What did we learn from Careers Night?
This week we held our annual Careers Night, with 60 Old Girls returning to Abbotsleigh to advise our current students. They covered a wide range of career areas and the large audience of girls and families were fascinated to hear their stories.
There were three overwhelming messages that came through loud and clear from all rooms, regardless of the career area.
The first was to study subjects that you love at school, as that is how you will do well and will provide yourself with the best range of choices later on for tertiary options. If you don't like a subject at school, then there is a high possibility that you will like it even less at university. Thus, any course that requires that subject as background knowledge, is not likely to be the course for you!
The other heartening piece of news is that it does not matter if you do not know what you want to do when you leave school. A large percentage of the advisers were in that situation and yet they have gone on to have successful careers. All that is important is that you select a pattern of study that interests you and this will help you to develop your understanding of your passions and the type of work that will suit you best. Taking another angle, at least one adviser said she was very sure of what she wanted to do when she left school. However, once she started to study this course, she realised it was not for her and she re-assessed what parts of her course she did like and was able to move pathways easily to an area which she now finds extremely fulfilling and a much better match for her personality and skills set.
The third universal message was how important internships and networking are when you are studying. It is this factor, and not where you studied, that will help you to secure employment on graduation.
We are proud in the way we train our Abbotsleigh girls to network and intern from an early age. In a week's time, all our Year 10 girls will be out on work experience, finding out about the workforce, investigating varied career pathways and taking their first steps in networking. We wish Year 10 all the best as they launch into this exciting opportunity.
Abbotsleigh parents and students can read more Careers news on the Careers page on AbbNet, Abbotsleigh’s intranet.