Career Planning and Support
At ISS career education and assistance with planning for life beyond school is part of the key to success for students. Whilst some students have clear ideas of their future path, many do not and need considerable support in their decision making. We like to provide all students with a variety of experiences that will help clarify potential options and future direction.
Work Experience is built into the Year 10 and 11 ACT programs. Students identify areas of interest and work placements are arranged according to need. Students spend a week on site gaining valuable hands-on experience in a field that they could potentially move into. This experiential learning helps to work out whether a career path is a good fit. Students reflect on their experiences, give feedback to employers and often finalize potential career paths through this process (see the PowerPoint prepared by a Year 10 student visiting Fiji Foreign Affairs in 2015 and student self evaluation of the experience.).
The annual Careers Expo is an exciting event that is looked forward to by both our own senior students and those from other schools in the community. Representatives from local businesses and enterprises, as well as tertiary education providers in Fiji, and alumni work hard to ensure that this is a highly successful event. Small workshops increase student awareness about university entry processes, transition, attending interviews, preparation of a CV and so on. These help make the event very practical for those who attend.
It is recognized at ISS that the key to future success is for students to follow their passion. Sometimes it is best for students to hear from young people who have moved into careers they are passionate about. The student-driven career lunches are a means to provide such information. Experts in their field have taken time out of their busy schedule to come during a lunchtime to talk about their work and the path by which they came to be in that particular profession. We have also had a person who has expertise on gap years present.
Aside from these events, ongoing career education and advice provided in the Senior School gives students the necessary information and confidence to face a succession of options, decisions and career choices. Parents and students receive the university booklet and are supported where requested in university applications, particularly for the Common Application process for the United States, UCAS for the UK and UAC for Australia.