PGC News - Summer Term

It has been an exciting and busy term in the Professional Guidance Centre with many careers and higher education events for girls from Lower College to SFC.

University offers update

We are delighted with the fantastic offers the SFC2 girls have received from universities in the UK, the US and other international destinations.

Some highlights include 62 offers from Bristol, 61 from UCL, 43 from Durham, 49 from Edinburgh, 42 from Exeter, 38 from KCL, 36 from Manchester, 30 from Warwick, 22 from LSE, and 14 from Imperial. Our Oxbridge success continues with 12 Oxford offers and 9 Cambridge offers this year.

Girls have received offers from an impressive number and variety of US universities, including Yale, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Dartmouth, University of Chicago, NYU, Wesleyan, University of Michigan, UCLA, Northeastern, Parsons, RISD and School of Visual Arts NYC to name but a few. Other international offers include Bocconi, HKU and HKUST.

Events this term

Key PGC events this term have been the World of Health Networking Dinner which was, for the first time, held in our fantastic new Health and Fitness Centre. It was lovely that many UC4 girls were able to attend this, as well as UC5 and SFC girls.

The LC3 girls benefitted from the inaugural Networking Tea in June with over 40 guests from a huge variety of careers coming into College to meet the girls and talk about what their career entails. The UC4 girls have also had a Saturday morning session introducing them to the PGC staff, discussing the sorts of choices they will have to make in the near future and encouraging them to be as open-minded and thorough with their research as possible. They were also introduced to the Cambridge Occupational Analysts (COA) process of Careers guidance that they will start next term.

An important event in the Summer Term is the annual ‘What’s Next’ day for SFC1 girls in May. The girls took part in talks and activities, ranging from university talks and career workshops to CV writing sessions. The afternoon was dedicated to a buzzing Careers and Higher Education fair with over 40 universities and employers represented. Our regular careers and university lunchtime and after-school talks continue to be very popular with the girls in both Upper College and Sixth Form.

We particularly love welcoming back recent leavers to talk about their experiences. Guild member Lilibet O’Connor returned to tell the girls about her first year at Edinburgh University studying International Relations, and Xara Davies came back to talk about her experiences as a prestigious Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia.

Although we are now in the last two weeks of term, the PGC continues to be very busy with the UC5 girls finishing their work experience programme, in which girls have spent time in fascinating businesses like the cyber security firm NCC group.

The SFC1 Law Day in conjunction with law firm, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, is still to come and gives the girls a chance to learn more about many aspects of law and to take part in a gripping mock trial. This week sees the inaugural Parents’ Society and PGC careers networking event in which girls from UC5 and SFC hear from and network with parents representing a wide variety of important careers.

We are grateful to be able to work closely with parents and we have really enjoyed hosting SFC parents this term for talks on applying to university in the UK and the US and on the processes of completion, clearing and adjustment after the summer A Level and IB results.

Looking ahead to next term

The Autumn Term is always a busy and lively term for the PGC, with the SFC1 girls applying to university and the UC5 girls beginning their COA and Sixth Form subject choice processes. We do not forget Lower College though and all year groups can look forward to sessions on key areas such as transferable skills and gaining a greater understanding of the exciting careers of the future.

We are already looking forward to our three networking dinners next year, which will be on the themes of 'STEAM: The power of science and arts' in October, 'Law and public services' in February and 'The creative industries' in May. If you would be interested in attending one of these dinners as a guest representing your career area then please do let the PGC know.

Contacting the PGC

We are always keen to liaise with parents to discuss your daughter’s applications or career choices, or to provide further information about any of our provision or events, so please do not hesitate to contact the PGC by via phone or email (pgc@cheltladiescollege.org).