curricular and non-curricular activities to enable the student develop and acquire strong communication skills

(c) The ongoing development of creative thinking through subjects based tasks in class and discussions at House, Class and Year Group level.

(d) The great emphasis on leadership skills to prepare pupils to assume posts of responsibility.

(e) The formation of all pupils in social interaction skills to promote listening skills, the values of tolerance and flexibility, and to teach them how to manage difficult situations.

All College stakeholders have a different role to play in supporting this policy and in ensuring its success for the benefit of our pupils:


The Headmaster

(a) He ensures that the College policy is fully implemented and regularly reviews it with all concerned, including the IB Diploma coordinator, the Senior Management Team, the Careers Advisor, teachers, parents and pupils;

(b) He is also responsible for Letters of Reference required by pupils when they need to move to other educational and training institutions or to seek employment.


The International IB Coordinator

(a) She co-ordinates this policy through her regular contact with Heads of Section, Curriculum Coordinators and individual staff members;

(b) She is responsible for the profiling of pupils in view of their future career or profession demands.


Head of Section of the Middle School and the Senior School

(b) He organises educational outings and extra-curricular activities with the overall objectives of this policy in mind;

(c) He immediately takes action when parents seek their assistance in helping their son with his subject options in Year 8 and in other careers related enquiries.


Teachers

(a) They indicate to parents and to College management the strengths and needs of individual pupils for immediate action.


House Tutors

(b) They focus on the pupil's character formation, especially during the morning registration sessions. These sessions enhance self-esteem, the sense of belonging to a group and the value of learning through shared experiences;

(c) They emphasise careers related topics. This will be more frequent as the pupil moves from Year 6 to Year 11;

(d) They also offer their guidance to their tutees who seek their advice.


The Careers Advisor

(a) He offers his expertise to all our pupils at individual or class level whenever this is required;

(b) Parents, staff members and pupils should direct questions to him which require detailed information about entry requirements for local and foreign Universities, and other educational institutions, careers or professions;

(c) Parents may meet the Careers Advisor by appointment. He may refer the pupils and parents to external advisors when the advice requires specialist expertise;

(d) The Careers Advisor attends all Careers meetings regularly organised by the local Education Division and participates in national conferences and workshops that have a strong bearing on the development of careers and professions in modern society.


Parents

(a) They are expected to support this policy for the benefit of their child and to collaborate with College personnel when their support is essential for the welfare of the pupil;

(b) They should seek to help their son in his search for his future career or profession without putting him under excessive pressure. The freedom of choice of a child's future career or profession is a very sensitive issue that requires strong collaboration between parents, pupils and educators.


Pupils

(a) They are expected to show a personal interest in their future career or profession and to do their utmost to pursue their chosen future goal with great vigour and self-discipline;

(b) They are encouraged to seek the assistance of College personnel to get advice on their favourite careers and professions;

(c) They are free to consult with any person of their own preference. They will in no way by obliged to consult with any College personnel unless such meetings are organised with their own consent.


List of available services at St Edward's College

Careers Advisor
Pupils and parents can meet the Careers Advisor by appointment during normal school hours.

Careers oriented visits
Most educational visits organised throughout the upper junior classes, in the Middle school and in the Senior School help pupils to get some insight into specific careers and professions.

Visits for Senior School boys (Year 9-Year 11) are organised to help them familiarise themselves with different careers and jobs.

Lectures/talks/discussion groups
Visiting lecturers and guests with expertise in different careers and professions (law, medicine, architecture, journalism, computers industry, tourism sector, and sports) address careers related topics.

Subject options
The College offers a wide range of subject options at the end of Year 8. The subjects taught in the upper forms (Year 9 - Year 11) guarantee that our pupils have the opportunity to meet successfully the entry requirements of all local and the majority of foreign University degrees/programmes of studies at undergraduate level. The College curriculum obliges all pupils to take the core subjects as stipulated by the regulations of the University of Malta.

Participation in the National Careers Convention
Year 11 pupils participate in the annual National Careers Convention and in other similar experiences which are sometimes offered by the private sector in specific areas.

Supporting students to settle in foreign Universities
The College fully supports pupils who decide to continue with their post-secondary studies abroad. The Headmaster and the IB Coordinator will advise the students and their parents throughout the registration process.


Conclusion

This policy promotes the concept of lifelong learning through lifelong guidance during the years a pupil spends at St Edward's College. In a global world where changes are a daily event, the education of a pupil demands that access to career guidance needs to be improved through innovative service delivery.

Our final goal is to make our pupils' entire life as successful as possible through a career or profession that brings the joy of self-fulfilment to all Edwardians.

Should parties wish to get in touch with our Career Guidance Councellor kindly contact Mr Micallef Trigona on careers@stedwards.edu.mt  

 

Kind Regards,

Mr Micallef Trigona
Career Guidance Councellor

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