At GEMS Metropole School we work hard to help students apply skills learnt in school life and the wider world. We strive to support knowledge, help students to acquire skills and develop a strong character to help prepare them for their future aspirations. Our primary aim within careers guidance at MTS will be to provide all students with the tools, knowledge and skill development to support each step of their individual journey. Ensuring as many opportunities to develop and grow, and be ready for the 21st century workplace in the 4th industrial revolution.
What We Offer:
Throughout the MTS Secondary School, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of their individual strengths, development areas and personal interests within education and possible career pathways.
Years 7 and 8
An introduction to careers through the Enrichment and Moral Education programmes is designed to develop self-awareness and for students to learn about the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life including career pathway decisions. Students will also be introduced to the Unifrog platform, allowing them the opportunity to research and learn about multiple careers and industries. At MTS, we are adding new opportunities for our younger year groups each year.
Students are supported throughout the GCSE/IGCSE Options process by Heads of Year, LEAD Teachers, Head of Careers and the Secondary School Counsellor. Students will receive information in a variety of contexts such as GCSE/IGCSE Options Evenings, parent information sessions, career fairs and online resources. Two key online resources to be utilized will be Unifrog and Lifology, and in addition students will have their own dedicated Year 9 Careers Day with an accompanying GCSE Subject Marketplace.
Unifrog allows students to map the required courses for certain career pathways they may be interested in. Whereas Lifology is a psychometric testing platform that will help students to further identify their individual strengths and how these are connected to certain fields and industries. With the help of these resources and the knowledgeable staff at MTS, your child will be fully supported during this crucial stage of their education.
Years 10 and 11
Throughout Year 10 and 11, students will be offered slightly different support structures. As always, students will continue to have access to the online resources, with Unifrog being their key tool for subject and university research. Year 10 will focus on the beginning of their GCSE/IGCSE journey, touching base with their Head of Year, Career Advisor and/or Secondary Counsellor with subject concerns and study support.
Year 11 will focus on examinations and the selection of their A Level courses. Through this process, students will meet with middle leaders within the school to discuss their current grades and the probability of gaining entrance to Sixth Form. Students will also engage in an A Level Subject Marketplace where they will gain invaluable knowledge from staff about Sixth Form and the individual courses they may like study. Students will furthermore have the chance to inform our younger years about the GCSE/IGCSE program.
Both Year 10 and 11 will be invited to our many university fairs held at the school, whilst also being informed of all opportunities externally in Dubai. By August results day, Year 11 students will have individual sign-up meetings which will determine if they will gain entrance to MTS Sixth Form.
Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)
By the time your child has reached Sixth Form, the career guidance is firmly about supporting university application and individual student pathway progression. Comprehensive support documents are in place with Heads of Years and LEAD teachers that will provide students and parents focused updates and guidance around their A Level course progress, university/career advice and student wellbeing.
Throughout these two years, students will have the opportunity to attend many university fairs held at the school, whilst also being informed of the external events taking place in Dubai. There are presenters that join us throughout the year from different universities around the world to present not only about their university, but key topics being discussed around the world and key points to ensure their success in life after school and higher study. Students will also have the chance to inform our younger years about the Sixth Form/A Level program.
Students are expected to research and have clear university and pathway goals by Sixth Form so that support can be individualized. We would also expect that these goals have been communicated and agreed on with parents at home. At this stage, we support all students with how to apply to all corners of the globe, including how to complete the required documentation etc. However, we do not apply to university for your child – this is a family process. The Head of Careers and Secondary Counsellor will be available for student and/or parent meetings requested in advance and will do our best to support this next stage in your child’s educational journey.
Useful Links for Year 10-13: General Careers and Examination Information
www.unifrog.org for research and shortlisting of universities and courses worldwide. This tool can also be used for personality tests, career/subject research, logging community service, MOOCs and completing the university application process.
https://mypathtouni.com/ for GEMS partners involved to support your child’s EVERY step from school to university. This resource also supports parents in understanding the international student journey. This is a tool to further support your schools career guidance staff.
https://www.oxfordaqaexams.org.uk/ for information about Oxford AQA International
http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/ for information about Cambridge Assessment International Education
careerswales.com click on Tools and Resources, Leaflets and A-Z
brightknowledge.org for careers information
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers for careers research
ucas.ac.uk useful for researching career pathways and suitable higher education courses in the UK
russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices/ Guide to choosing A Level options
oxbridgeapplications.com For students applying to Oxford or Cambridge Universities
prospects.ac.uk/options_with_your_subject.htm Information on graduate recruitment from a range of degree courses
fulbright.co.uk for students with British qualifications wanting to study in the USA
collegeboard.com to register for the SATs (required for entry to US universities)
educationau-incanada.ca to research university and college courses in Canada
studyoptions.com covers Higher Education in Australia and New Zealand
study-in-europe.org covers Higher Educations options in Europe