The Careers Department offers a series of events throughout the five years at Radley, see aims of the department
are held during the year with relevant professionals to give the boys an opportunity to discuss specific career areas. Visits, courses and practical advice are also available on almost every aspect of future career development.
In the Summer Term of 6.1 the Interview Techniques Course
provides an introduction to completing forms, compiling a CV and preparing for interview. As part of the course each boy is given a practice interview, the aim of which is to develop general interview techniques. This is designed to complement the subject specific mock university interviews which are arranged by academic departments.
As part of ISCO
membership the Vth form sit the Morrisby Psychometric Test
. In the Summer Term we hold the 6.1 Careers Conference
. The aim of this is to raise awareness of the choices faced on leaving Radley, and in the years immediately following. The three main elements of the Choices Conference are the Radleian Society, Gap year planning and careers choice.
Much advice is provided regarding Gap Year
placements. Lectures are organised, and the database "Worldwide Volunteering for Young People", which provides contacts, can be accessed in the Careers Centre.
Boys in 6.1 are encouraged to partake in Work Experience
or Community Action Programme
at some stage during the year. For those who choose work experience we support a programme designed to give boys a taste of a particular career; it is important that such placements offer a useful introduction rather than menial work. Many university courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Law and Engineering expect boys to have undertaken work experience prior to application. Placements ideally occur during the Easter or Summer holidays. It is recommended that boys organise their own work experience, but help is provided if sought in good time. Currently the Vth form also undertake selective work experience after their GCSEs.
The Careers Centre is based in, and operates as part of, The Library. It stocks a great number of books, magazines, and prospectuses on careers, Gap years and universities, as well as DVDs and materials on study skills, decision making, self-awareness, CV completion and interview skills. It is also the venue for the Careers Advisor to interview the boys. He or she comes into College once a term and is available to boys from the Vths upwards.
Members of the Careers Department are always available to discuss ideas and give advice.