- Career Planning for IB Students

Career planning is an essential focus for IB students.

It helps students to:

  • Focus and relate their  IB studies to a longer term goal / university course
  • Increase their knowledge and understanding of the array of opportunities and careers on offer, hence widen their possibilities for life after school. For instance, if you choose a medical career, you may want to be a scientist, pathologist, neurologist, nurse, radiographer, anesthetist or a surgeon.

For Year 12 students, career planning involves:

  • Thinking about yourself and your ambitions by setting goals and targets and exploring degree pathways.
  • Exploring career options and linking with your appropriate IB subject selections.
  • Working out what type of career area or job you want to do
  • Finding out how to get into this career area/job by checking entry requirements
  • Creating a broad list of possible university destinations and courses that interest you.

At BSJ there is a Pastoral Team are here to assist you with all of the above. Careers guidance includes whole group presentations from Ms Duce and Mr McIvor, the use of Naviance Family Connection Careers Tab, and personal 1-1interviews to name but a few measures.

Students can reflect before they engage in these discussions by considering:

  • Your skills, interests, talents and preferences – this is through the Personality Type survey that you have undertaken in KS4 and the Careers Interest Profiler that was completed in Year 11.
  • Career possibilities that interest you – refine your list from the Multiple Intelligences Survey results undertaken previously in KS4.
  • Job trends – what job could you go into? Research specific university Courses through their websites to find out what jobs their graduates do or professions they enter.

In Year 12, taking the Careers Clusters survey will now present the top career cluster for you to explore further. Here you may find actual career that matches your interests and you can find out about, and explore, many pathways inside this top career cluster.

Career clusters are a way of grouping careers with common features and skills. Careers grouped into the same cluster typically require similar education and training. Exploring clusters can be a useful way to find a good career match; especially if you have general areas of interest but are not sure what specific careers match those interests.

Once you have found a career area that matches your interests and skills, you are ready to set your University Degree Course plan. At BSJ students record and review their ideas through Naviance, Family Connection – Journal Entries or adding to their Colleges I am Thinking About

Further Activities during Year 12

  • Write and re-draft at least once a Personal Statement / Common Application prompt or Supporting Statement for University applications.
  • Research occupations. Find out more about the nature of the jobs that interest you, such as educational requirements, salary, working conditions, future outlook and career development.
  • Select universities that offer a degree or program that best meets your career goal and financial needs - the College Match link will support you with this.
  • Find out about financial aid to help support you in obtaining your career goal – use the Scholarships Match in the Family Connection.
  • Register and take SAT / IELTS or TOEFL exams if they are required by your country destination for university.
  • Develop interests and skills outside of the classroom which show the qualities required for the career path you have chosen.  For example to become a teacher you need to show you have worked with, and are interested in the development of, children. Work experience and your CAS portfolio are obvious examples to think about.
  • Also, check out other Internet resources such as:

Career Planning in Year 13

When students return for Year 13, they will actively engage in completing their final Personal Statements, reviewing and fine-tuning College essays and begin with the actual process of applying to their selected universities, which is a challenging task if the students do not have in place the preparation required from Year 12.

  • Students need to reduce their Colleges I am Thinking About list to a refined Active Applications.
  • All paperwork and teacher requests in support of their university applications are written and submitted predominantly through Naviance or UCAS, hence students need to be aware of the procedures for this and factor in the time-frame required to organise this paperwork.
  • All documents are completed, as are all approved student applications by the internal deadlines set by BSJ.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that they adhere to the internal deadlines given and submitting all of their required paperwork, essays and recommendations in advance of these.

In summary – the careers overview, programme and advice for IB students in Year 12 and 13 are determined by an evaluation of:

  • The grades you have gained from previous year’s study: IGCSE / GCSE results vs University minimum entry requirements.
  • Necessity for future career flexibility
  • Your ability – discuss with subject teachers and don’t underestimate the effect of hard work and committed effort
  • Interest in and enjoyment of the subject and ensuring that each student can be successful in their chosen future career.

A full list of the university destinations that BSJ students have attended can be found in the School Profile here on the website. We are proud to have BSJ alumni at over 140 universities worldwide, which include Ivy League, Oxbridge, UK Russell Group, and the Australian Group of 8, along with some of the most prestigious universities in Asia, Europe and Canada.

Please see Ms. Duce or Mr. McIvor for further information regarding the Careers Planning for IB students.


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