Higher education & careers
At Southbank, we provide bespoke support to our students to inform them about their higher education and career options, and help them make the right choices for their futures.
Our highly qualified and experienced Higher Education and Careers team comprises three counsellors who have expertise in careers learning and university application processes in the UK, US, Canada, Europe and beyond.
The Higher Education and Careers team is integral to Southbank International School’s aims and missions, working alongside the pastoral and academic programme to provide;
- Equipping students with all the necessary skills and qualities to study successfully at universities around the world, and fulfil their personal and academic potential.
- Offering holistic, bespoke and individual support to students and parents through each step of the higher education application processes.
- Providing lifelong career management and employability skills.
Our higher education and careers programme
Students learn about the world of work through an exciting range of activities, including guest speakers, take-your-child-to-work day and optional work experience placements. They develop their employability and career management skills through workshops and ‘Approaches to Learning’ that are embedded within the MYP curriculum.
To begin the career planning process, students complete a psychometric assessment and meet with a member of our Higher Education and Careers team. This helps to inform what may be the best IB Diploma subjects for each student and subjects they may wish to study at university.
Students are encouraged to explore career options, to try internships and volunteering roles in fields they are interested in, and to speak to professionals who work in these areas. They also have the opportunity to attend our International University Fair.
Students who are interested in applying to the US are able to sit the PreACT.
Students have regular one-to-one meetings with our Higher Education and Careers team to discuss courses, careers and universities of interest.
Our ‘International University Fair’ is a highlight of the programme. Held biennially, we host admissions officers from universities across the UK, North America and Europe, providing an opportunity for students to meet and speak to representatives, and learn more about courses, entry requirements and application processes.
‘Application Day’, held in the final term of Grade 11, includes workshops on ‘UCAS Application’, ‘The Common Application’, ‘Writing a Personal Statement’ and ‘Writing your College Essay’.
Students continue to develop their career management and employability skills through a wide range of activities, events and workshops, and through the ‘Approaches to Learning’ that underpin the IB programmes.
Students who are interested in applying to the US have the opportunity to sit the PSAT.
Bespoke information, guidance and support continues throughout the student’s final year at Southbank. Students continue to meet with our school counsellors to review their higher education and career options, and to process applications. Support includes interview and admissions testing advice, preparation and practice.
At Southbank, it’s not just about getting high grades. But an excellent set of results is a natural by-product of our approach. Take Sahara, a recent graduate of Southbank, who with the help of our Higher Education and Careers team, is now studying at world-renowned Harvard University, USA.
Meet The Team
Higher Education & Careers Lead – Jane Arneil
“A qualified teacher and CDI Careers Leader, with L6 CDI Career Guidance Theory, I lead a team of dedicated and highly experienced careers guidance professionals. Together, we ensure that pupils can make informed decisions about subject, university and potential career choices, at key transition stages.
At Southbank we pride ourselves on providing every pupil with the very best advice and guidance, helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations.”
Higher Education & Careers Advisor – Rosalind Stewart
“I really enjoy working with teenagers and helping them to navigate their university choices across the world. I have a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension online and many years of experience working with students.
I have recently completed an MSc in Global Politics, on top of my other degrees, including an MBA and a BA in History. Learning never stops, and I continue to gather new information and experiences from students and institutions every year.”
Higher Education & Careers Advisor – Ana de Castro
“A lot of dedication and effort goes towards aiding students post-secondary aspirations at Southbank. As a registered CDI Careers leader, getting students excited about university and the vast offerings across the world is what motivates me year after year. I look forward to working with our students as we navigate the university application process and the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.
I am a passionate lifelong learner, and I have recently completed an M.Ed. Educational Leadership. I am also a member of the IBEN community, teacher, trainer, writer and presenter with a wealth of experience working in a variety of cultures and venues around the world.”
Universities in the UK and around the world hold the International Baccalaureate in high regard because of the breadth of knowledge and skills IB students gain through their studies.
Over the years, this recognition has resulted in many Southbank students securing places at some the world’s most prestigious universities. Something you can find out more about on our university destinations page.
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