W e are especially proud of our outstanding and innovative Careers Programme and our first-rate UCAS preparation programme. Both programmes are run by staff with extensive experience and knowledge of different universities and courses. This means that each Sixth Former at King’s can be sure of having a subject specialist mentor to guide them - and their parents - hrough the sometimes daunting application processes and towards a place at the best and most appropriate university, college, art or music school – or on to the best company training scheme - for their chosen study and career path. The majority of King’s pupils go on from school to degree courses: indeed, in recent years we have been proud to be able to say that every leaver who was seeking a place in higher Education did so. Each Sixth Former has the opportunity to be counselled individually about making the appropriate decisions and is encouraged to make use of the wide range of material available from the computer databases, especially the UCAS website, which is constantly being upgraded and uploaded with more information about higher Education.
With the set-up of The Jobs Network, many new initiatives are being put in place that will be of great use to the Sixth Form. CV writing seminars and career lunches with a professional where the pupils can talk more informally about a variety of professions and start building contacts are now obligatory for every Sixth Former.
With the recent rise in university fees and the more long term trend in the UK of a very large percentage of young people going to university, we are also trying to encourage our pupils to look at other options besides university. The School maintains contacts with many local businesses, firms based in London and with MEBP (Medway Education Business Partnership) who provide an extensive and varied selection of work placements for pupils who wish to gain work experience. As the global market, and career patterns change we try and encourage our pupils to be realistic about their futures and make informed decisions about the various options open to them. As graduates find it increasingly difficult to get work in their specialist fields, students must realise that university is not the only option that they could take, and in a lot of cases, it could be best to enter directly into the job market.