Students attended an employability workshop run by top City firm EY. EY managers and employees presented career options, interview tips and managing your own brand to help students consider not only what career to choose but how to get through an interview.
Thank you to EY and to Aston University who organised the event. Only a limited number of schools got to take part and KHS Sixth Form took 25% of all the places as we have close links to Aston University and we asked for more than double the places. Those who attended all had excellent attendance to lessons and attitude to learning scores of either ‘Excellent’ or at least ‘Good’ because it is important students are on track to get the grades required to enter top careers and attendance and work ethic are key to achieving the grades.
Samra Ali, who attended the trip, summarised some key tips:
Think about your strengths. Write down 5 strengths that you can show your interviewers. They could be what you use and do often. Performance, what you do well in. Energy, what makes you feel good.
Interviewers and employers only take 20 seconds to read your application or CV, so the first impression you give to them is important.
Within 30 seconds in seeing you, interviewers can make first impressions. So: be on time, be prepared and be engaged.
Create a lasting impression: show your personality, show that you’ve done you’re research by knowing about why you want this placement, think about your body language, listen, don’t rush and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Year 12 started with an inspiring talk from a former student who now works as Head of Events for the largest event management company in Europe. His tips were: be nice and polite (employers want this); work hard at getting the grades (it will be needed to get you an interview); and learn your craft (if you have an interest or career in mind).
Then students chose their extra-curricular opportunities followed by talking with alumni about careers. Year 12 enjoyed the leadership training along with registering with Unifrog to research university courses and Pathways CTM for career opportunities and apprenticeships.
KHS Sixth Form sixth form achieved 61% A*-B in 2018 so our A level results were outstanding for the 3rd year running. Biology and Chemistry achieved over 70% A*-B which the medical students were pleased to know. Our Sixth Form is rated in the top 10% nationally: so students have joined a successful centre. We welcomed over thirty new students to the Sixth Form from other centres which has significantly increased from 2017. Over 60% of Year 11 enrolled with us and nearly all of our top students at GCSE decided to stay with us. With four students securing Oxbridge places and three off to Medical school, students were assured they can get top grades at KHS as well as experience an amazing extra-curricular package.
On a cold Sunday, Year 13 student and Head Boy, Haider Nazerali, hosted a suitably magical day of debating in K Hall and surrounding classrooms as a fundraising event for the educational charity, Debate Mate. The event attracted teams from far and wide, with two schools travelling from Suffolk to participate, and ran from 9.30am until 7.30pm.
Assisted by members of the Upper School Debating Society and Haider’s contacts from the English Speaking Union and Debate Mate, he organised four rounds of Harry Potter-themed debating (on aspects of the rules of quidditch, the responsibilities of wizardry, the rights of centaurs, and the powers of spells), plus a pizza dinner and an enthusiastically argued and highly entertaining final. House points were awarded (as per the Houses of Hogwarts) and certificates presented to the winning team and to the finalists. Kingsbury fielded four teams in the competition and whilst they did not reach the final, they debated with distinction and a good time was had by all. At the end of the event, Haider was able to announce that the event had succeeded in raising over £300 for Debate Mate. Full credit should go to Haider for a fantastic achievement, which he thoroughly enjoyed and which gave a very positive impression of the school to those who visited on the day.
Learning to work together to solve problems and preparing for job interviews were just two of the many areas brought together for the Sixth Form’s Employability and Careers Day, which was delivered to Year 12 students by several external organisations, members of the Sixth Form team and former students.
In a series of workshops, students were introduced to aspects of the employment process, such as writing CVs and covering letters, performing well at interview, negotiating assessment centre problem-solving tasks and preparing for graduate scheme applications. In addition, students received advice about apprenticeship schemes (including degree apprenticeships) and what employers are looking for in the candidates that apply to them.
The Sixth Form says thank you to the organisations that supported this event: Montium Training; Pathways CTM and City Insights; Amazing Apprenticeships; Dynamic Training; and Brent Connexions. We were also grateful to four former students – members of the school’s Future First alumni community – who returned to support our current students: Darshan Chotani (investment banker, Santander); Omar Rasul (auditor at KPMG); Yusef Badi (researcher in Computational Biology); and Natalie Garces-Bovett (assistant producer, Nuffield Southampton Theatres).
This was the last piece of the jigsaw in our progression support for Sixth Form students this year, having worked with the students on aspects of the UCAS process, taken students to universities (Westminster, Hertfordshire and Reading) and brought universities into school (Brunel, City, Leicester and Roehampton). We have tried to ensure that Sixth Form students are fully informed for the next step in their lives, whichever route they wish to take. These events followed earlier sessions throughout the year about preparing for life after sixth form: stress management, meditation, healthy eating, surviving university, radicalisation, and the job market today and in the future.