Canadian University Visit
On Wednesday 22 February, we were delighted to welcome 16 Canadian institutions of higher learning to AISM. This fair was open to all students in Middle Senior School, giving them the opportunity to speak directly to reps from the following institutions:
- Carleton University
- Concordia University
- Lakehead University
- Memorial University
- University of Alberta
- University of Guelph
- University of Manitoba
- University of New Brunswick
- University of Prince Edward Island
- University of Waterloo
- Alexander College
- Columbia College
- Georgian College
- Humber College
- St Lawrence College
University and College Applications can sometimes be intimidating students who are applying for the first time and it is always good advice to speak to admissions staff of the study programs that they are interested in so that they can build up a picture of what is expected of them. For more information about courses in Canada, please visit www.studyincanada.com.
In the next few weeks, Year 10 students will receive a briefing session about a careers guidance service that we offer to students called Futurewise. Whilst we target Year 10, this service is available to all students from Year 10- 12. The aim of Futurewise is to help ensure that young people get the right level of support and information at the key transitional stages of their educational development.
Futurewise membership begins with psychometric profiling, designed to identify abilities, aptitudes, personality traits and interests. This profiling looks for fundamental abilities and the scores are not improved by revision so students of all academic abilities are able to complete the process.
The profiling results are presented in a series of graphs, tables and reports. The report concludes by identifying a number of career paths based upon the student's profile results and subsequent further research.
Futurewise members receive an interview with a careers guidance professional to discuss their profile report and academic and vocational aspirations. During this interview, students have the opportunity to talk through the outcomes and identify their next steps, actions and research. Parents are welcome to attend this interview.
Members will gain access to the Futurewise website provides students with the opportunity to research universities, higher education and careers options, and up to date information from around the world. Students will also have access to an information, advice and guidance helpline (phone or email) to answer career and higher education related questions.
One of the key features of Futurewise is that students will have access to this service until their 23rd birthday, providing ongoing support for students who may leave us for other schools, whilst at university and also for those applying for their first jobs. Profiling will take place at the end of May.
As this service has a cost involved, I feel that it is important for parents to have an opportunity to find out more about Futurewise. Therefore I will be providing an information session for any interested parents on Thursday 16 March, 3.20pm - 4.10pm in AG07. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend this session.